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Published on April 27th, 2012 | by Bags Hooper


GI Joe Retaliation Takes its Script Cues from GI Joe Renegades Cartoon

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After failing to give GI Joe fans or movie goers in general a decent movie in GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra, the creative team has apparently decided to take plot cues from the 2010 cartoon GI Joe Renegades (which premiered on HUB TV).

The latest trailer showed us two things. The core plot is exactly that of GI Joe Renegades. The government sees Cobra as a force for good, while ruling the Joes as renegades of the nation. It’s also got a touch of X2 in it. Similar to Mystique in X2, the president has been removed from office by a shapeshifter (probably Zartan in this case).

Bruce Willis gets to play General Joseph Colton, the original Joe. For fans of the Larry Hama comic book, the trailer will feel like an egregious mishmosh of story lines. In order to wipe our memories of the first GI Joe film, the creative team has dived into the annals of Joe history to whip out Joe. It’s a nice touch, but the creative team also decided to go overboard on the ninjas – just like the super suits in first film. You’ll see the Red Ninja clan as well as several other sword wielding heroes, heroines and villains.

Also, Snake-Eyes looks like an alien from the Battleship movie. WTF is that about? His head looks comically out of proportion.

Watch the trailer

If the team stuck with the Renegades theme, they’d probably have a decent movie on their hands. The cartoon is excellent, even though it didn’t receive the attention it deserved. It featured a grittier Joe clan, with its back against the wall. Most of Retaliation seems to be designed around getting kids out to see Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Even the trailer opens up with Johnson introducing the film. I’ve been a fan of Johnson since he was The Rock so I’m happy to see him as the lead in a blockbuster film. I just wish the creative team didn’t try to cram so much Joe mythos into a two-hour movie. Sometimes slow pacing trumps over indulging in Michael Bay level explosions, which this trailer delivers.

How much are you looking forward to, or not looking forward to, seeing GI Joe Retaliation?

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