Thirty-Nine days later… reason #1 why G.I. Joe: Retaliation will be great

Has it really been 40 days?  Is that even possible?  I’m sure for Twitziller it feels like even more, but he’s right here on one last day to give us one last update to his 40 reasons why G.I. Joe: Retaliation will be great.


Is there any other choice?  Any other choice aside from arguably one of the most impressive action stars of the past few decades?  From Die Hard to Pulp Fiction, Bruce Willis has done it all.  He’s been around the block, and seen plenty of action, which is why his placement as the original “G.I. Joe” Joe Colton is so absolutely perfect.  Battle hardened, but with a desire to pass on his knowledge and skills, the original Joe pitches in to help the remaining members of G.I. Joe band together and overthrow the Cobra threat.

He’s not someone I would have ever expected to star in a G.I. Joe film, but now that he has, I can’t think of anyone else who would fit this role.

And that wraps up this amazing run of 40 straight days of Reasons why G.I. Joe: Retaliation will be great.  By now many of you have already seen the film and likely have some first hand knowledge about how close Twitziller was to some of his assumptions.  I want to thank Twitziller for putting in the elbow grease to do this on a daily basis as the Road to Retaliation nears its end.  A very exciting time to be a G.I. Joe fan, and I’m extremely pleased that he allowed me to share in this project by hosting it here on GeneralsJoes.

Now if you haven’t seen G.I. Joe: Retaliation yet, stop reading this RIGHT NOW and go to your nearest theater!  YO JOE!

Getting ever closer… Reason #2 why G.I. Joe: Retaliation will be great!

It’s been a long road, but here we are, almost at the end…  We’ve plowed through 38 reasons already, and today, on the eve of the reported G.I. Joe: Retaliation release, Twitziller comes up with the 39th.


A fantastic concept and the perfect extension of G.I. Joe’s semi-futuristic background, the Battle Kata vest and weapons system has been something that fans and toy makers have latched onto ever since it was first revealed.  The armored vest with carefully placed sheaths and holsters has become Roadblock’s trademark look, and Hasbro has amazingly been able to translate the components into the 4″ scale toy.  It’s crazy because it seems so close to reality, yet still maintains that close line to science fiction that is G.I. Joe’s specialty.

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The goal line is in sight! Reason #3 to see G.I. Joe: Retaliation!

In some places in the world (including one of my local theaters… YAY!) G.I. Joe: Retaliation is actually debuting tonight.  But still rolling with the official release date, Twitziller posts the latest update today, focusing on filming techniques.


Considering so many of the trailers and TV spots include shots in the dead of night with explosions and gunfire, it’s pretty evident that lighting is going to play a large role in the way G.I. Joe: Retaliation effectively portrays battle.  In fact, even as we see Firefly rolling up on his motorcycle and unleashing his robotic explosive drones the importance of lighting cannot be understated.

It’s always a challenge to show a dark environment, yet allow enough vision so the viewer knows what they’re seeing.  From all appearances, G.I. Joe: Retaliation has accomplished this.

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It’s officially G.I. Joe: Retaliation Week! Reason #4 to see it and love it

I think it says a lot about G.I. Joe as a brand and a property when they take what was arguably their strongest female character and kill her off, but are then able to find another equally strong female character to take the lead in the G.I. Joe: Retaliation sequel.  Twitziller recognizes the critical importance of Lady Jaye in the realm of G.I. Joe as well in today’s update.



Various clips, trailers, and TV spots have shown a Lady Jaye who is “take no prisoners” and “take no gruff” from anyone.  She is able to let all the men’s comments slide off her back, and lets her actions on the field of battle prove her worth to the G.I. Joe team.

As the apparent weapons expert and marksman of the G.I. Joe team, Lady Jaye unleashes all sorts of weapons of destruction through the film and Adrianne Palicki does a great job backing it up.  There is no doubt she is a key player in this universe and her introduction in this film has made a big impact.

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We are down to five days! Reason #5 G.I. Joe: Retaliation will rock!

Twitziller has been pulling weekend duty on these for the past couple of weeks now, but this is the last time!  Take next weekend off, you’ve earned it.  ;)

Today we discuss a key part of film making, and something that can be often overlooked.  So much attention is paid to acting chops, dialogue, and staging the shot, but Twitziller covers something oft overlooked in today’s entry.


I have to admit, I am an absolute sucker for effective motion in films or animation.  Sometimes it’s the little thing… in the Rise of Cobra there was a sequence where Storm Shadow dropped from a roof and grabbed the edge of the Cobra Gunship.  It was a very short, very small sequence, yet the sense of motion was amazing.  The feel of him dropping like a rock, then grabbing the edge and being swept up.  It was pretty thrilling.  I think Twitziller picked a fantastic shot up there, because one of the things that really thrills me about what I’ve seen with this film is Flint and his use of Parkour.  I can only think back to the excellent Bourne trilogy and the way their shot staging and motion directing impacts the flow of any scene, and I’ve seen many indications that it will be similar in G.I. Joe: Retaliation.  Flint’s slide underneath, his hop over, and even his seamless jump through a small window to tackle a Cobra Trooper all have a fantastic sense of quick and realistic motion.  I love it.

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Less than a week left! Reason #6 why G.I. Joe: Retaliation will be great!

