Tom's Review of G.I. Joe: Retaliation
G.I. Joe: Retaliation(2013)
Swanner: It sure does feel like the studios are trying to get a head start on the big summer movies. Normally these tent pole titles start coming out in May. March saw some big winners and some losers, but either way March has been a huge month for movies, and GI Joe is one of them. I always have to remind myself that i have to judge these movies on their genre. GI Joe is a big movie with a rumored $185 million budget, and it shows in every minute. Boasting cast Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Channing Tatum and Bruce Willis, this film explodes on screen.
Judd: I didn't see the first GI Joe, and I was a bit worried this sequel wouldn't make sense. As embarrassed as I am to admit it, the plot of felt a little clunky because at first I didn't know who was who. The president orders a strike on the Joes, leaving behind Roadblock (Johnson) Lady Jaye (Adrianne Palicki), Flint (D.J. Controna) and Snake Eyes. The Cobra Commander is locked up in a secret prison, but is freed by a good guy, but it's actually a bad guy who ends up being a good guy because he finds out a bad guy tricked him into being a bad guy, and if he hadn't been tricked he'd be a good guy which is actually is, but isn't.
Swanner: I know for the fans of the film the story is all involving but for guys like us it fighting, explosions and bullets flying. I was exhausted. I'm the romantic comedy guy so the summer movies wear me out. In a good way, but still... By the way, your synopsis was spot on. The film was directed by Jon M. Chu (Step Up 3D) and written by Rhett Reese and Paul Werrnick (Zombieland). Chu was actually a good choice because he's worked with 3D and his choreography knowledge is the same whether you're dancing or fighting. The writers kept it moving fast and the dialogue was good for these kinds of films.
Judd: The plotline that carried the movie for me was Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow and the good-bad-good-bad guy story. It was engaging and all the related action sequences were excellent, especially the one in the Himalayas. The only real downfall was RZA as the blind kung-fu master. He may have been blind, but everyone around him lacked a sense of smell, because he STUNK! The main plot of the Joes getting revenge and restoring their honor was quite boring, with the final fight between Roadblock and Firefly (Ray Stevenson) being a real snooze.
Swanner: I liked both of the storylines. Especially the one with The Rock. It must be very hard to gets shirts to fit his biceps. Every sleeve was rolled up. These movies are just fun for me. Summertime is all about the popcorn movie and that's why this film coming out in March is odd. This definitely has Summer Movie written all over it. I might not own it but I'm glad i saw it and I'm glad i saw in at a theatre.
Judd: It's funny you mentioned The Rock's shirts. Sportswear company Under Amour must have paid a pretty penny to have their logo plastered on Johnson's chest in every scene. Anyway, the 3D was well done, and the action sequences were good, but I don't think I would want to pay to see it. I'm not a G.I. Joe fan, and without that draw, there's no love to make up for the movie's shortcomings.