Operation: Red Rerieval is a 20 minute long, fan made, movie. It’s a G.I. Joe film that Hasbro has nothing to do with.
The film took Mark Cheng about a year and a half of his life to complete and seems to have been very much a labour of love. He writes;
Through working on this film – a process that took a year and a half – I realized the significance that GI Joe played in my childhood. Batman works alone, X-men was about strength in diversity, Transformers was pure awesome robots. But GI Joe was about a team of heroes working together, taking care of one another, never giving up, and staying until the fight was won. That’s what I saw in my head, kept in my heart, and what I’ve tried to put into this film. As adults we’ve lost some of our innocence and, tragically, some of our idealism. We know heroes don’t dodge bullets by doing cartwheels. Sometimes they get hurt, sometimes they don’t come home. But under layers of dirt, grime, and blood, the hero is still there and he still sacrifices. And it’s under those same layers of dirt and blood, that the spirit of GI Joe will always live.
I know the actual G.I. Joe move wasn’t popular. They struggled to get the feeling and the flare right. Today, though, is perhaps not the day to slag it off. It was announced today that a crew member died on the set of G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation.