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: 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.
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: G.I. Joe: Retaliation is a stupid movie. Its plot is razor thin, the structure is utterly bizarre, and the exposition-laden dialogue regularly borders on the ridiculous. But when you realize that you just watched Dwayne Johnson ride on a tank that looks exactly like the toy you played with as a kid and have just as much fun doing so, it’s hard not to say it was all worth it.
Excerpt: Beyond general soullessness and stupidity—and all the other things associated with the phrase “in association with Hasbro”—the biggest problem with 2009’s G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra is that it’s a lumbering beast, bogged down by too many characters and an incomprehensible plot. Some of that is endemic to the franchise: With the individual members of the G.I.