As you may remember, sequel “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” was all set to go this summer. Paramount pushed it back to March 29, 2013, supposedly to add 3D. It turns that Channing Tatum’s Duke character was slated to die in the movie. Tatum’s star has skyrocketed after “21 Jump Street” and “Magic Mike.” Also, the movie apparently didn’t test that well overall with audiences. Time for some new military maneuvers.
The plot is worthy of G.I Joe’s cartoon roots. Evil terrorist organization Cobra has replaced the U.S. President with a lookalike. They have a fearsome weapon capable of world domination, and have killed all but a handful of Joe operatives. A handful is all they’ll need to save the world. Yo Joe!
In addition to Tatum, action icons Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Bruce Willis are in tow. My inner 13-year-old demands I see this, but I don’t have any high expectations. A true win for toymaker Hasbro isn’t just boffo box office, but young boys leaving the movie ready to buy G.I. Joe toys again. This has to be better than 2012’s attempt to revive an old toy brand in “Battleship.”