GI Joe: Retaliation

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Action and adventure

Time Out rating:

<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>2</span>/5

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Time Out says

Posted: Mon Mar 25 2013

‘GI Joe: Retaliation’ is the second instalment of a movie franchise based on a kids’ toy, so it’s fitting that it feels like it could have been written by a seven-year-old, albeit one with an unusual interest in global politics and heavy artillery. After the relative box-office disappointment of 2009’s daft but enjoyable ‘The Rise of Cobra’, it looks as though some bright spark at Joe HQ decided that what the series needed was to lose its fun, post-‘Team America’ self-awareness and replace it with unironic jingoism, military-fetish hardware and heavy-handed nods to real world events.

The film kicks off with the assassination of the Pakistani president and a night-time raid into enemy territory which makes ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ look subtle and ends at an explosive nuclear disarmament conference. In between, we’re treated to some extremely haphazard plotting as Roadblock (Dwayne Johnson) and his band of largely interchangeable free-world freedom fighters battle the evil forces of Cobra by gallivanting about shouting ‘hoo-rah!’ and randomly blowing things up.

Perceptive readers will note the absence in that synopsis of any mention of the first film’s star – and this film’s poster boy – Channing Tatum. There’s a reason for that, but frankly it’s so utterly bemusing that we won’t reveal it here. Let’s just say that this bonkers switcheroo – and an unexpectedly sublime mid-film Himalayan wire-fu sequence – represent the only two reasons to see ‘GI Joe: Retaliation’.

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Release details

UK release:

Wed Mar 27, 2013

Cast and crew

Director:

Jon M. Chu

Screenwriter:

Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick

Cast:

Bruce Willis, Ray Stevenson, Dwayne Johnson

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Ian

Having seen the first film I really knew what to expect and in a way the film delivers in being bigger, more explosive and more preposterous than the first film. The plot is trite and the cliches abound. The only real humour comes from Willis, the 3D is unsubtle and apart from the wire fight scene it is a totally forgettable film. It ends with the bad guy getting away and an obvious set up for a thrid film. If they do make one I won't bother going to see it. A poor 2 star film. Best to wait until it comes on the tv if you want to see it.

Ian

Having seen the first film I really knew what to expect and in a way the film delivers in being bigger, more explosive and more preposterous than the first film. The plot is trite and the cliches abound. The only real humour comes from Willis, the 3D is unsubtle and apart from the wire fight scene it is a totally forgettable film. It ends with the bad guy getting away and an obvious set up for a thrid film. If they do make one I won't bother going to see it. A poor 2 star film. Best to wait until it comes on the tv if you want to see it.

Ryumoau

Wow i can't believe how butthurt the british reviewer is just because the movie says some nice things about the US. People like you are why no one gives a crap about Britain. I can't wait to see this movie become a hit, proving how worthless anti-american sentiments really are.

Ryumoau

Wow i can't believe how butthurt the british reviewer is just because the movie says some nice things about the US. People like you are why no one gives a crap about Britain. I can't wait to see this movie become a hit, proving how worthless anti-american sentiments really are.