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G.I. Joe: Retaliation
Framed for crimes against the country, the G.I. Joe team is terminated by Presidential order. This forces the G.I. Joes into not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra; they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence.
The film goes thus:
Kind of funny dialogue.
The Rock's absurd neck (seriously, it's as wide as his head!) and shoulders.
Holy shit that was unexpected.
Cobra Commander actually looks and sounds like Cobra Commander.
Ninjas sword-fighting while abseiling.
Jonathan Pryce being so hammy you could slice him up and make a sandwich.
More of The Rock's absurd neck and shoulders.
Misogynistic jabs by Bruce Willis at the resident action chick.
Surprising emphasis on gunplay and hand to hand combat rather than explosions.
Actually rooting for Cobra so I can see more Jonathan Pryce.
Damn, that trailer spoiled A LOT.
Massive epic climax.
Yeah, it was good.
For all its undeniable crappiness I do have a fondness for the original G.I. Joe movie as I warmed to its cheesy charms and Sienna Miller dressed in leather. However, Stephen Sommers’ film was not the runaway success the studio expected and because of this the delayed sequel has seen wholesale changes. With the exception of the odd franchise favourite, most notably Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes, the original cast have been unceremoniously dumped in favour of a new breed of blander Joe.
Although it follows on from the first film, not that anybody can really remember the original’s plot, the GI Joe team are ruthlessly streamlined leaving a core of five Joes against the might of a growing Cobra…
Being a child of the 80s my go-to toy was of course G.I. Joe. Other then the toys, the cartoon was cool and all but it always bothered me that they had laser beams shooting out of every single weapon they had. Machine gun, pistol, tank cannon, it didn't matter. If it shoots, it shoots a laser beam. Even as a kid I thought that was bullshit.
For me I got my G.I. Joe fix from the Marvel Comics published G.I. Joe comic. The series was surprisingly realistic when it came to covert ops and military tactics. It was written by Larry Hama, a former firearms and explosive ordnance expert for the U.S. Army that served in…
A lot of people are saying that this is better than the first, and I have to call a bit of bullshit on that. As inoffensive as this film is, it is also on the opposite spectrum of stupid fun that Rise of Cobra is.
See, as dumb as Rise of Cobra is, it at least knows it, and lends itself to its own nice little campy tone. It runs with the stupid instead of trying to hide it, and I find that infinitely more enjoyable.
Retaliation, while not masquerading as anything more than dumb fun, doesn't have the same campy tone. It takes everything in the film a little too seriously, and thus, when something insanely stupid happens…
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A few years ago, when I was but a young and naive FilmApe, I longed for the days when B movies existed, and cursed the modern days where all movies are just lumped together as one thing that are all comparable to each other. But, then it occurred to me that I was looking at things all wrong and that a new perspective would help me see things better. It is not like B movies stopped being made, they just got elevated to a status where they are no longer considered B movies. So, I began to look for films that are the modern equivalent of what use to be…
Junesploitation: Day 11 – Ninjas!
"I don’t know if I’m gonna trust a pastry from a gumbo chef."
G.I. Joe: Retaliation functions best if you look at it not as the sequel to the previous G.I. Joe movie Rise of Cobra (which I liked in spite of its silliness) but as part of director Jon M. Chu’s filmography. His other work includes Step Up 2 and 3, both Justin Bieber documentaries, and two movies in a series called The LXD (you guessed it—also about dancing). With Retaliation, Chu isn’t making an action movie, he’s making a music video. Each set piece acts more like a dance number or concert performance, purposefully interrupting the flow of the narrative rather…
Improve on the story quite a bit and the addition of The Rock is nice but man did you have to kill Duke? That just felt really unnecessarily.
Film 458 of my 2015 500 Film Challenge
Retaliation is a clear improvement on it's predecessor, it's fun, it's cartoony and it's just a lot of fun overall.
Quickly killing of Tanning Chattum's Duke to make way for a new, more charismatic lead with Dwayne Johnson's Roadblock, G.I. Joe: Retaliation brings the Joes on the run from the government while trying to avenge the death of their comrades.
It's a simplistic film based on a Hasbro toy range aimed at teenage boys, if you can overlook that fact, there is so much fun to be had with this sequel. I just don't know how Paramount managed to capture the fun with the G.I. Joe series, but failed so spectacularly with…
Better than the first movie, but that's not exactly saying much. They get rid of Tatum early on and make it Dwayne Johnson's movie, with an extended cameo from Bruce Willis. The story is far-fetched, but there are some good sword fighting scenes, especially one on the sides of cliffs.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Finally someone did something about London.
A waste of Byung Hoon Lee's talent who makes this poor movie watchable.
Van az úgy, hogy az ember nem vár semmi komolyságot, világmegváltó gondolatokat egy filmtől, csak egy elfogadható forgatókönyvet és a nagybetűs látványt. Főként az ilyen 3D-s akciófilmeknél van ez így, mint a G.I. Joe – Megtorlás. Csak sajnos van olyan, hogy még ezt a kevés igényt sem sikerül kielégíteni, dacára a 130 milliós költségvetésnek.
Merthogy ennyi pénzért már össze lehetne hozni egy valamire való forgatókönyvet, pedig Rhett Reese és Paul Vernick a Zombielanddel már felmutattak egy kis tehetséget...
Well it is Transformers without the Robots. The film is stupid but has still some kind of an entertainment value.
Just as a basic action movie, this isn't anywhere close to the level of Marvel Cinematic, and it doesn't lean into the inherent cheesiness of the G.I. Joe concept as well as the first one did, but my nostalgia for the action figures can cover a multitude of sins.
Being exceedingly better than the first film doesn't make this a good film. It was at least fairly entertaining. Some good banter mixed with a few good action scenes make Retaliation much more bearable.
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