“Call me Joe,” says Bruce Willis in the new trailer for G.I. Joe: Retaliation. Don’t mind if we do, sir. Over a year since we got the first look at Jon M. Chu’s sequel to G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)—also known as the earnest version of Team America: World Police (2004)—we now get a better look at a lot of stuff exploding. And Channing Tatum.
Gone is the “Seven Nation Army” auto-tune mash-up from the first trailer, where we learned the G.I. Joes had been “terminated with extreme prejudice” by the American President (Jonathan Pryce). In this second look, however, it turns out the President isn’t quite himself. This time around London gets the brunt of the blasting, though any tragedy is off-set by a plethora of one-liners quipped by Bruce Willis. Yippie ki-yay. Wait. Wrong Franchise.
While we’re not exactly getting our hopes up about this sequel, it’s worth noting Chu’s track record. Chu has managed to sustain—enliven might be too strong a word—the Step Up series and also made Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (2011). (Which, if you’ll recall, was on John Waters top ten list of that year, for whatever that’s worth.) Since the first instalment, directed by Stephen Sommers, failed critically Chu has some serious rebooting on his hands. So, with no action titles to his name, it’s fair to assume the studio is banking on the pull of his previous films. Or, and this is the ideal scenario, the G.I. Joes have to dance battle to save the world, and there’s no better director to capture it than Chu