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G.I. Joe: Retaliation - Film Review

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Published April 2nd 2013


A falsely accused elite military group needs to save the world against government threats commissioned by their enemy, Cobra.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation is a sci-fi action flick directed by Jon M. Chu, who is known for Step Up 2, Step Up 3D and Justin Bieber: Never Say Never - so you might be wondering what is a dance/musical director doing directing a G.I. Joe movie? Well, actually it's not so bad. With some notable additions to the cast, breathtaking scenes and believable special effects, I don't think this will be Chu's last time directing an action film.

Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson are a nice addition to the G.I. Joe cast. With Dwayne's physicality it would only be fair to let him play Road Block. Willis plays General Joseph Colton, the original G.I. Joe and although he has limited scenes, he brings light humour to his role. Channing Tatum's character, Duke, returns as does Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow, played by Ray Park and Lee Byung-hun respectively, who don't disappoint with their martial arts skills. Actually, in regards to Snake Eyes, there is a 9 minute, no dialogue, action scene shot on the side of the Himalayas which shows himself and Jinx flying around mountains trying to escape ninjas. The spectacular views and daring action sequences displays the strengths of Chu as a director. The special effects added an extra element to the 3D format.

Although it has a predictable ending and the only real charter development is between Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes, it is still a better than average action movie. The cast acted well and the directing was fantastic. Definitely opt to watch it in 3D as this makes the action scenes (which there is quite a lot of) even better!

3.5/5

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