Jumping right into the action, this sequel pretty much picks up with the Joe's fighting Cobra once again. This time the Joe's find themselves ambushed and framed for treason by the ruthless Zartan. Determined to clear their name, the Joe's go into hiding while crafting a plan to defeat Zartan and his army.
Dwayne Johnson (Roadblock), Jonathan Pryce (President), Byung-hun Lee (Storm Shadow), Elodie Yung (Jinx), Ray Stevenson (Firefly), D.J. Cotrona (Flint), Adrianne Palicki (Jaye), Channing Tatum (Duke), Ray Park (Snake Eyes), Luke Bracey (Cobra Commander), Arnold Vosloo (Zartan).
G.I. Joe: Retaliation gets right into things from the start with some good action followed by the ambush that sets up the rest of the film. From there the story is a mix of drama, suspense, and plenty of action with guns, fists, and explosions. The Joe's even have a few cool toys in this sequel to keep things interesting. As the story moves along the film develops a much more technology based feel and looks much more like a big-budget film. Sadly the ending feels a bit abrupt and a lot like a sequel setup.
Acting was decent in this one with Johnson delivering his usual. Pryce did a nice job, as did Lee. Stevenson was fun in this one, as was Palicki. The remainder of the supporting cast did nicely throughout.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were well done and gave the film a solid, big-budget feel. CGI was mild but well done. Dialogue was okay with a few rough spots. Sound and soundtrack were good.
Overall G.I. Joe: Retaliation was a decent sequel and a solid action flick. Fans of the genre or the series will probably enjoy this quite a bit. Those who have never gotten the G.I. Joe craze will likely enjoy it much less.
With plenty of violence, martial arts action, mild sensuality, and foul language this should be fine for teens and above.
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