"Harder, more raw, really human-based."
Those were the targets set by John Chu for his Dwayne Johnson-led GI Joe sequel - and you'll be able to find out if he's achieved them when GI Joe: Retaliation hits cinemas on March 27.
But to keep you going until then, here's a UK exclusive interview with the director, who seems a bit giddy about directing his first action flick.
And quite right too, it does feature explosions, Bruce Willis and Snake Eyes after all.
Check out the video below, and then tell us - are you excited for GI Joe Retaliation ?