The new international trailer for G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra looks to hit all its cues, but viewers might come away with the early symptoms of CGI fatigue.
We're introduced to all the players, including General Hawk (Dennis Quaid), Destro (Christopher Eccleston) and The Baroness (Sienna Miller). We see that Cobra's minions get metallic masks, in keeping with G.I. Joe tradition. We learn that the Joes get elaborate bio-suits that turn them into semi-superheroes.
But, the tone so far looks to venture a little too far into camp. The action comes off way over the top, while the CGI skirmishes look not too far removed from the "one per half-hour" frame rate of the original animated series. The great war between the defenders of freedom and international terrorism is just looking a little childish in these trailers -- in an era when we're fighitng the real thing every day.
Then again, it's just a trailer. And it's not like this is aspiring to knock off Citizen Kane. There's a chance we'll be looking at more of The Mummy than Van Helsing. What say you?
G.I. Joe opens on August 7, 2009.