‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’ TV Spot; 4-Minute Preview to Debut Before ‘Hansel & Gretel’

Published 1 year ago by , Updated February 26th, 2013 at 7:02 am,

Though G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra was not everyone’s favorite film of 2009, it was successful enough the world over to give way to a sequel - G.I. Joe: Retaliation. And that sequel, which was supposed to hit theaters last summer, was, to the surprise of many, delayed nearly a year for 3D conversion and reshoots (that may or may not include more Channing Tatum).

We’ve seen a few theatrical trailers and TV spots already, and now we have a 90-second spot that primarily focuses on a mountain-climbing fight sequence between Snake Eyes (Ray Park) and a bunch of ninjas (once again to the tune of Jack White’s ‘Seven Nation Army’).  We also have word that four minutes from the film will be debuting before Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.

The 90-second spot starts out with a confrontation between mortal ninja enemies, Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow (Byung-hun Lee). Naturally, this leads to the aforementioned mountain-climbing fight between Snake Eyes and a whole bunch of other ninjas, whom Snake Eyes proceeds to cut down, one after the other. In mid-air. Thousands of feet off the ground.

The computer-generated mountain-climbing antics are mostly well-done, but they’re just a little bit reminiscent of the cartoonish ninja fight from the beginning of Blade 2.

The rest of the spot focuses on Roadblock (played by Dwayne Johnson) and General Joseph Colton (Bruce Willis), A.K.A. G.I. Joe himself. This will be the third movie this year where Willis plays an old action hero brought out of retirement to fight the bad guys (the other films being RED 2 and, of course, A Good Day to Die Hard).

GI Joe Retaliation Clip G.I. Joe: Retaliation TV Spot; 4 Minute Preview to Debut Before Hansel & Gretel

Interestingly, Channing Tatum – who reprises his role as Duke in the film – doesn’t appear in the spot at all (unlike the most recent trailer where he was seemingly the main character). I say that’s interesting because, since starring in the first G.I. Joe film, Tatum’s star has basically exploded, thanks to a string of hit roles in the past two years (Magic Mike most of all). It was reported last year that the infamous reshoots took place specifically to add more scenes with Channing Tatum, whose scenes from the original cut tested extremely well with audiences, but the director, Jon M. Chu, recently denied that that was the case.

If you’re dying to see more G.I. Joe: Retaliation footage, you should probably check out the 4-minute preview before Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (starring Jeremy Renner and Gemme Arterton), which premieres today. You should also read our set visit preview, courtesy of Ben Kendrick.

What say you, Screen Ranters? Are you looking forward to finally seeing G.I. Joe 2 in theaters? Let us know in the comments.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation hits theaters March 29th, 2013.

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  1. Nice ninja action! I wonder if the preview will play for non-3D showings. I only plan on seeing Hansel and Gretel in 2D.

  2. Storm Shadow burns in this trailer. ;)

  3. Saw it last night at a sneak preview of Hansel and Gretel. I have to say the 3D was not bad better than I expected. I hope the rest of the movie proves to be as good as that four minute spot was.

  4. I quickly glanced at the image in the article and immediately thought Deadpool. *Sigh*

  5. Hope the action scenes are not mutilated by quick cuts and bad editing !
    Interest so far !

  6. Not too bad 90 sec.. Not too bad..

  7. Just saw the 4 minute preview. It was awesome

  8. GI Joe… The Rock… The Bruce Willis? Sold.

    “Drive it like it you stole it!”

  9. Can’t wait for this, the first one was epic, I don’t see how it wasn’t good, like I always say, I sit down and watch the movie, don’t care about story or acting, it will be epic, trust me, well too anyone not looking to criticise it.

  10. I was disappointed that the theater I went to did not show the preview with Hansel and Gretel. They had one Jurassic Park 3D.

  11. I don’t know, saw the trailer seemed ok for an action film, but the first one was also very syfy with brilliant yet comical characters, where are they?? apart from storm & snake eyes no mention of the resat of the original G.I Team??

  12. sorry little spelling era at the end.

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