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?
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.
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.
Excerpt: Roadblock (Dwayne Johnson) and Firefly (Ray Stevenson) bulk up for roughened fisticuffs as their ninja counterparts Storm Shadow (Byung-Hun Lee) and Snake Eyes (Ray Park) sling across mountains on chaotic zipline action. Styles are vibrantly varied, plunged together amidst a burdened script which often slips into ill-explained exposition. G.I.
Excerpt: Nimbleness is next to godliness in the action films of Jon M. Chu. Those who can seamlessly glide, bend, and contort take control of time and space, creating their own gravitational pull. As a result, they challenge the limits of what a body can do, helping to realize personal identity through harmonized movement. It's a natural-born talent that can produce infinite kinetic possibilities on screen. And us mortals simply watch in awe from the sidelines.