G.I. Joe: Retaliation (Film Review)

Mar 29, 2013
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G.I. Joe: Retaliation is the sequel to Stephen Sommers' The Rise of Cobra. And I get it, that film was so terrible and messed up. Remember back in that year 2009 where they released a teaser trailer to Rise of Cobra and I got pumped up. Not just because I was a fan of the 80s G.I. Joe cartoons, but because 'twas a part of my whole childhood. I collected action figures including Storm Shadow, Cobra Commander and Snake Eyes. That was my whole enjoyment and the reason why I got hooked up to collecting more toys like Transformers and Star Wars. Then Rise of Cobra came out and I was completely in awe of disappointment. It was probably the biggest disappointment I have saw in a movie since The Phantom Menace. And there we go, we are being treated a sequel to a horrible film and a thankfully a different director than before, Jon M. Chu, and it was entitled as G.I. Joe: Retaliation. Will it retaliate the sins and the shitfest the first one did? Read this review after the jump.

This sequel had something more to offer unlike Rise of Cobra. The president now is an impostor (if you've remember the ending from Rise of Cobra the Zartan impersonate the current president), destroying and betraying the forces of the Joes and started eliminating them. After the shocking incident that happened, killing countless lives including Duke, only three had survived. And that includes Roadblock, Lady Jaye and Flint, and it's up to them to retaliate Cobra Commander and his apprentices and also to prevent a nuclear
outrage from occurring. 

Like what you read earlier, I'm a big fan of the G.I. Joe franchise and hated the 2009 film. G.I. Joe: Retaliation is action-packed and simultaneously fun surprisingly. You got Dwayne Johnson, playing Dwayne Johnson and Magic Mike blown up towards the 20 minute mark of the film. And remember, the film is postponed for a half year. I heard they reshoot scenes for more Channing Tatum and to convert into 3D. How great is that? I thought it was pretty useless to have more Tatum scenes since he was pretty unremarkable in this film. He spits really corny jokes and one-liners to TRY laugh the audiences. And the 3D, well I should talk about that later on. Anyways, this film was fun but it had a lot of problems on its own.

Performances and acting wise was not so great as well. The Rock or Dwayne Johnson keeps doing the same character unless he wears a different outfit. But hey, the dude was really bad ass. He was fit in action sequences but in dialogue based scenes, that turns me real off. Adrianne Palicki was also in this film as Lady Jaye. Very attractive and smoking hot but also not so good in the movie. Same goes to Bruce Willis, whom ripping off his own character in RED. And not but the least, the actor who played Flint in the movie was complete useless. He didn't help continuing the pace of the story and wasn't either badass or anything. For short, he was a complete forgettable character.

Now, the 3D. I saw this film in IMAX and got to seat in the front seats because the theater was packed of guests. The 3D was so distracting that I wanted to puke because of my astigmatism. Yeah, some bullets were flying outfront but that doesn't help the viewing experience that immersive. However, the action scenes were badass, especially the mountain cliff in the middle of the film was intense and vertigo-inducing. And there's RZA playing another kung fu God wannabe who also distracts me. He was so bad that I immediately put him as a frontrunner next to Nicholas Cage and Sam Worthington as the worst actor ever.

Several plotholes and mish-mash are in this movie that falls down the whole story. I'm not going with that more further to this movie, but you may see the film on matinee to find out yourselves.

'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' is popcorn fun as always: messy, action-heavy and satisfactory performance by the cast. It's a good follow-up compared to its predecessor and mostly likely a must-see for any G.I. Joe fan.

The geek rates it 7.4/10. I will be back for more reviews and updates after the course of the Holy Week.

'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' is rated PG-13 and opens March 30, 2013 in 3D, IMAX 3D and 2D nationwide.

Special thanks goes out to Solar-UIP for the invites for last Monday's press screening at IMAX SM North EDSA.

In the meantime, why not check the trailer for 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation':

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