Excerpt: "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" features some solid casting and a couple of good action scenes, but overall it has great lapses in logic and narrative (even for a movie based on a toy) and it lacks the spectacle of its predecessor.
Excerpt: G.I. Joe has captured Cobra Commander and Destro, unaware that Zartan (Arnold Vosloo) has escaped by disguising himself as the President of the United States (Jonathan Pryce) and he uses his executive power to send an attack against the Joes, reducing them to the trio of Roadblock (Dwayne Johnson), Lady Jaye (Adrianne Palicki) and Flint (D.J. Cotrona).
Conclusion: A part of me hoped that the Extended Action Cut would make 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' into a less mediocre movie. Sadly, while it fixes some of the film's problems, it adds new ones. I doubt it will win over any new converts who didn't already like the movie before. In fact, on balance, I think I'd rather watch the theatrical cut. At the very least, the Blu-ray still looks and sounds pretty terrific, even if it loses some bonus features. Do I recommend the disc?
Excerpt: In G.I. Joe: Retaliation , the Joes are double-crossed during a covert operation, resulting in the death of some of their key players (like Duke, played briefly by Channing Tatum, Magic Mike ). Now, Road Block (Dwayne Johnson, Fast and Furious 6 ), Snake Eyes (Ray Park, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace ), Lady Jaye (Adrianne Palicki, Red Dawn ) and some others are on the run from a country run by Cobra!
Conclusion: The easiest way to enjoy G.I. Joe: Retaliation is by entering with low expectations and proceeding to think of comparable films worse than it. For instance, while this sequel doesn't really excel in acting, story, logic, or excitement, at least it's coherent and watchable, not a Transformers -style sensory assault.
Summary: Retaliation is a welcome and worthy addition to the franchise. Action-packed, comedic at the right times, and preaching the brotherhood strictly found among those who serve together, it escapes the sequel curse by managing to outdo its predecessor and paves the way for the third incarnation which is currently in the beginning stages.
Conclusion: As far as I'm concerned, 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' marks the first time that the G.I. Joe franchise has actually appeared on screen in live action form. That garbage in the 'Rise of Cobra' movie bore no resemblance to anything I know as G.I. Joe. Sadly, being a quantum leap improvement in every level still only means that the new film rises to the level of mediocrity.
Conclusion: The first G.I. Joe film wasn't a favorite for many, especially fans of the â€˜80s Joes, but the trailer for Retaliation offered plenty of promise, with more big names and impressive visuals. The film itself was certainly better for fans of the animated team, and delivers plenty of fireworks and fan service, but it falls just short of being the blow-out most fans hoped for, for a number of reasons.
Excerpt: Thirty some odd years ago I remember watching the G.I. Joe cartoon and reading the comics. I never had any real ambitions of being a soldier, but watching this elite group of special forces fight the forces of evil was a nice thing to see (albeit in animated form). Three decades later Hollywood has fulfilled every Generation X’ers dream and has made a full-length feature film. Gasp! Shock! In truth, this is actually the sequel to the 2009 film G.I.