Saturday, March 30, 2013

Movie Review: G.I. Joe: Retaliation

G.I. Joe: Retaliation
Directed by Jon M. Chu
Starring Dwayne Johnson, Channing Tatum, Arnold Vosloo, Byung-hun Lee, Bruce Willis, and more.

This is the sequel to G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. I really enjoyed that first film, so I was hoping this movie would be just as good.

I've got mixed feelings about the film. I think parts of it were great and parts not so much.

I didn't realize Channing Tatum's role was so small in this movie. He was pretty funny. I think the banter between him and "Roadblock" a.k.a Dwayne a.k.a. The Rock were great.

The plot features an infiltration of Cobra into the government. Cobra Commander is broke out of prison first since he had been captured. The G.I. Joe's are seen as traitors for "abandoning" their mission but it's all an illusion so that Cobra can get rid of them. The cheap shots at North Korea were funny. They were so over-the-top though it was like the North Koreans were cartoon characters/caricatures. This film has got a lot of action. A lot of cool scenes where things are blowing up. The technology used was exciting and different from things seen in other movies. It wasn't all about just getting bigger guns. Though there was plenty of that. The scene where the Joes are loading up on weapons at Joe's house was too cliche. The villain Firefly had an arsenal of electronic fireflies that were awesome. Not only were they visually fascinating to look at on screen as fireflies set a calm and serene mood but the punch they hold as weapons made them literally have an impact. The overall story was really entertaining.

I did become pretty tired of Lady Jaye constantly using her sexuality to get at Cobra, especially with the fixation on her butt. I did not care for the performances of the actors who played Flint and Jinx. I felt like they didn't add much to the story. I loved the tension between Snake Eyes and Shadow Storm. I loved their back-story from the first film so it was great seeing more of it.

The Joes do a great job of kicking everyone's butts. Bruce Willis was great and funny, too, as the original Joe. I'd probably give this film a B-. It was good but not great.

-O.Pelaez

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