110 Min | Action – Adventure | March 2013
IMDB Rating: 5.9
Director: Jon M. Chu
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Channing Tatum, Adrianne Palicki
G.I. Joe: Retaliation Review: G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra feels like it belongs to a different age of blockbusters. It had a hard time fitting in to the modern generation thus most movie goers never find it as appealing as the other films that was released on that year. Those rants can be true only in some reasons. The film is undeniably silly and dumb but it was never boring and has its own quality. Since people are now asking for darker and much serious blockbusters, this sequel reduces all the silliness that was displayed on the original. G.I. Joe: Retaliation is cooler and less cartoony. Unfortunately, it is also less exciting and terribly uninspired. The action may be better looking but the lack of fortitude and creativity made it fall short into another visual showcase stress.
“Awesome” is the main goal of this sequel. While the original was too corny to impress, this film darkens the tone and made it a bit down to earth. It abandons the silly gadgets and the ridiculous laws of physics that was shown in the original. But G.I. Joe: fails to be both dark and realistic. Not only because of those robotic fireflies and the mass annihilating missiles but the secret prisons and the government are unbelievably dumb to manage their job. Well, it’s a blockbuster based on toys so it will never be too realistic. Deal with it while we are here for the fun. The dark aspects aren’t dark at all. What they only do is to be serious. This seriousness blocks the potential joy and turns it into standard blockbuster bland.
The absence of the Joes’ ridiculous transportation and weapons, holograms, and other snazzy gadgets may please our modern viewers but it also forgets why this material is interesting anyway. Now we only get typical military stuff. It still has some crazy devices but it’s limited compare to the first film. Rise of Cobra wasn’t a classic. It’s nothing more than a simple guilty pleasure. Same with Retaliation except this one can’t even be completely pleasurable unless you want some endless visual coolness. Cool is not a bad thing but it could have been creative and much more exciting instead of showing off slow-mos on screen. To be fair, it’s mildly entertaining and good to look at. If G.I. Joe: wasn’t this visually awesome, it would have been an empty cinema. The series still fails to justify its source material.