G.I. JOE: RETALIATION Clip Is Short And Ninja-Riffic

Just shoot the goddamn ninja, man.

There's a new G.I. Joe: Retaliation clip out there, and I'd be lying if I didn't say it was kind of sweet. But just kind of.

The clip features Saw the Devil, last seen in the hilarious Korean film, I, Saw the Devil, as a ninja named Snow Face, who enters into combat with another ninja named Snake Eyes. He throws some stars which have been designed to be thrown at his opponent, who shoots them out of the air with a machine gun. Cheating.

He then tries the trick again, only this time while running and kicking off walls. This seems to work better. And then it ends. You get this little opportunity to entice people to see your film and you choose a completely contextless throw-down that lacks any truly awesome moments. My favorite part doesn't have anything to do with action at all. It's the discovery that Snow Face puts on his jacket with his swords already attached to it. I never stopped and thought about how multi-sword shit like that might work in real life. Now I know. And knowing is half the battle.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation might seem like the kind of film I should be looking forward to, but I'm actually not excited about it at all, despite the quality of this brief clip. The Rock is not a solid indicator of quality. And holy shit, neither is Bruce Willis. The plot looks dumb as hell in the overcomplicated way, which is the opposite of my preferred kind of dumb as hell. The first film was sort of fun, but I forgot about it a long time ago. The best part was not Channing Tatum, but Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and as far as I understand, he's a no-show.

So if this film is another inexplicably awesome action extravaganza, I'll count myself as pleasantly surprised. Still, it's a fun clip.