Conclusion: If lots of explosions, an endless string of gunfire, and plenty of marital arts action sounds even the least bit palatable, check out G.I. Joe: Retaliation . It's the zenith of polished, action-packed modern shoot-em-up marvels. Better, it's a superior film to the previous installment in every area. Better characterization, a good story, and a more faithful adaptation of classic G.I. Joe makes it a runaway success within its natural confines.
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?
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: 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.
Conclusion: So all in all, I was very pleased with G.I. Joe: Retaliation as a standalone film, not to mention this spectacular Blu-ray release from Paramount that boasts stunning High-Definition video and bombastic lossless audio as well as surplus of extras that will keep you busy for a couple hours.
Summary: Brand-driven filmmaking is so pervasive in modern event cinema, it can be very difficult to set corporate agendas aside and simply enjoy a movie as an escapist piece of entertainment. Opening as it does with a giant 3D Hasbro logo, G.I. Joe: Retaliation really had its work cut out in this regard. But wow – this movie is awesome.