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Sunday, 31 March 2013

Review: G.I. JOE: RETALIATION (2013)

 Okay, Snake Eyes... For the last time, you're not going to touch my biceps.
Messy plot, forgettable characters and mostly incoherent action sequences made this long-delayed G.I. JOE: RETALIATION unworthy of wait.

Originally scheduled to be released in last June, Paramount delayed the movie's release at the last minute and rescheduled on March 2013 instead. The reason? 3D post-conversion and reshoots which includes more scenes with Channing Tatum. Yeah, right.


Picking up after the events of 2009's G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA has last left off, the sequel sees the faux U.S. president (Jonathan Pryce) -- who is actually an imposter disguised by Zartan (Arnold Vosloo) -- continues his devious plan by sending the G.I. Joes to secure Pakistan's nuclear warheads after the leader of Pakistan is found assassinated. Captained by Commander Duke (Channing Tatum), the mission is successful at first. But right after the mission, the G.I. Joes are ambushed by a surprise attack which killed all the team members -- except for three lucky survivors: Roadblock (Dwayne Johnson), Lady Jaye (Adrianne Palicki) and Flint (D.J. Cotrona). They are all convinced that there's a bigger conspiracy happened in the White House and they are determined to find out the truth. In the meantime, Storm Shadow (Lee Byung-Hun) and Firefly (Ray Stevenson) team up to break Cobra Commander (Luke Bracey) out of prison. During the prison break, Storm Shadow is badly injured from the explosion and he is send over to the mountains for full recovery. When Snake Eyes (Ray Park) and Jinx (Elodie Young) manage to track down Storm Shadow and capture him as well, they finally discover that Cobra Commander is planning to hold the entire world hostage with a revolutionary new weapon called Zeus.

Die-hard fans will be delighted to see more G.I. Joe characters (e.g. Roadblock, Lady Jaye, Jinx, Flint, Firefly) are introduced in this sequel while some of the cast is quite fun to watch for -- notably Ray Stevenson and Jonathan Pryce.


As seen in the heavily-promoted trailer and exclusive movie clip, the mountaintop action sequence involving Snake Eyes and Jinx swinging their ropes around while battling against a small army of Cobra ninjas is both breathtaking and graceful.


Prior to G.I. JOE: RETALIATION, director Jon M. Chu has no experience in directing big-budget action movie blockbuster (previously he helmed two STEP UP movies and *ahem* JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER concert movie). Aside from the memorable mountaintop action sequence, I found it rather baffling to see the rest of the action set-piece are badly choreographed with too many tight close-ups and excessive shaky cams. He also fails as a director who can't sustain a simple level of coherence. Everything in G.I. JOE: RETALIATION feels like a badly stitched-together movie -- the plot is a bloated mess that is also unnecessarily complicated while most of the characters here are strictly caricatures (For instance, the appearance of Cobra Commander is sadly neglected as a thankless character). Another huge mistake Jon M. Chu has made is trying to blend G.I. JOE: RETALIATION with a gritty approach, whereas a dumb and fun move as seen in G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA is more than enough already. There are plenty more flaws to be found in this movie -- like how come it doesn't even bother to explain some of the missing characters from the first movie? And how did Storm Shadow survived from the first movie anyway?


Uh, Lady Jaye... I guess I can say "Yipee-kai-yay" in this movie, right?

G.I. JOE: RETALIATION is a waste of opportunity. It could have been better if the movie doesn't try too hard to be complicated. One thing for sure, Jon M. Chu needs to improve a lot if he's ever going to make another big-budget Hollywood blockbuster in the future.

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