There's a lot of grumbling and groans about the upcoming film G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra floating around the web and for while I've been trying to keep my cup of "Joe" half full. But after watching the latest trailer for the movie, I too had to start jeering this re-imagining of one of my favorite childhood cartoons.
In this trailer, we see Duke (Channing Tatum), Ripcord (Marlon Wayans) and Scarlett (Rachel Nichols) show some skin as they work out. The antics are just laughable and goes against the tone of the previous clips which focus more on the Joe's fight against the terrorist exploits of Cobra.
Earlier trailers for the movie featured amazing disaster sequences with explosions and destruction reigning around the world. It sets up the need for an elite U.S. covert ops team, the Joes to come save the day. From there is a lot of foot-to-ass fight sequences and car chases which always make me eager to buy a ticket. For future reference, cars+explosions+kickass = ed happy.
The film is seems to be inspired loosely by Hasbro's G.I. Joe Sigma Six franchise which appeared in comics, cartoons and of course action figures. In Sigma Six, the Joes use special gauntlets which activate special devices, artillery and armor to thwart their foes. This is a far departure from the original animated series and 80's serial comic book which portrayed Cobra as a blundering corp of egotistical villains. The movie trailers don't seem have that tone and more importantly, evolved the group into a worldwide organization that knows how to put the terror in terrorist.
For those of us who enjoyed the tongue and cheek 80's cartoon, G.I. Joe, Season 1.1 was released last week. The 4-disc set features some the series' multi-part, serial episodes as well other memorable individual episodes.
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra hits theaters in wide release August 7, 2009