G.I. Joe: Retaliation


Among all the things that were announced/shown off at this year’s CinemaCon in Las Vegas, NV, we got an earth-shattering glimpse of what’s to come in G.I. Joe: Retaliation this summer. The most notable thing about the trailer was all the destruction. Part of me thought I was watching the sequel to 2012 (2012 Part 2?). We see the London Eye, House of Parliament, and even the Waterloo Bridges being blown to smithereens. If that isn’t enough, I just about had a heart attack seeing Bruce Willis playing the assumed Father of John McClain, otherwise known as The Joe himself. We even got to see Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson in full get-up. It seems like he’s always incredibly tan, ridiculously sweaty, and veined up no matter the role he is playing.

In the upcoming installment, the Joes have broken up due to a fatal incident involving the President’s successfully stolen identity. The remaining members have gone underground and attempt to track down the O.G. Joe Colton (Bruce Willis) to assist them in taking down the evil Zartan. A truly villainous name, indeed, but everyone in these movies has cool code names like in the comic books. The Rock is ‘Roadblock,’ Adrianne Palicki is ‘Lady Jaye,’ Ray Stevenson is ‘Firefly,’ and Channing Tatum will be reprising his role as ‘Duke.’ Unfortunately, Joseph Gordon-Levitt will not be in this sequel but Ray Park will be returning as ‘Snake Eyes,’ and there’s always The RZA as ‘Blind Master‘ to look forward to.

The best part of what I learned this year is how I know the director of the new Joe film. Jon M. Chu is probably best known for directing the genius that is Step Up 2: The Streets and Step Up 3D (or you may know him from his small acting role in Super Cop 2 LOLZ!), but you may NOT know he took his dance movie expertise to the interwebs when he wrote, directed, produced and even starred in LXD: The League of Extraordinary Dancers. A short but pretty darn good web series about a super-powered group of dancers. I know so much about this web series because a personal friend and incredible dancer, Terence Dickson, stars in it as well as Step Up 3D. I am not sure how well Chu’s experience will translate in the new G.I. Joe movie but all the press, trailers, clips, and personal experience I have had tells me that the sequel will be far better the first one, which I didn’t think was too terrible for what it was. John M. Chu had the following to say:

I grew up with G.I. Joe. I played with all the toys, and I was a little spoiled kid, so I got all my brother’s and sister’s toys. I would play in the backyard in my sandbox, in the trees, in the couches. And if [a toy’s] arm would break off — even better. The story would get more interesting. I’m convinced this is where I learned to tell stories.”

I got to meet some of the cast at CinemaCon and they all seem very confident about the direction this one is taking. It may have been Dwayne Johnson’s humongous and intimidating figure leering over me, but I promised him I would be first in line for the opening. I don’t want to piss him off so I will be standing in line from now until its release on June 29th. Stay up to date on G.I Joe and lots of other Nerdy stuff at the only place for your inner Nerd, Nerdlocker!

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