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G.I. Joe: Retaliation
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08.01.2013 By: Mathew Plale
G.I. Joe: Retaliation order
Director:
Jon M. Chu

Actors:
Dwayne Johnson
Channing Tatum
Bruce Willis

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
The Joes face off against Cobra Commander, and come across a plot involving a high-level imposter and nuclear weapons.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
If you never played with G.I. Joe action figures, then you wouldn’t have bothered with 2009’s The Rise of Cobra and you’ll certainly avoid its sequel, Retaliation. This is the kind of movie made for and by nostalgic fans.

It’s only fair to note that this reviewer never bothered with the Hasbro line (I was more of a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles kid) and so I see no way to differentiate G.I. Joe: Retaliation and any number of other meathead action flicks with handsome faces pretending they know how to operate a weapon.

There are explosions and gunfire and dumb lines (“They call it waterboard…but I never get bored!”) and all sorts of other things to keep one entertained for 110 minutes, and you want Duke (Channing Tatum) and Roadblock (Dwayne Johnson) and Lady Jaye (D.J. Cotrona) and Flint (Adrianne Palicki) and whoever else to survive in the same way you didn’t want their plastic limbs to snap off while playing in the sandbox. There’s probably not much more a G.I. Joe fan could want, except for maybe a Lady Jaye shower scene.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation isn’t a particularly good action movie. As to whether it’s a worthy franchise entry, that’s more up to you than someone who would rather play with Master Splinter than Snake Eyes.

THE EXTRAS
Commentary by director Jon M. Chu and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura: Chu and di Bonaventura cover a lot of ground in this track, touching on the cast, locations, the action scenes, and much more.

G.I. Joe: Declassified (1:12:56) collects eight segments, which look at Chu’s approach, the action sequences, filming locations/sets, and more. They are: Mission Briefing (10:02), Deployment (8:06), Two Ninjas (7:34), The Desert Attack (8:25), Cobra Strikes (8:57), The Lone Soldiers (7:43), The Monastery (9:56), and Fort Sumter (12:09).

Deleted Scenes (3:59): There are three here, which can be viewed separately or as a whole. They are: “Pakistani President Assassinated,” “Interns” and “Arlington.”

Also included are a DVD and UltraViolet.

FINAL DIAGNOSIS
G.I. Joe: Retaliation, like its predecessor, The Rise of Cobra, will only be enjoyed by fans of the Hasbro action figure line. Action lovers may be amused, but they won’t be as attached and so won’t get the complete thrill that ‘80s kids will. Special features include an audio commentary, deleted scenes and looks at various aspects of the movie.
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11:27AM on 08/01/2013

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As a fan of the first film (it has flaws, but it's everything the 'Transformers' franchise wished it even remotely aspire to), it gave me everything a live action adaptation of a cartoon series based on a toy line should have. Fun action scenes in which I know who is where and their relation to everything else? Check. Good actors selling admittedly bad dialogue? Check. Weird, entirely put of place humping jokes? Thank god, nope! The humor mostly suited the proceedings. So, I was actually a
As a fan of the first film (it has flaws, but it's everything the 'Transformers' franchise wished it even remotely aspire to), it gave me everything a live action adaptation of a cartoon series based on a toy line should have. Fun action scenes in which I know who is where and their relation to everything else? Check. Good actors selling admittedly bad dialogue? Check. Weird, entirely put of place humping jokes? Thank god, nope! The humor mostly suited the proceedings. So, I was actually a bit excited for this sequel, and would have been more so if the production wasn't so crazy. Still optimistic though. Then came the mostly positive reviews, claiming it was a better film than the first, a lot of fun, etc. And that got me more pumped. Then I saw it. The too few action scenes are good, but the movie bends over backwards to retcon, change, or just ignore a lot of stuff from the first one. Why not just reboot it, and not tie into the franchise? It's pretty clearly that's what the wanted to do but couldn't. More importantly, the subplot with Snake Eyes is infinitely more interesting than the main plot, and should have been the focus. It also gave us one of two really good, memorable action scenes. For a supposed action, that's not nearly enough. And finally we have Flint. Terribly acted, terribly written, terribly boring. The tech guy Mouse should have been the one to live, as he has a personality, and is actually set up, seemingly to be important, but nope. Overall, it's clunky and tries to change too much from the first film to be a good sequel or be able to stand on it's own as a movie (seriously, 40 or so minutes in is when the movie stops retconning the first and gets it's own plot). Definitely not the worst action film of the year, but it's the biggest disappointment of the year for me, so far.
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7:46AM on 08/01/2013
I enjoyed the first one except for it's overuse of CGI. This sequel luckily uses less CGi, but insted of 3 or 2D characters, has ONE dimensional ones. Not one likable character despite the charismatic actors involved. A story you have seen a thousand times (heroes go rouge, and must prove their justice). And it ends like "to be continued...". Nothing to really be excited about.
I enjoyed the first one except for it's overuse of CGI. This sequel luckily uses less CGi, but insted of 3 or 2D characters, has ONE dimensional ones. Not one likable character despite the charismatic actors involved. A story you have seen a thousand times (heroes go rouge, and must prove their justice). And it ends like "to be continued...". Nothing to really be excited about.
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1:15AM on 08/01/2013
I liked it, and I thought it was better than the first one. Sure, Retaliation was very goofy, but it wasn't as goofy as the first go-round. It did benefit from The Rock, Jonathan Pryce playing a better Bond villain than the one he actually did, more of Ray Park as Snake Eyes (in a cooler costume and without the exposed mouth), a decent interpretation of Cobra Commander and Bruce Willis popping up to enter "1776" as the security code for his gun closet. I think Jon Chu did really good work for
I liked it, and I thought it was better than the first one. Sure, Retaliation was very goofy, but it wasn't as goofy as the first go-round. It did benefit from The Rock, Jonathan Pryce playing a better Bond villain than the one he actually did, more of Ray Park as Snake Eyes (in a cooler costume and without the exposed mouth), a decent interpretation of Cobra Commander and Bruce Willis popping up to enter "1776" as the security code for his gun closet. I think Jon Chu did really good work for the guy who's mainly known for that Justin Bieber "concert-documentary" and I do want to listen to his commentary track for the film. The cliff-side face-off between Snake Eyes and Jinx and the Cobra troops was almost balletic and really fun to watch.
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11:28AM on 08/01/2013
Good point. I forgot when that concert movie was released.
Good point. I forgot when that concert movie was released.
11:25AM on 08/01/2013
Yeah, he did make his name with the dance films. It's just that when he was announced as the director for the GI JOE sequel, it was just after the Justin Bieber flick had been released and that was probably a big part of people not wishing to support him or Retaliation.
Yeah, he did make his name with the dance films. It's just that when he was announced as the director for the GI JOE sequel, it was just after the Justin Bieber flick had been released and that was probably a big part of people not wishing to support him or Retaliation.
11:09AM on 08/01/2013
Isn't Mr. Chu better known for his 'Step Up' movies? Those reach a broader audience, etc.
Isn't Mr. Chu better known for his 'Step Up' movies? Those reach a broader audience, etc.

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