G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013)



Dave’s 3-Word Review:
Fun, but forgettable

You have got to hand it to Hasbro for having a creative hand in the making of films. We all know where Hasbro came from: toys, board games, video games and the like. Usually, these things would have a tag on it that said something like, “for ages 8+”. Hasbro came out with enough things to make people automatically associate them with children. However, once the year 2007 came around, all of that changed with the Transformer films. These movies had violence, adult themes and innuendos, and plenty more that separated from the original theme of what Hasbro was all about. Then there was G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra, Battleship, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and even plans for future movies based on Candyland and Monopoly, believe it or not. Their latest film was just recently released, entitled “G.I. Joe: Retaliation”, but does it deserve its place with Hasbro?

Our story focuses on the Joes as the president orders a hit on their lives. Some live and some die, but the main point is that the president was not really the president, but Zartan in disguise. In reality, the president was being held captive elsewhere. Meanwhile, Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes join forces in order to help the Joes find a plan to take down the non-president; however, they may actually need help from the man responsible for their team’s name, Joe himself (Bruce Willis).

One thing you are going to notice from this film is the fact that there doesn’t seem to be so much CGI in this film versus its predecessor. This is probably due to the fact that there are maybe one or two major scenes where all of the CGI seems to be thrown in. The good thing is that this provides for more story development, the bad thing about that is the fact that said character development isn’t very good. Instead, you will be left feeling that the movie is just…fun, but not much of anything else.

The Snake Eyes/Storm Shadow story was definitely a lot of fun to watch, complete with great visuals and gorgeous fight choreography, but when mixed together with the main arc…doesn’t feel right. You aren’t very sure what it has to do with anything other than to look cool. I’m not saying it was a random story, because it wasn’t, but if you think seriously if everything was really needed, the answer to that is probably…no; but again, it looks cool.

The acting is pretty much what you would expect. It just isn’t phenomenal. Sure, while other movies have either terrible or amazing acting, this had pretty average of acting. This is because the focus relied more heavily on making the action look fun, because a lot of people may view young adults as the target audience of this film. Young adults aren’t very picky on things like acting, because they typically want to see something awesome. In that respect, the movie delivers.

So who should watch this film? As always, fans of the actors. There are a lot of well-known actors in this film such as Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis, and Channing Tatum. Apart from that, this movie is probably a great choice for those parents that have teenagers and don’t know what movie to go to. For an older audience with a more tuned taste in film, G.I. Joe: Retaliation probably isn’t the best choice for you to go see. It can be fun here and there, but it gets forgettable in the long run.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation came to theaters on Mar. 28. Check it out today!


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