Thursday, August 29, 2013

REWIND REVIEW: G.I. Joe: Retaliation

G.I. Joe: Retaliation

Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis


March 29, 2013

Jon M. Chu

Paramount Pictures

1 hour 50 minutes



With action movies, all that I ask for is to be mindless entertainment that is pure cheese and nothing but a good time.  Take for example "White House Down."  It might have been stupid and over the top, but at least it never took itself seriously, and in return delivered a fun action film.  "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," the sequel to "The Rise of Cobra," has all of the stupidity and cheesiness of "White House Down," but none of the fun.  This is a movie that got pushed back nine months for a 3D conversion and to add two extra scenes with Channing Tatum before he's killed off 20 minutes in.  Just a little heads up, those scenes don't add ANYTHING to the tone, quality, or story of the film, other than the fact that C-Tates and Dwayne Johnson's characters were buds.  Overall, aside from one fun action scene on a mountain, "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" is a stupid, boring, poorly-acted, cliche driven, and all around bad movie that just keeps butchering the "G.I. Joe's" reputation on the big screen.  And this is coming from someone who actually enjoyed "The Rise of Cobra" back in 2009.

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