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G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013)



Critic Consensus: Though arguably superior to its predecessor, G.I. Joe: Retaliation is overwhelmed by its nonstop action and too nonsensical and vapid to leave a lasting impression.

Movie Info

In this sequel, the G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra; they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence. -- (C) Paramountmore
Rating: PG-13 (for intese sequences of combat violence and martial arts action throughout, and for brief sensuality and language)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Paul Wernick, Rhett Reese
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 30, 2013
Box Office: $122.5M
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


Bruce Willis
as General Joe Colton
Byung-hun Lee
as Storm Shadow
Ray Park
as Snake Eyes
Jonathan Pryce
as President
The Rza
as The Blind Master
Walton Goggins
as Warden Nigel James
Luke Bracey
as Cobra Commander
Nick Erickson
as President Picture Do...
Naim Alherimi
as Pakistani President
Ravi Naidu
as Chief Advisor
Joe Chrest
as Chief of Staff
James Carville
as James Carville
Nathan Takashige
as Young Storm Shadow
Ilia Volok
as Russian Leader
Dikran Tulaine
as U.K. Leader
Robert Catrini
as Israeli Leader
Marcelo Tubert
as French Leader
James Lew
as Chinese Leader
Ajay Mehta
as Indian Leader
Augustus Cho
as North Korean Leader
Raja Chandra Deka
as Indian Expert
Tiffany Lonsdale
as British Expert
Jun Hee Lee
as North Korean Captain
Afemo Omilami
as Chairman Joint Chief...
Dante Won Ha
as Kim Jong's Nephew
Carrie Wong
as Jhankri
Ben Blankenship
as Systems Officer
Adam Vernier
as Weapons Officer
Jim Palmer
as Clutch
Amin Joseph
as Cobra Secret Service
Rey Hernandez
as Cobra Secret Service
Mikal A. Vega
as Arch Angel Jones
Luis Echagarruga
as Arch Angel Jones
Brelyn Plumbar
as Roadblock's Daughter
Amaya Plumbar
as Roadblock's Daughter
Dustan Costine
as Cobra Trooper
Michael Howe
as Cobra Trooper
Geoffrey Howe
as Cobra Trooper
Erik Howsam
as U.K. Staff
Timothy Bruns
as Honor Guard
as The Blind Master
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Critic Reviews for G.I. Joe: Retaliation

All Critics (162) | Top Critics (35)

Did you think a second G.I. Joe movie was a good idea?

Full Review… | January 3, 2014
Top Critic

Amidst a couple of nice action beats, there's plenty of stilted dialogue, poorly drawn characters, and heaps of generic rock music.

Full Review… | April 12, 2016

A terrible film with a confusing plot, jarring tonal fluctuations, characters that engender no sympathy, and a strangely flippant attitude toward violence.

Full Review… | March 2, 2014
Movie Mezzanine

Bruce Willis, The Rock, explosions, comedy and action help this popcorn sequel rise above its more Sci-Fi predecessor, but even fans caught up in the action will occasionally find this live action film to be just a bit too cartoonish.

Full Review… | August 7, 2013

A very flawed film, but it's superior to the first installment in every way.

Full Review… | August 1, 2013
Cinema Crazed

[Jon M.] Chu is a stylish director, and it's fun to watch him blow things up. He also paces the material furiously. For awhile, this strategy works. But, as with most movies that don't have any substance, the pomposity and spectacle grow tiresome.

Full Review… | July 30, 2013

Audience Reviews for G.I. Joe: Retaliation


Entertaining but ultimately shallow and forgettable action fare with quite some star power but only few innovative ideas. Still, fans of the toys should have more fun with this than with the first part. Everyone else can probably just shake their heads at all the stereotypes.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer


Originally intended to be released in the summer of 2012, G.I. Joe: Retaliation was pulled back because, presumably, they wanted to convert it to 3D, but many suspected it was to add more time for star Channing Tatum after his box-office domination that year. Well, wrong on both accounts, because maybe it was merely kicked back because, get this, it's not terribly good. I had the lowest possible expectations for the 2009 G.I. Joe movie but came away having a fun time; it was the right kind of enjoyably stupid. Well now it's just stupid. Cobra has kidnapped the president, inserted a doppelganger, and now wants to rule the world that to an evil satellite that drops giant metal rods into space as weapons. Why are these rods not part of the Earth's orbit after release? There are all sorts of gadgets here that make no sense but somebody thought might sell some toys. The central storyline is almost a knockoff of Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol, a small group of Joes having to clear their names. Then because that isn't enough material to work with, there's a mini-movie about ninja warriors avenging their fallen master in the mountains, and of all people, the RZA is supplying lengthy exposition. The action sequences are absurd without having enough style to excuse the absurdity. Everyone is a superhuman but also incompetent when the plot demands it (ninjas can shoot flying knives but not a big person jumping off a wall?). Adding The Rock is always a bonus in my book; the man is charisma personified. But the storyline of Retaliation is so sloppy, the villains so lame, and the movie lacks the high-spirited imagination to keep the stupid at bay. I was never a G.I. Joe kid so maybe those with nostalgia will be more charitable than I am, but G.I. Joe: Retaliation is a poorly executed next step for a once-budding franchise.

Nate's Grade: C

Nate Z.
Nate Zoebl

Super Reviewer

Compared to the first movie, 'G.I. Joe : Retaliation' wasn't meet everybody's expectation of a better sequel.. The death of Duke character at the beginning of the movie, and then the change of the leader into Dwayne Johnson wasn't as smooth as they predicted.. Truthfully, I must say that the scene stealer show is (and still from the the first movie) Byung-hun Lee as Storm Shadow and D.J. Cotrona who made a quite scene stealer performance as Flint.. Overall, I wasn't hope for another sequel of this movie but if Hasbro still want some profit maybe they can make at least another movie of this movie..

Sanjaya 丘耀文

Super Reviewer

G.I. Joe: Retaliation Quotes

Cobra Commander: The Cobra Revolution has begun.
– Submitted by Typhon Q (3 years ago)
Cobra Commander: I want it all!
– Submitted by Frederick L (3 years ago)
Cobra Commander: Destro, you're out of the band!
– Submitted by Scott W (3 years ago)
Firefly: Let me see that face!
– Submitted by Aaron S (3 years ago)

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