G.I. Joe: Retaliation
The Joe’s are back, but not for long as an attack leaves only three alive. It becomes their job to stop the evil Cobra and his crew of powerful minions. With the help of other Joes, the ones that were not attacked, the unit has a fighting chance of taking down the enemy.
The action in this movie is pretty good. Like any Dwayne Johnson movie, there’s a lot of fist fighting to allow him to show off his huge biceps and wrestling moves. It really was great to see The Rock back in an action movie, I think we all got sick and tired of those stupid, terrible kids movies, (Please, no more Tooth Fairy). The special effects were pretty good too, but that’s expected when a movie has a budget of over $100 million. The other lead characters are OK, they feel a bit cardboardish, though. Bruce Willis brings all the wit and comedy that we’ve come to expect from him. I wish he was in the movie more, though.
The story is decent and silly, which isn’t bad, it just isn’t good. You can’t come into the movie expecting a thought-provoking film, if you do, you will be disappointed.
Warning: Spoilers Ahead
Do not read this part if you haven’t seen the movie…
I didn’t like how they killed off Duke. I know Channing Tatum isn’t the greatest actor in the world, but Tatum and Johnson had a great chemistry and they played off each other extremely well. Had they let that blossom, this movie would have been more enjoyable. Too bad for them. This really isn’t too big of a spoiler as it happens so early into the movie, though the trailers do try to cover it up a bit.
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The movie’s length is worth appreciating. My biggest problem, well one of my bigger problems, with the first one was that it was too long and boring. While I felt parts of the beginning were boring, most of the movie seemed to fly by. It wasn’t perfect, but it made for a good summer movie…in spring.