Tuesday, April 2 2013, 02:52 PM MDT
Movie Review: G.I. Joe - Retaliation
G.I. Joe: Retaliation
2.5 out of 5 Stars
Director • Jon M. Chu
Starring • Dwayne Johnson, D.J. Cotrona, Adrianne Palicki
Rated • PG-13
Recommended to • Those looking for a brainless action film that doesn’t desecrate your childhood memories of Snake Eyes, Lady Jaye and Storm Shadow.
With Cobra Commander locked away Zartan (Arnold Bosloo) launches a plan that will not only release his leader from prison but wipe out the G.I. Joes altogether.
“G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” was shockingly terrible and “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” all but acknowledges that by bringing in new writers, a different director and dropping most of the cast from the first film in favor of Dwayne Johnson (Roadblock) and Bruce Willis (General Joe Colton) and the lovely Adrianne Palicki (Jaye). I would have liked to see Rachel Nichols return as Scarlett at some point, but beggars can’t be choosers. Those returning include Jonathan Pryce (the President), Byung-hun Lee (Storm Shadow) and Ray Park (Snake Eyes) and Arnold Vosloo (Zartan). Oh, and lest I forget, Channing Tatium also drops in for a couple cups of coffee.
“Retaliation” isn’t particularly original in any regard, but it does have enough sense to not go to lengths to try and be a “Transformers” film like “The Rise of Cobra” did. There are still some silly gadgets and sci-fi elements that feel out of place, but for the most part this film is about the characters rather than the super suits that they’re wearing. The dialogue is fairly witty and produces its fair share of laughs. The action is well done, particularly the extended fight between Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes (which is all we really wanted in the first place).
“Retaliation” is infinitely more satisfying that “The Rise of Cobra” and ultimately that’s all I was realistically hoping for.
-Ryan Michael Painter