Movie review: G.I. Joe – Retaliation (2013)

Time for the G.I. Joe! I do like the first film; G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra. And of course, I wouldn’t want to miss its sequel. This film continues from the ending of the first film where Zartan successfully assumes the identity of the US President, and is now keen to destroy G.I.Joe elite group while on other hand, freeing the Cobra Commander (the boss) with help of Storm Shadow and Firefly. In this sequel, G.I. Joe is almost completely destroyed, with few remaining survivors who are now on mission to take on the threat set by Cobra to the whole world.


The story in this sequel is great and continues very well from its predecessor. But too bad, Duke (Channing Tatum) whom is the main character in the first film died so early in this one, paving way for Roadblock (Dwayne Johnson) to take the lead role, accompanied with several new important characters. It’s quite surprising to see him died so early in this one. Unexpected. And now, more emphasis is also given to the character of Storm Shadow (Lee Byung-hun) who now turned good in this sequel after being corrected of the truth of his past. And now, we see him not only fighting against Snake Eyes (in early part of the film and also in the predecessor film) but also fighting with Snake Eyes (later in the film). Interesting. Both of them joining hand together to defeat the enemy would create spark, but that is now shown much in the final climax. A bit disappointing there.


Overall, the amount of actions delivered from this film will never disappoints you. It’s honestly full of great actions. There are various heartstopping scenes (fighting with ninjas on the snow mountains, duel between Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow, the President’s impostor whom threatened the other nation leaders to launch and destroy their own nuclear strikes, and many more). A lot of great fights that accompany a great plot or storyline.


This movie will never get you bored. I think only the beginning part that feels a bit unnecessary and draggy. After that, everything is intense with fast-paced story development. The performance by the casts is great, and there are quite a number of funny moments you can see from this kind of ‘serious’ film too. Very good with addition of hilarious touch to certain scenes. I personally like the part where the ‘fake’ President (Jonathan Pryce) whom is the bad guy turned intense scene into a laughter moment (when he forced the other leaders, then he is playing Angry Birds with highscore achieved in such tense situation…haha). And he said ‘war on you, you, you, you, you and you’.


The explosion scenes are great! Those high-tech features and weapons are not as much as those seen in the first film but it’s okay. And the visual effects are totally awesome. The part where London collapses in a scene about only 10 seconds is incredible! That stunned me. I wish that part to be shown longer actually. There are many scenes that requires advanced visual treatments and this movie did it very good and convincing. In the end, the Cobra Commander is not re-captured and that is an indication for another possible sequel in the future. Good. If there is, I’m totally looking forward to it. As far as I know now, this sequel is no doubt better than the first film. More actions, great story, impressive visuals! Out of 10 points, I rate ‘G.I.Joe: Retaliation’ a total of 7.6.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)



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