Movie Review – G.I. Joe: Retaliation

WARNING: Spoilers. There are plot giveaways in this review. (But nothing big so stop having a cry and read the damn review!)



IMDB Rating: 6.3/10 (27,455 votes)

Director: Jon M. Chu

The poster for G.I. Joe: Retaliation.

The poster for G.I. Joe: Retaliation.

This is how to make an action film.

G.I. Joe had an incredibly big budget, and utilized it perfectly. The sequences in which ANYTHING at all was blown to smithereens, were expertly crafted and used the insane budget – $130,000,000 – to it’s full capacity. Things got destroyed, boats were racing, tanks were shooting, and guns were blazing.

That’s what I’m talkin’ about.

Everything tied into the plot nicely, which is probably a good sign because with such a simple plot, if it didn’t tie in together, there’s something seriously wrong. The storyline ended up being so simple I didn’t really care where it was going. All I wanted to see was The Rock blow some s*** up, and kick ass.



On that note, Dwayne Johnson was totally badass in this film. He just simply took one look at everyone else on screen, summed them up, and then either sided with them, or pounded their skull. I liked that simplistic judgment characteristic. It ended up suiting a film that, in essence, was simple yet effective.

I thought the Visual Effects were awesome. The best example of this was the nuke hitting London. Everything crumbled into everything else perfectly, and quite realistically. It was like a scene from a Roland Emmerich film…except it didn’t suck.

Jon M. Chu – the director – had no choice but to at least include a little background, and did it well in my opinion. He had a previous film to take back-story from, and he did. The plot centered around the betrayed Joes and while rather predictable, it was pretty cool to see how all the characters and scenes blended in to one coherent story.

...this guy needs to be a Batman villain.

…this guy needs to be a Batman villain.

The script was witty and established relationships between characters well. It was a shame that Channing Tatum’s character Duke – which is somehow one of the three IMDb “stars in this film” people despite only being on screen for 10 minutes – died so early, because I was really enjoying the light hearted banter and deep friendship between him and Roadblock.

The obvious appeal to teens and young men was well targeted and executed. The kiddy obsession with being a badass soldier and blowing stuff up has always plagued my mind, and G.I. Joe: Retaliation was just that – put into a movie of course.

I wouldn’t say that it was the best film ever made, simply because it wasn’t. It was just a simple action film with a thin plot that, while tying in well, was in the shadow of a visual extravaganza and action-packed spectacular.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation was fantastically entertaining. I’d recommend it.

MY RATING: 7 out of 10.

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4 responses to “Movie Review – G.I. Joe: Retaliation

  1. Reblogged this on misentopop.

  2. This is an alright movie that offers you something that the last movie lacked such as action, adventure, comedy, and a story that makes sense in its own way. Solid review.

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