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GI Joe: Retaliation

  • Action
  • Drama
  • 2013
  • Jon M Chu
  • 110 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Action adventure sequel starring Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson. The GI Joe team's fight against evil organisation Cobra becomes a fight for survival when they are framed by Cobra leader Zartan, who is now posing as the President of the United States.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

This all-action, no-plot adventure picks up on the "to be continued" conclusion of GI Joe: the Rise of Cobra, and sees evil organisation Cobra frame the GI Joes for crimes they didn't commit and then sit back as the team is wiped out. With Dwayne Johnson leading the surviving soldiers, aided by the original GI Joe (played by Bruce Willis on sleep-walking leave from The Expendables), they seek to clear their names and halt Cobra's surge to world domination. An indigestible stew of cheesy one-liners, perfunctory military battles and bland martial arts, this lumbering sequel starts off on a dud note and simply goes downhill. There's zero energy, suspense or excitement generated as Step Up director Jon M Chu dances around the fact he has a shambolic script with cardboard cut-outs wearing silly costumes to animate action that mostly exists to shove in outlandish vehicles taken from the Hasbro toy range. The best sequence is an aerial assault on a Himalayan retreat by swooping ninja assassins; otherwise, this dumb ramble isn't a patch on the original.

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Credits

Cast

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RoadblockDwayne Johnson
General Joe ColtonBruce Willis
Captain Duke HauserChanning Tatum
Lady JayeAdrianne Palicki
FlintD J Cotrona
Storm ShadowLee Byung-hun
Snake EyesRay Park
The PresidentJonathan Pryce
Blind MasterRZA
FireflyRay Stevenson
JinxElodie Yung
MouseJoseph Mazzello
Warden Nigel JamesWalton Goggins
ZartanArnold Vosloo
Cobra CommanderLuke Bracey

Crew

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DirectorJon M Chu

Details

Theatrical distributor
Paramount
Released on
2013-03-29
Languages
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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