G.I. JOE: RETALIATION
Confusing, Poorly Done Heroics
Starring: Confusing, Poorly Done Heroics
Audience: Older children and adults
Runtime: 110 minutes
Distributor: Paramount Pictures/Viacom
Director: Jon M. Chu
Executive Producer: Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum,
David Ellison, Herbert W.
Gains, Dana Goldberg, Erik
Howsam, Paul Schwake, Stephen
Producer: Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Brian
Writer: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick
Address Comments To:Sumner Redstone, Chairman
Philippe Dauman, CEO, Viacom
Brad Grey, Chairman/CEO
Adam Goodman, President, Paramount Film Group
5555 Melrose Avenue; Los Angeles, CA 90038-3197
Phone: (323) 956-5000; Website: www.paramount.com
The movie presents another set of adventures in which an elite fighting force saves the USA and the world from an evil terrorist organization. It opens with the G.I. Joe force being an international elite fighting force rather than the all-American hero that the character started decades ago. They free a prisoner in North Korea and discover another flag hanging there that’s linked to the evil terrorist organization, Cobra.
Within moments, they are in Pakistan to reclaim a rogue nuclear missile and a suitcase carrying that nation’s nuclear launch codes. However, when they are preparing to leave with the missile, they get ambushed and many are killed by an attack from the United States government. It turns out that the U.S. President has been secretly kidnapped and replaced by the Cobra leader wearing a mask, and he has ordered their deaths.
Only three G.I. Joe’s survive. Led by Roadblock (played by Dwayne Johnson), they return to America to uncover why the ambush occurred and what happened to the president. They team up with an elite Asian fighting force and an unfairly ousted American general (played by Bruce Willis) to bring down Cobra and save the world.
G.I. JOE: RETALIATION should have been a great entertainment for teenagers and adults, with its patriotic heart in the right place and an appealing cast of action stars teaming up to save the world. However, the fact that it has terrible 3D effects throughout renders it nearly unwatchable in many fight scenes. Thus, the punching and kicking becomes a headache-inducing blur. Also, the storyline jumps constantly from one loud and incomprehensible action sequence to another. Also, the limited dialogue is heavy on lame jokes and heavy-handed exposition. Finally, most of the performances are lazy, with the exception of Dwayne Johnson who gives the thin and ridiculous material way more seriousness than it deserves.
Filled with tons of fighting and a heavy body count from several machine gun battles, G.I. JOE: RETALIATION gets away with a PG-13 rating because of its unrealistic violence. It’s hard to imagine any moviegoer would enjoy it, including fans of the concept. Aside from the movie’s high body count and brief but light foul language, there are no other strong moral issues of concerned. However, there is a line in one scene about praying to a vague, politically correct, ecumenical “deity,” or god.
G.I. JOE: RETALIATION is a loud, disjointed and disappointing action movie, with an incoherent screenplay and incompetent direction. Terrible 3D effects render it nearly unwatchable in many fight scenes. The action becomes a blur. Also, the storyline jumps from one loud and incomprehensible action sequence to another. Finally, most of the performances are lazy. G.I. JOE: RETALIATION does have a strong moral, patriotic worldview. However, even that’s undercut by a high body count and a brief reference to a vague, politically correct deity or god.