Coming down the home stretch, and we’re officially less than a week from the film’s launch, but Twitziller is still going strong, breaking down reason #6 to go see G.I. Joe: Retaliation.


Twitziller covered Cobra Commander in an earlier entry, but as Rise of Cobra clearly showed, Cobra Commander can exist without his battle helmet…  but he’s not nearly as damn cool.  I could almost hear the collective geek out across the entire Joe fandom when this version of Cobra Commander was revealed for the first time in a trailer so many months ago.  Ever since, G.I. Joe fans have clung on every small appearance in a trailer, image, TV spot or character profile.  This battle helmet is a big reason why.

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Getting down to the wire…reason 7 why G.I. Joe: Retaliation will… Rock?

No pun intended in the title…  ah, who am I kidding?  Pun definitely intended.  It’s a Friday, which means Twitziller is focusing on a major factor today, and that factor is one that many of us can probably guess, especially based on my horrible pun up above.



I know I’ve mentioned in the past how humorous it is that only ten years ago, Hasbro could barely even keep the copyright active for Roadblock, and here we are with the character the focal point of the entire film franchise.  I think the character is a great choice, and the actor is equally great for this role.  So why does Roadblock make sense for the film?  He’s a larger than life character, with a lot of personality.  He’s someone who still has some open ends in his history, yet he’s familiar enough with fans to resonate.  He was a focal point in the cartoon, and had some very key roles in the comics as well, and was one of the few characters who could transcend both.

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Eight days until G.I. Joe: Retaliation and reason 8 why it’ll be great!

I’m sure Twitziller along with myself, realizes that the release date for Retaliation has shifted, but sticking with the theme is the only way to do this thing…see it all the way through to the end.  And speaking of the end, I think we all realize one of the climactic battles of the film will involve the Ripsaw tank and HISS Tanks going at it, and this is what Twitziller talks about today!


How awesome is that shot?  I’ve seen every teaser, every TV spot, and every trailer so far, and seen them multiple times, but I never really picked that particular scene out.  I’m glad Twitziller did.  Holy crap if that  doesn’t accentuate the cool factor of vehicle battle in this film, I don’t know what does.

State of the art vehicular technology, rolling over land, hurling raw power at each other.  Yeah, that looks amazing, and it’s truly an overlooked piece of the G.I. Joe mythology.  This scene looks like it’s going to be a blast!

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Nine thrilling days to go, and reason 9 that G.I. Joe: Retaliation is going to ROCK

The news is coming fast and furious… premieres across the world, movie scores being released.  Posters, movie clips, interviews.  It’s crazy!  Who would have thought nine months ago that the excitement and enthusiasm would be right back up at maximum with G.I. Joe: Retaliation making it’s big return.

Twitziller focuses his attention today on the reason for the delay, which has caused some controversy among the fandom and among audiences across the country.  Will the change be worth it?  Only time will tell.  Thankfully, not much time to wait!


Before I go into the whole 3D conflict and conundrum…  look at that picture up there.  Do you see those Cobra logos in the throwing stars?  How freaking AWESOME is that?  Kudos to Twitziller for picking up on that, I haven’t seen anyone else mention it.

As for 3D itself… is it a fad?  Yeah, maybe.  But it’s a fad that’s been going on 50 years now, and has made a resurgence in recent years.  And apparently it is huge Internationally.  Judging by the world wide scope of the press tour and premiere schedule, the folks promoting G.I. Joe: Retaliation are paying a lot of attention to the International market.  That’s smart.  Yes, I know G.I. Joe is “A Real American Hero” and I think that’s a big part of it’s appeal, but if promoting it this heavily worldwide can earn the film an extra few hundred million dollars, I’m willing to make some concessions on that fact.

Jon Chu’s vast experience with 3D production enabled the film crew to take existing footage and engineer it better for 3D, especially with some of the focal point fight scenes, like the ninja mountain battle.  Ultimately the success or failure of the 3D conversion and the financial gain from it may not even be measurable, but let’s all hope it makes enough impact to make G.I. Joe a viable brand again going forward.

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The TOP TEN. Within 10 days of G.I. Joe: Retaliation and reason #10 to see it

Holy wow.  The TOP TEN.  We have broken 10 days, G.I. Joe fans.  The film looms above us coming up at the end of March, and it’s tough to believe that we’re already only 10 days away.  Twitziller keeps the momentum going with one of the key scenes from the first trailer.


It’s amazing how spot on Twitziller is with some of these things and how you don’t really think about it until he mentions it.  Not just that, but it’s equally amazing that the film makers were able to latch on to key elements of the G.I. Joe mythology and technology this way.  Because he’s exactly right, motorcycles have always played a huge role in the G.I. Joe mystique throughout the years.  From the RAM to the Silver Mirage, and all the way up to the Venom and Ninja Cycles from Valor Vs. Venom.  Even if motorcycles don’t get much use in a “real world” military setting, they are simply too cool to ignore, and fun as heck to play with.

Firefly’s Cobra motorcyle is a bit unique of course, and by the looks of things can only be used once in its explosive capacity.  That sort of crazy, out of the box thinking is what makes the Cobra technology so cool.

“Hey Destro… make me a $100,000 motorcycle that turns into missiles and EXPLODESSSS!”

“Yes, Cobra Commander…”


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