G.I. Joe: Retaliation Better than the first
In an attempt to recover from the messy first opening of G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra, the series gets a sequel in G.I. Joe: Retaliation that also a partial reboot. What’s the same- Zartan (Arnold Volos) is in the White House pretending to be the president (Jonathan Price) while the real one is being held captive. Duke’s (Channing Tatum) best friend is Roadblock (the Rock) Flint and Lady Jaye who I could have sworn died in the first movie are both around this time. After the assumption that most of the Joes were killed in the first movie many seen to reanimate only to get killed in yet another Joe base ambush this time. Seriously I watched the cartoons a ton this doesn’t happen to much. At least G.I. Joe: Retaliation explains why Storm Shadow isn’t dead. They do still kill off Duke rather early. After the ambush only Roadblock, Flint, Lady Jaye and Snake Eyes are alive. Storm Shadow pretending to be Snake Eyes aided by Firefly manages to break in and rescue Cobra Commander. Leaving Destro behind. More WTF moments.
The remaining Joes have to figure out how to stop Cobra. The real Snake Eyes aided by Jinx work to bring Storm Shadow to justice. I saw G.I. Joe: Retaliation in 3D to see if the huge delay for 3D conversion says worth it. Admittedly the movie looks pretty good. They remembered to lighten it since many after completion films tend to be super dark — I’m looking at you Immortals. The best use is arguably the scene in the alps. This looks wildly impressive and it pulls you into the film. Unfortunately there just isn’t a lot to offer here. While its better than the previous version, that wasn’t a huge bar to hurdle over. The movie still suffered from a questionable plot, and the constant killing off of characters creates far to many issues if they want this to be a franchise. The plus side Channing doesn’t have that many lines in this. As much as I like Channing in his action roles my tolerance for him is based on how much time he spends talking. Bruce Willis plays the guy that the G.I. Joes are based on and he gladly plays an older guy who doesn’t spend a ton of time doing action. It looks way less forced then his turn in Live Free or Die Hard and I love Bruce. While the 3D looks good enough the lack of a quality movie will make you curse the amount you paid to see this. It’s not bad…but it’s not good either.
My rating: Redbox
Director: John M. Chu
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Release Date: March 28, 2013
Run time: 1 hour 50 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Images courtesy of Paramount Pictures