Freedom Is Fought For in 'G.I. Joe 2' Trailer

[caption id="attachment_98184" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Paramount"]G.I. Joe: Retaliation[/caption]

If the sight of Cobra banners being unfurled in front of the White House doesn't give you chills, nothing will.

Somewhat surprisingly, Jon M. Chu, the director of "Step Up 3D" and "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never," looks to have brought a grungy edge to "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," a considerable (and welcome) shift from the empty, big-studio gloss of Stephen Sommers' original movie. There actually seems to be things at stake in this one, as well as a sense of danger and tragedy (Channing Tatum's absence from most of the trailer makes us wonder -- gulp! -- does Duke actually get killed?).

The trailer lets us know the basic plot of the sequel, which involves the Joes getting framed and marked for "termination with extreme prejudice" by the very government the freedom fighters serve, and serves as a showcase for the new characters (particularly Dwayne Johnson's Roadblock, who, as any hardcore Joe fan knows, can handle a .50 caliber machine gun with his bare hands).

The trailer also ends with the introduction of a certain character played by a certain super-famous actor involved in a rather strange dialogue exchange with Adrianne Palicki's Lady Jaye. Weird.

Check out the trailer below, courtesy of YouTube's embed of the Machinima exclusive. "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" (there doesn't seem to be a "2" in the title) opens June 29, 2012.