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Hold onto your hats with a kung-fu grip: the good folks at Hasbro are at it again with the upcoming "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" and if the trailer is any indication, it might very well be an improvement.
Take note: improvement wouldn't take much.
This time around, Channing Tatum and Adrianne Palicki return as Duke and Lady Jaye leading the G.I. Joes against the full force of the U.S. military.
Zartan has disguised himself as the President of the United States and has gotten Cobra a foothold in the White House under the command of the releasesd Cobra Commander - played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt in 2009's "G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra" and not appearing in this film. With Cobra pretty much in charge, the Joes get caught in a frame-up and are "terminated with extreme prejudice" by fellow Amerian troops. With the help of Johnson and Willis, they must now rise back up and take back control of the government.
Who knows? Johnson is almost guaranteed to make the sequel at least a little bit more entertaining, if for no other reason than because he's got the most legit presence of any action star working today. He's also a franchise-resurrecting lucky rabbit's foot, having helped make "Fast Five" arguably that franchise's best installment yet and making "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island" actually look lightyears more entertaining than the Brendan-Fraser-Trying-Too-Hard precursor "Journey To The Center Of The Earth In 3D."
And Willis? Hey, he's always John McClane to us. That is meant in the most awesome way, because he always delivers exactly what we expect and what we want.
Still, as noted above - it's a "G.I. Joe" sequel. Come with expectations firmly secured. This won't be "King Lear," but the first movie's story was so unforgivably stupid and full of holes, anything should be an improvement.
If nothing else, dig on the trailer's amazing dubstep rehash of the White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army." That alone is worth your two minutes.
The movie hits theateres June 29, 2012.