Friday, March 29, 2013

G I Joe : Retaliation

Rating : 5/10
Release Date : 29th March, 2013
Time : 110 minutes
Director : John M Chu; Writers : Rhett Rheese, Paul Wernick; Music : Henry Jackman
Starring : Dwayne Johnson, Jonathan Pryce, DJ Cotrona, Adrianne Palicki, Channing Tatum, Bruce Willis, Arnold Vosloo, Byung Hun-Lee, Elodie Yung, Ray Park, Ray Stevenson

As someone who hasn’t seen the previous instalments, I found the action slick but the plot confusing and somewhere along the line from almost non-existent to unintentionally laughable. Without a plausible story to string it together, the whole thing then just becomes a smorgasbord of biceps, bullets, brawn and bombs…

Cobra has a sinister plot to blow up / takeover the world. They kill most of the GI Joe’s. Now its up to the handful of survivors to fight an entire army, penetrate the President’s security even as he hosts a world leaders summit (nice to see India featuring there) and foil the dastardly plot.

Adrianne Palicki stands out, particularly in a red dress. The whole side plot of Storm Shadow, Snake Eyes and Jinx was confusing and possibly unnecessary to the main story. Dwayne Johnson, DJ, Bruce Willis all try their best to look serious as they fight with gay and foolish abandon.

Nothing here is meant to last longer than its cinematic length. Or carry any cerebral pretense. Just wish the story had half as much beef as some of its lead actors…


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