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G.I. Joe: Retaliation - Film Review

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by Julie Mundy (subscribe)
Julie is the author of a number of guidebooks, including 'Melbourne's Best Bush Bay and City Walks' & 'Melbourne for Dogs' (with RSPCA). Read more of her adventures at her walks blog:
Published April 2nd 2013
Essential action movie checklist:
1. Very loud explosions (check);
2. Big muscles with ridiculous abs and lots of shirt-off moments to ogle them (check);
3. Lots of guns, I mean really BIG guns (check);
4. Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) also looking very BIG (check);
5. Bruce Willis with momentary lapses of old-guy irony (check);
6. Bad guys (check);
7. Good guys (check);
8. Token women tougher than all the tough guys put together but still with flowing, shiny locks of hair (check);
9. Kick-ass martial arts sequences (check);
10.Mind blowing special effects (check).
GI Joe: Retaliation (Source: GI Joe: the movie website)
GI Joe: Retaliation

Well, now that's out of the way, you can sit back and just soak up the pure fun and mayhem of the second GI Joe movie. Who would have thought that a muscled-up barbie doll for blokes could have spawned not one but two pretty fun movies! The second in the (no doubt) series sees the baddies, Cobra, lead with urbane nastiness by Jonathon Pryce, out for world domination (of course) which involves putting the GI Joes out of action - get ready for the main shock of the whole shebang quite early on - and no, I won't spoil the suspense.
GI Joe Retaliation
Dwayne and Bruce: action movie heaven!

There's a great and very topical little cameo by the leader of North Korea facing off against the so-called leader of the Free World in a nuclear disarmament summit, and some absolutely mind-blowing special effects involving running sideways along sheer Tibertan cliff faces, which make the parkour sequences in James Bond look like a Sunday stroll in the park with granddad. I also definitely want Bruce WIllis' (General Joe Colton) kitchen fit-out. Other than that, it does help you follow the storyline if you have seen the first GI Joe, so you can figure out why the-bad-guy-who-is-now-the-good -guy-(or-is-he?!)-became-a-bad-guy-in-the-first-place.
GI Joe: Retaliation - pick the bad guy.
GI Joe: Retaliation - pick the bad guy.

Refreshingly, the violence is not graphic, appropriate to its M rating, though there is a suitably numerous body count along the way. Fans of the Hasbro action figure originals (go on, own up!) will also recognise some of the crazy equipment from the toy range. Plot lines aside, this is a great film for Die Hard or Red fans, who like a healthy dose of humour and outrageous guns with their action movies. You won't burn your brain trying to follow the movie; there will definitely be a few 'whoah!' moments and you'll sneak in the sly chuckle along the way. Terrific fun.
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Why? Because it's good to sit back and watch some big explosions from time to time.
Where: Cinemas now
Cost: Cinema entrance: $15
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