Jon M. Chu’s G.I.Joe : Retaliation (2013) Movie Review


Cast: D. J. Cotrona, Byung-hun Lee, Adrianne Palicki, Ray Park, Jonathan Pryce, RZA, Ray Stevenson, Channing Tatum, with Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson
Run time: 106 Minutes
Censor Certificate: UA
Director: Jon M. Chu

When G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra came out in 2009 it wasn’t a film that had audiences demanding a sequel nor it was a film that pleased fans of the long running G.I. Joe franchise of action figures, comics and cartoons that have been popular worldwide for decades. It is an animated explosion of exaggerated imitation with melodramatic back story  It was silly but funny. There are lot of hopes on G.I. Joe: Retaliation as its latest 3D development is too promising in the trailers.

Coming to storyline of G.I. Joe: Retaliation, The bad guys impersonate the president and frames the G.I. Joe’s for stealing nuclear warheads. Incompetent American military eliminates the entire G.I. Joe team except The Rock, the only chick in the team and a minor character. The leader of the bad guys (Cobra Commander) escape thanks to the help of the Korean white ninja (Storm Shadow) who later allies with the good guys. Just to please Korean fans, I suppose, he’s turned into a good guy by some forceful subplot. In the end, the good guys win, explosions, walk away in slow motion, leader of bad guys escapes, Medal of Honor presentation to the team, face palm from me.

Dwayne Johnson, Snake Eyes (Ray Park) and Lady Jaye (Adrianne Palicki as the sexy female officer) are natural in their fighting skills to say the least, offering more than a few heart-stopping moments with Cobra henchmen. You would at least think that new recruit Bruce Willis would have brought some star power and energy, but as is becoming tradition with his recent roles, Willis somnambulates through nearly all of Retaliation. That might please his fans. Jonathan Pryce, the veteran British is convincing in the role of President.

The story premises was cliche and uneventful. You wouldn’t even bother to know about the ending or the story of each character despite them not having any to start off. Chu’s previous films, Step Up movies, and the Justin Bieber documentary, Never Say Never, were not about character, they were about the dance or the show. G.I. Joe: Retaliation barely even has the show though. And without the flashy action scenes, save for one thrilling mountainside ninja extravaganza, all you’re left to focus on are the plot holes in the story line and the lack of passion in the majority of the performances. The action sequences are nothing spectacular either.

About 3D: There is a Himalaya sequence that makes best use of the 3D, smart visuals are wonderfully filmed with breathtaking high-flying swordplay is actually exciting.

There’s some fun to be had in the opening and final action scenes, but damn the middle section drags a lot, though that’s no surprise. GI Joe tried too much to create impressive action scenes, strong character variations and a genuine realistic crisis that it forgotten about the actual flow of the film. The fun of the film is lost in favor of some strange, masque of seriousness which is further crippled by an almost incoherent narrative.

Survi Review: 2/5

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