G.I. Joe: Retaliation. My Review.
I just picked this movie up and watched sight unseen. I really enjoyed the first movie, 2009’s G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra, so I was really looking forward to the sequel. I really did enjoy it despite having some difficulty with it. G.I. Joe: Retaliation stars Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson, with Channing Tatum, Arnold Vosloo, Ray Park, Jonathan Pryce, and Byung-hun Lee reprising their roles from the first film.
This is a spoiler free review!
Here is a brief synopsis: The Joes rescue a nuclear warhead from Pakistan and soon discover that Zartan (Arnold Vosloo), is impersonating the President of the United States (Jonathan Pryce). The majority of the unit is subsequently eliminated in a military air strike, including Duke. Roadblock (Dwayne Johnson), Flint (D.J. Cotrona) and Lady Jaye (Adrianne Palicki) are the only survivors. Zartan then announces on television that the G.I. Joes have been eliminated, after having gone rogue and killing the Pakistani president. The three surviving members of the Joe unit need to convince Storm Shadow (Byung-hun Lee) to join them to defeat and ex-Joe Firefly (Ray Stevenson) and Cobra Commander (Luke Bracey) who is holding the world hostage with nuclear weapons via Zartan the President of the United States.
Pros: This movie has a ton of action, twists and turns and great character moments. The plot is very good and I like that they focus mainly on the fact that Zartan is impersonating the President. Dwayne Johnson is a favorite of mine as is Bruce Willis so it is really good to see them in this movie. This movie has great CGI special effects and they blend into the story, help tell the story, without overpowering the story. This movie could have easily turned into a CGI laden video game but it does not. I think the presence of Dwayne Johnson really carried this movie and the central theme of this movie is all about redemption. Although we see Cobra Commander and his gang of evil doers retaliate for the defeat they experienced in the first movie. In truth this movie is about the redemption of the Joes, The President and Storm Shadow. I found a great deal of heart in this movie.
Cons: Although I really did like this movie it felt detached from the first movie in some ways. Maybe that has to do with the fact that so few of the actors from the first movie returned for this movie. This film introduces us to many new faces. Plus, this movie seemed smaller in scale than the previous film. Those two elements make the movie feel very different from the first movie. Although I really like the movie I could never shake that sense of feeling that this film is so different from the other film.
I recently published a blog post that mentions how the tone of comic-book movie should be. G.I. Joe: Retaliation is a great example of a comic book style movie that strikes the right tone or verisimilitude. It doesn’t take itself too seriously. It is not campy but yet the humor, the macho bravado within the film does let us know that this is going to be a fun movie…and it is. This movie is about redemption, friends and standing by those friends who need our help. The movie is also over-the-top in places with its action scenes but they are fun to watch. It is almost like watching an action oriented well choreographed dance unfold before your eyes.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation is a fun popcorn munching escapism type movie filled with a lot of heart, fun, and interesting characters wrapped up in exciting science-fiction and action and adventure tale.
Posted on August 19, 2013, in Movie Review and tagged Arnold Vosloo, Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Jonathan Pryce, Ray Park, with Channing Tatum. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.