G.I. Joe: Retaliation Movie Reviews
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Okay, so let me just say off the bat that Channing Tatum and Dwayne Johnson are totes hotties and they should be seen on the big screen to get the full effect of their physical glory. Bruce Willis . . . .? Well,maybe if you have a time machine available. (Sorry, Cybil Shepard). This is kind of a movie that you'll probably enjoy mostly if you are into those over the top video games that feature endless shooting sprees and disaster scenarios. This movie has all of that and more. I think the main objective here was to make a classic action guys movie and I guess I'll have to leave it up to others to judge how successful they were. Frankly, I got bored after the first 30 minutes because it just became an endless series of shootouts and blowups and I don't think there was any story to speak of except "army guys get bad guys" and then it ends there. It's fairly innocuous and violent at the same time.
I was really excited about this film and had high expectations for it, unfortunately I was very disappointed with it. The film made no sense whatsoever, I mean I understand that it was not meant to be an intellectual film but at least some logic would have been nice. The action was not really that good either and there were way too many subplots that were not necessary or interesting. I also thought that the film was poorly shot and just overall extremely boring. Consider yourself to be warned, this film was not worth seeing on the big screen at all.
This was a really really bad film and I do not recommend seeing it in the theaters. My boyfriend really wanted to see it and I caved, and I really regret that I did. The film has absolutely no logic and it’s just a hot mess overall. I think people who made this film should be quite ashamed of themselves. Even my boyfriend, who is a hard-core Die Hard fan, did not enjoy watching this film, he was quite disappointed. Overall, this film is not worth your time, money or your brain cells.
I LOVED this movie! If you like action movies, then there's really no way that you will want this flick to end. It's nonstop action from the word go, and it only gets better and more badas$ with each scene. The movie starts when all of London is destroyed - imagine that scenario in real life! - and the G.I. Joe batallion is called in to save the day. They spend most of their time wisecracking each other until the moment comes when they have no choice but to start kicking booty. It's a lot of fun and it's very funny in some scenes. I really like Channing Tatum's character because he underplayed the whole macho thing that he usually has to portray in movies. Dwayne Johnson is also his reliably great self in these kinds of movies. Bruce Willis is good, though I think he's getting kind of old for action movies. I hope they make a sequel because this one's gonna be HUGE~
Hrrrmmm. This is not going to be a classic in the sense that "The Avengers" is. Or even "The Dark Knight" which is basically an action film. This isn't even likely going to be remembered as much as the 80s cartoon on which it is kinda sorta based. This is basically just another retelling of a classic story/brand along the lines of the souped up and overt sexualization that Hollywood studios now like to put on nearly every movie. They have long since run out of ideas so they take established franchises and just remake them with big names. Dwayne Johnson walks away with this movie with his man-boy persona, and Channing Tatum does well enough though I feel that this might be his worst performance in a long time (he comes across as kind of stiff and putting on the whole dumb act). Bruce Willis is okay, and there is way too little story to make it palatable. C+.
Okay, fanboys: take me at my word when I say this. I take no pleasure in constantly deriding mainstream Hollywood action movies. I wish that they could do just a tad bit more in terms of character development and plot so that audiences could endure a full two hours of wham-bam-blammo sequences without having to leave their cerebral powers in the theater lobby.
Alas. G.I. Joe: Retaliation simply reinforces the age old prejudice that action movies are little more than an exercise in testosterone-fueled grunting and blood-smeared visual phantasmagoria. If you don’t care about character development, plot, or even just basic logic, well then this is the movie for you this weekend. It will be a favorite with dudes aged 12-15 and their homies/bros whom they can high-five in between trips to the concession stand. Everyone else . . . not so much.
I would try to offer a brief summary of the movie’s plot, but as there is none, I cannot. In fact, I defy anyone to prove that this movie does, in fact, have a plot. It’s merely a string of unrelated action sequences which have nothing to do with each other apart from the presence of characters played by Channing Tatum and Dwayne Johnson.
If there’s anything to recommend the movie, it’s the easy camaraderie between Tatum and Johnson. But then there are so many better buddy movies out there. Woody and Buzz Lightyear, for example, were just as good friends and their movies were hella better than the headache-inducing misfire that is G.I. Joe: Retaliation.
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