In 2009, Paramount and Hasbro released a new film based off the popular toyline called G.I Joe: The Rise of Cobra. The movie did not receive the greatest of reviews, but it did make a fair amount in the box office. Because of this, a sequel was made and was schedule to hit theaters in the summer of 2012. Then for some reason, Paramount decided to pull the film from the summer lineup. Now in the spring of 2013 comes the next installment in the G.I Joe franchise: G.I Joe Retaliation. After a 10 month push, the sequel has it theaters, but was it worth the wait?
When it comes to story, there is not to G.I Joe Retaliation; but that was to be expected. Just by watching the trailer, the story seems pretty straight forward. Actually, the plot does get better as the movie progresses, which was a bit surprising. Sure there is not much to it, but in the end, the plot does no real harm.
A few of the cast are reprisals, but for center stage, all eyes lean towards Dwayne The Rock Johnson as Roadblock. The Rock plays a reluctant leader who now has to lead the remaining Joes against the opposing Cobra. This particular development does not play a major part in the film, however the Rock’s performance was pretty solid. The likes of Flint and Jaye played by D.J Corotona and Adrienne Palicki are just there then anything else, but their characters were practically harmless. The film does have it share of fun performances, such as Johnathan Pryce as the President, Ray Parks as the silent Snake Eyes and Bruce Willis as General Joe. Surprisingly, the most interesting character in the film was Storm Shadow, once again played by Byung-Hun Lee. The villainous ninja showed great amount of development in this film which was a relief to see from a movie like this.
Just like its predecessor, Retaliation is full of action. Though the action is great to see, the major issue is the camera work. The filmmakers decided it would best to shake the camera around for dramatic effect, but instead it takes away from several action scenes that could have been that much better if was not for the constant effect. Aside from that, the action was fun and the tone felt right.
G.I Joe: Retaliation does have its problems, there is no denying that. However, this sequel does deliver. It is a fun film that knows exactly what it is. Just by watching this film, you can tell that this was meant to be a summer flick; but as it stands: G.I. Joe Retaliation makes for a descent popcorn film.
G.I Joe Retaliation is now at the AMC in Easton. Check for showtimes here.