I am always a big fan of Sci-Fi action thriller movies. G.I.Joe is a movie series based on the action figures produced by toy company Hasbro. G.I.Joe: Retaliation is a sequel of the G.I.Joe: The Rise of Cobra series. After experiencing it I can say that this movie is just not up to the mark. If you have seen first part G.I.Joe: The Rise of Cobra and are going to watch G.I.Joe: Retaliation then it will likely will leave you disappointed. Director Jon Chu who has directed a couple of dance movies (Step up & Step Up 2: The Streets) makes the first movie look like a classic in comparison to this big budget entertainment blockbuster.
The story starts with Duke (Channing Tatum) leading a team of elite G.I. Joe forces along with his friend Roadblock (Dwayne Johnson), Lady Jaye (Adrianne Palicki) and Flint (Cotrona). For those are unfamiliar with the characters, there is visual introduction at the start which helps a bit. Meanwhile Zartan has taken possession of world’s most powerful person, that is the president of the U.S.A., he is trying to find out the location of the Destro and the Cobra commander. As he is now in a powerful position Zartan gives orders to attack and eliminate Joe forces for assassinating a Pakistan president, though three Joe’s successfully escape and try to save the world & take revenge for the Joe’s that were killed in the air strike. Meanwhile, Zartan releases the Destro and the Cobra commander as they attempt to demolish and conquer the entire world. On the other side Roadblock who is leading Joe forces, teams up with Joe Colton (Bruce Willis) a retired military man who has half of a countries worth of weapons hidden in his house.
In the interim there is the story of snake eyes and tomb shadow. This is the only part I enjoyed in the entire movie. The fighting between ninjas and snake eyes on the mountains of the Himalayas is an extremely breathtaking scene. When you will walk out of the theater you will definitely remember this scene. Overall though, the Story line which is the main skeleton of movie seems weak when compared to the first G.I. Joe film.
Apart from the story line, the 3D effect was extremely good in some cases, especially when watching the mountain ninja battle. Some of the graphic effects are eye candy to audiences such as the demolition of London city, small flies that turns into explosives, etc.. Bruce Willis also plays a guest appearances as Joe Colton in the movie which is a complete waste in my opinion. Will the G.I. Joe’s manage to survive a world overrun by Cobra surveillance? Will the U.S.A. get it’s original president back?
For finding answer of these questions you have to watch the movie.
Conclusion and Verdict:
All I have to say is that this is a one time popcorn movie. I don’t think it will fulfill your expectations of Sci-Fi movies but it may keep you engaged for a few hours. Though the story was disappointing and lacking, the movie was worth the price of the ticket and 3D is not unnecessarily painful as with some films that just slap on 3D.