Sound Off: Jon Chu's 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' 3D - What Did You Think?

March 29, 2013

G.I. Joe: Retaliation

Now that you've seen it, what did you think? The Joes are finally back! Arriving in theaters after being delayed for almost a year, Paramount has released G.I. Joe: Retaliation in 3D, a sequel to the live-action G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra movie. Jon M. Chu (of "The LXD" and Never Say Never) is directing, with Channing Tatum back as Duke, Byung-hun Lee as Storm Shadow, and Dwayne Johnson joining as Roadblock. This time Cobra takes over the government, but will the Joes be able to stop them? How is this newest action extravaganza? If you've seen it, post a comment with your thoughts on G.I. Joe: Retaliation.

Honestly, G.I. Joe: Retaliation is an absolute blast to watch if you can shut your brain off. It's got plenty of silly action, familiar Joe characters popping up, and some amusing one-liners (though there are still some flat ones). In fact, the most satisfying aspect of the film is director Jon M. Chu finding a solid balance between the comedy and action, which looks surprisingly good in 3D. Channing Tatum and Dwayne Johnson have stellar chemistry and warrant their own film together sometime down the road. Even the villains have some fun taking digs at each other, showing they're each evil smart-asses in their own way.

The action is slick and has a nice blend of practical stunts and fighting to accompany some heavy visual effects. The ninja sequences alone are worth seeing on the big screen, and the Joe mission scenes each have something cool to offer whether it's Flint's nice footwork or some cool tech. The only real downside is some casting that doesn't quite mesh. Bruce Willis doesn't seem to fit in with the crew other than a single recurring joke throughout the film, and RZA is awful as Blind Master, even in a film as exaggerated as this. Meanwhile, Jonathan Pryce had a lot of fun as an imposter president to make for some really entertaining bits and Adrianne Palicki is quite easy on the eyes, so that helps a bit.

What did you think of Jon Chu's G.I. Joe: Retaliation? Kick-ass action sequel or 3D disaster? We will remove any comments that indicate you have not seen the movie, as this area is meant to discuss the film only once you have seen it and can talk about your thoughts. Please keep the comments civilized!

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I was expecting it to be funnier coming from the writers of Zombieland and all. Works fine for a dumb action film though.

Nielsen700 on Mar 29, 2013


Fun to watch, 3D was really pushed (instead of flying by your head, it's past your eyeball). Plot transitions were radical but then again that's the reminiscence of the cartoon kicking in. The ninja mountain scene was the part where I felt it most. Quirky cues and one liners got us through the character exchanges, but I never really cared about them, though they each had their own identifying traits. The Rock is fulfills his role like the human action figure that he is (plus he's actually a really good guy in real life, so it doesn't take much to be won over) and Adrianne Palicki had my attention at all times, as you'd expect. The scene where Bruce Willis falls down stairs and plays dead - I wanted this to happen: Cobra Commander could have been more terrifying, though I'm happy about the mask change, even the detail in his POV where you see the fangs. I'm curious how many different voice cadences they went through before picking his. I could have used a bit more than the generic low evil voice. Plus I wish he had some some sort of 'last threat' as he escapes on the helicopter. I even stayed after the credits thinking he'd have the last say or the helicopter transforms into a sub and dives into the water where he escapes, but nada. Overall, I liked it. Know what you're in for and you'll enjoy yourself. Go see it with a friend, and tell that friend to bring two beers.

Nick Sears on Mar 29, 2013


snake eyes could have used some better dialogue

pat on Mar 29, 2013


I have to say it was all right but disappointed. There were positive reviews that got me hyped but it didn't live up to expectations. A real GI JOE story you would expect to see a larger cast. It feels like they killed off all the Joes and did not include Destro because it was too complicated. Also what surprised me was it was more talky than I expected. Also you can tell they added more Channing Tatum during the time they said they were converting the movie into 3D. Movie studios like cutting the fat in movies in order to have more showings per day so they can make more money. A lot of the Channing Tatum scenes were mostly fat. So the rumors that they were filming more Channing Tatum because of his success lately with movies I'd say was true. Also on a side note when I was in the theatre, two women walked in and sat near-by me and one was non-stop talking to her friend through pretty much the first act of the movie. And she wasn't talking about the movie. She was talking about how she hates her Jamba Juice job. She eventually lowered her voice but it didn't seem to stop. Why in the hell did she spend money for a movie where she was just talking to her friend?

