Initial reaction upon viewing the third theatrical trailer for G.I. Joe: Retaliation is that… there wasn’t a whole lot of new angles to this thing. Of course, that’s expected. We’ve already seen a few domestic and international trailers, and a few TV spots. At this point it’s going to be tough to get new footage out there without starting to reveal key components of the story.
However, we did a few cool new snippets of action.
The opening scene of Jinx and Snake Eyes walking across the mountain and hooking their grappling hook was something we hadn’t seen before. We also know at this point that they are heading into a battle with Storm Shadow. One assumes that they probably win this battle and that it’s Storm Shadow they are carrying in a glorified “body bag” as they swing away from the Red Ninja.
Scenes with the ambush on G.I. Joe and the president are all taken from previous trailers, though they’re cut somewhat differently and more quick-paced, leading me to believe this trailer is more focused on action than plot exposition.
We see a President with a sense of humor, poking some fun at North Korea, and the opening of the weaponized briefcase is a bit more elaborate than we’ve seen in previous footage.
London’s destruction seems more developed and a bigger focus here as well, with several shots of the country exploding from various different angles.
Fantastic scenes of Cobra invading domestic soil seem to be a bit longer as well, with an extra unfurl of the Cobra flag over the nation’s capital, and what feels like an extra second of the HISS Tank menacingly rolling down the street. My eyes might be playing tricks on me, but it felt like these scenes were a bit longer here than in previous trailers.
The Roadblock/Duke exchange about needing a new catch phrase kicks the music up a notch and we get a series of very well-cut scenes with some new footage. Cobra Commander striding towards the camera is an excellent one, as is a great shot of the Cobra helicopter flying away from the camera with some thrusters in back.
We see the Ripsaw tearing stuff up with rocket launchers, and SPOILER ALERT!!11! Cobra’s Mass Driver satellite gets nuked in orbit (it’s the only way to be sure). These all feel like scenes that we have not witnessed previously.
Trailer closes with some more Bruce Willis/Joe Colton wise cracking, but focusing on his retirement with some nice Lady Jaye/Colton head-bashing mixed in.
Overall I thought it was another great trailer. I’m not sure if Jon Chu himself is directly involved in the editing of the trailers (I suspect he is) but if so, his background in dance choreography and action mixing with music helps immensely in selling these films. Loved the music, loved the transitions, loved the chosen action sequences. No this trailer did not give us a wealth of new insight about the film, but with some added footage and some tweaked editing, it was a really fun 1:44 of G.I. Joe, and it feels like it’s been way too long since we had that. Check out the embedded trailer below, and a gallery of screen shots at the bottom.
Below are some screen caps…I do apologize, they are not of the best quality, but did reveal some neat details I hadn’t necessarily seen before. Do with them what you will.
At least that’s the report from Ethan at First Showing (that Tweet was posted yesterday, hence the “tomorrow” timeline), and given the sneak peek at the trailer last night on ET, that sounds like good intel to me. I would imagine it will debut on YouTube, possibly on Machinima’s channel, since they’ve been a pretty steady partner of G.I. Joe: Retaliation over the past twelve months.
It would also make sense as well, since I’m going to be on the road for business, and both Paramount and Hasbro seem to like breaking news while I’m away from my computer.
Regardless, I’ll do whatever I can to post info from the Trailer and geek out with the rest of you Joe fans as close to noon as humanly possible. To go along with the trailer, there is a video on YouTube of the Entertainment Tonight trailer “sneak peek” from last night, which features a tiny bit of new footage. There seems to be more London destruction, a more elaborate sequence of the Cobra briefcase opening up, and possibly a few other little items. Check out that YouTube video below, and then be glued to the web today at noon for the latest G.I. Joe: Retaliation trailer!
I think it might just be fair to say that the G.I. Joe: Retaliation promotional train is officially back on track! With an interview last night on Entertainment Tonight, Dwayne Johnson gets the film back in the spotlight, and now we have a new trailer hitting today at 12:00pm noon. Along with this, both Jon Chu and Lee Byung-hun traveled to Hong Kong’s CineAsia 2012 to show off some G.I. Joe: Retaliation footage as well as the latest trailer.
From the sounds of the description from the Hollywood Reporter, the footage is the same that was shown at BNAT 14. The article, goes on to say:
“While the teaser of the original 2D G.I. Joe: Retaliation, originally slated for a June 2012 release, concentrated more on the story of its protagonists being excommunicated by the US government, the new trailer of the converted 3D version (which debuts in the U.S. on March 29, 2013) plays up its staggering visuals and action scenes.
Chu, who appeared on stage with Lee at the presentation at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, described the making of Retaliation as “really insane.” Pointing to his actor – whose role of Storm Shadow was “expanded” in the sequel, according to Paramount Pictures International president Mark Viane – Chu said: “His abs in 3D look amazing.”
The trailer was followed by the screening of a fight sequence featuring Lee, and set in a Himalayas monastery.”
So, ladies, you might not see as much Channing Tatum in the sequel as you did in the Rise of Cobra, but hey! Lee Byung-hun abs in 3D! That’s cool, too, right?
Sadly, they did not include the actual G.I. Joe: Retaliation trailer teaser with this interview as they did during the show last night, but the interview itself has been posted on ET.com for your viewing pleasure.
It’s not a real serious look at the film, but Johnson is always entertaining.