[Movie Review] G.I Joe: Retaliation


Directed By: Jon M. Chu

Written By: Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick

Stars: Dwayne Johnson ‘The Rock’ (Faster, Fast and Furious 5), Bruce Willis(Die Hard Franchise, Pulp Fiction) Channing Tatum (Step Up, The Vow)

Zubby: After Delays that saw the release of this movie pushed back by almost a year. G.I. Joe Retaliation is finally upon us.

M.Y: With more action, More impossible stunts,

Zubby: More super cool weaponry and  gadgets

M.Y: And most of all in my opinion, too much of an overkill in the story that made it so flat at its climax, it totally ruined the mood.

Zubby: I still enjoyed watching the movie though.


The Script


Zubby: Following up as a sequel to G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, G.I. Joe retaliation starts off with The Joes being sent on a mission to Pakistan to recover Nuclear warheads. Unknown to them that they’re being lead into a trap by the evil Zartan who’s impersonating the president.

M.Y: Most Joes die and just a handful of Joes survive lead by Roadblock (Dwayne Johnson)  who then vow to revenge their fallen comrades.

Zubby: I personally don’t think the target is a mind bending experience, I believe it is targeted at the fans of really cool action movies like Marvel’s The Avengers, plus if you are a fan of G.I Joe: Rise of Cobra , then you know very well that you are in for some really awesome feast for your eyes. You will have a swell time believe me

M.Y: But then like I said before, something could have been done about the turn of events at the Nuclear summit. It was Terrible writing as far as I am concerned. I mean, how can you just…..

Zubby: Hey! M.Y please no spoilers remember? Plus remember that in Rise of Cobra parts of Paris was destroyed and that didn’t make the movie feel flat. Plus the repeated jokes at North Korea sure made it funny.

M.Y:Yeah, I so love the North Korea jokes, I guess they are the new Russia now. So asides from that little bit of a ‘slip’, it was a cool experience.

Zubby: I’m also of the opinion that this movie would have been a lot better if some certain characters from Rise of Cobra were retained. The idea of doing a wipe out of most of the Joes from Rise of Cobra and replacing them with new Joes doesn’t speak too well for the connection that the production studio might want to build between the two movies.

M.Y: Hey bro, then what will the vengeance have been about if they didn’t lose some really valuable guys. It was painful sha, I no go lie 


The Directing


M.Y: The Directing was pretty cool from my perspective. Ranging from the stunts coordination to the explosions and even the choice of locations.

Zubby: Whenever I see a movie directed by anybody with an Asian heritage (except Ang Lee) there are two things that come to mind immediately namely Speed and good stunt coordination. Good to know that Jon Chu sure did his homework  He took some of the stunt coordination tricks he learnt from directing Step Up 2 & 3D and brought them alive on the set of this movie.


The Acting


Zubby: The acting was ok, The movie to me had like 5-6 main characters while the rest played supporting role and they were all just par

M.Y: It was fun seeing RZA from wu’tang clan acting in a movie (no matter how small the role was) and not singing the soundtrack to that movie. I still haven’t forgiven him for his directorial debut though, Man with the Iron fist.


The Verdict


Zubby: The movie gets a popcorn and hotdog from us here’s the reason why. We expected this movie to be a huge improvement from G.I Joe: Rise of Cobra which we felt won’t be too hard to beat. But after seeing how the movie used a lot hollywood action cliches and had places where we felt the script could have been a lot better an example my colleague pointed out earlier.

M.Y: Good movie all in all. Doesn’t matter if you’re seeing it for the stunts, the dialogues, explosions or tech. There’s something in it for everybody.