SIngular on Mar 29, 2013


Weak, the first film was much better.

Cs on Mar 29, 2013


Weaker then the first film was better??? Didn't think that was possible.

Hattori Hanzo on Mar 30, 2013


I liked it, but I'm a Joe fan. I sure hope there's a third one...

Bl00dwerK on Mar 30, 2013


The "check ur brain at the door" and "if you can shut your brain off" comments are getting old dude. Did people expect an oscar worthy film? G.I. Joe is exactly what it set out to be. You all act like some of the greatest action scenes of our time come from movies with great storylines....Look at every kung-fu flick.... those plots are almost unbearable but the fighting more than makes up for it. Just look at this cast.... were you expecting a "smart action film" like everyone loves to call the first Die Hard? Clearly you got the wrong idea from the trailer.

Ind3lible on Mar 30, 2013


This didn't exactly have the "greatest action scenes" of any time. I don't think anyone expects a great story, but you loose all creditability as a storyteller when you have the President hire Cobra, the guys that brought down the Eiffel Tower in the last movie, you know, a terrorist organization, to protect the Homeland because a US special forces group when rogue. WTF?

Baron the Curse on Mar 30, 2013


The scenes with RZA are so out of place. I understand they're trying to include some ninja culture but that was a terrible approach. The tone from the beginning had a fun vibe. The interaction between Tatum and The Rock was funny - shooting the candle light and playing C.O.D together. But then the rest of the film gets muddled with nonsensical action.

Marc Callado on Mar 30, 2013


RZA should be given a lifetime ban from anything to do with movies except the soundtrack. I still cringe when I think of his movie.

Karl on Mar 30, 2013


It just felt like a Rock action movie, and an awful one at that.

Baron the Curse on Mar 30, 2013


It thought it was meh. It was a lot more grounded than the first, but the first had more of a futuristic style to it regarding weaponry, vehicles, and armor. I was a little disappointed only one Joe from the first was back in the sequel and he died off immediately (yea, I know we're talking about tatum, but still I'm referring to the character, not the actor). And there were a couple others things that bothered me: they never explained how storm shadow was brought back to life after getting stabbed twice in the chest and falling into the arctic ocean (no would could survive freezing waters while bleeding out), Destro who was built up til the end of the first movie, wasn't even used in this film, by the time we finally got to see the massive, city destroying missle/climax, it all ended in a matter of minutes, AND most importantly, I really disliked how little there was of Cobra! He was barely, minutely in the film, huge WTF?!! Other than that, the action was good but the plot was meh. I know a lot of people disliked the first, but I'm finding it hard to say if this sequel was better.

JBrotsis on Mar 30, 2013


I liked it especially the scenes with nano bees,neat tech stuff they should keep them in the next one and I loved Cobra Commander's costume just like the comic which adds to fan realism!

JT on Mar 30, 2013


a very very boring movie... the director pushed it to far too put romance and background story... especially the storm shadow saga... no use at all! flint free runner is enjoyable... and duke! whats the point?! need more crazy villain dude!!

Franred on Mar 31, 2013


Sucked big time, is this made by the same studio that made the first part? The worst parts of the movie IMO - 1) Bruce Willis showing the weapons in the house, drawers full of guns, a fruit bowl with grenades, really? 2) The world conference where the leaders of the world fire all their nukes at each other and self destruct all of them.. 3) The same conference where the black box of the UK's PM had a sticker of the UK flag on it. 4) Dwayne Johson driving his bad ass tank / offroader for a couple of minutes in the end, where the hell was he going.

Dhiram on Mar 31, 2013


There was a lot of missteps throughout Retaliation, but what I'm most disappointed by is Duke's death. There was no buildup to it... and really, it just seemed like an excuse to get rid of the character. It's also a shame since Channing and Dwayne seemed to work well together - nobody else really had the buddy dynamic those two had. All in all, I think they tried too hard to connect it to the first movie when it was obvious they just wanted to reboot it.

Brandon Carey on Apr 1, 2013

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