There are movies that turn out real good from the first part that failed to deliver what fans needed. There are movies that fight previous shortcoming and if not awesome then still prove to be a good watch. G.I. Joe: Retaliation is not one of those movies.
I had no expectation, the first part was a huge disappointment and I was expecting the same with this movie. If you haven’t watched the movie then its good for you because anything exciting is already shown in trailers and TV Spots. There is nothing more to see other than big gun fights and cheesy dialogues.
The story picks up shortly after the first, with the Joes lead by Channing Tatum established again as being the go to guys if you want something not only done well, but done as flashy as possible. His team consisting of The Rock’s Roadblock, Snake Eyes, Jinx, Flint, and Lady Jaye find themselves double crossed and leaderless when an imposter in the White House sets the wheels in motion for Cobra to try their hand at world domination.
The Rock is the star of this movie.Duke played by Channing Tatum is killed after fifteen minutes of establishing his character. The whole team is in trouble and on a mission to stop Cobra Commander who is destroying cities using satellites because in that world every third satellite has destruction capabilities.
The film has some good action moments especially the one with Ninja Battle scene featuring Snake Eyes, Jinx and Storm Shadow who also had the best costume design, hats off for that. The best performance in the movie is given by Ray Park as Snake Eyes who played a mute character with a mask to hide his expressions. Rest of the team is as expressionless as a wooden plank. Adrianne Palicki as Lady Jaye is just an eye candy and looks as manly as the Rock with no expressions. Everyone else including Bruce Willis can be credited for worst performance ever.
The bad guy camp has a new Cobra Commander. The old one is shown as very much in captivity, incapacitated entirely, and yet he has this entire Cobra army at his beck and call. Do they blindly follow whoever wishes to claim the leader? This is the stupidest paramilitary team ever? But then again not a lot of things here do makes sense, they have a motorbike made entirely of explosives, to heat gloves designed to stealthily melt through a wire fence. You know what else stealthily gets though a wire fence? Wire cutters, but with the added benefit of not giving off noise and light.
And this one comes with my favorite TV Tropes, where two characters meet and they pretend like they don’t know each other or are old enemies and bang we’re just messing around audience, we’re old friends!’ Tension resolved.
But most of us don’t care for story and acting in such movie, but action should be top class. This movie fails on that part too. Slow action that tries to take influence from Bay’s logic, and – most surprisingly given the movie’s budget is very cheap looking, and the hand-to-hand battles are kiddie-proofed to the point of having zero impact. Although the 3-D is superb especially in Ninja sequences but Bay knows his stuff and others don’t.
Fans of big dumb popcorn flicks like Expendables and Transformers will love this movie otherwise this is a plain disappointment.
Final Verdict 2.5 out of 5