2009’s ‘G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra’ was silly but entertaining, and managed to incorporate a more worldwide feel into what is mainly perceived as an American toy product, but ‘Retaliation’ did away with much of the international feel of the first film and focused more on the American aspects of the toy line, and I feel that was much to the detriment of the final product.
I can honestly say that I really enjoyed ‘Rise of Cobra’. It was over-the-top, it was fun, it was exactly what I expected from a movie based on a toy. I can’t say the same about ‘Retaliation’. While it has some nice action scenes, led by the Ninja fight on the side of a mountain, it really flounders almost everywhere else.
Many actors are wasted in this movie, from Channing Tatum in his returning role of Duke, to Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson as Roadblock, to Bruce Willis as General Joe Colton, the original G.I. Joe.
As a direct sequel, ‘Retaliation’ really falters, but as a spin-off it could have been successful, and they could have done more with the movie in that manner. Sadly, there is a lot left on the table in this film, and should be even more derided by critics and fans than the original was.
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