THE PLOT THUS FAR
The G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra; they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Retaliation” was an unconventional progression sees almost a complete overhaul of cast from its predecessor, the only juxtaposing strand being Duke and Snake Eyes. The revamp is intact with other characters being discarded, an almost unprecedented feat for a direct sequel. Another remaining thread from The Rise of Cobra is the US president being replaced by an imposter, Zartan, played to perfection by Jonathan Pryce. The doppelganger orders an assault on the G.I. Joe base, managing to annihilate all but three survivors: Roadblock, Flint and Lady Jaye. Zartan also orchestrates the escape of Cobra Commander, the eternal nemesis of the Joes. Cobra then leads a covert network of nefarious miscreants in their quest for world domination.
The storytelling is quite messy. It’s like an uninteresting version of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol with uninteresting characters. The storytelling from the first movie wasn’t great either since it is cluttered with cheesy flashbacks. But it’s worse here because it takes some twists that are absurdly incoherent. And so, it’s all pretentious. The characters are boring and even the performances can’t bring them to life. Dwayne Johnson is the only good thing among them though, Bruce Willis is trying to make fun of himself again as a crazy grandaddy, and the villains ham it up which isn’t suppose to be a bad thing but they can’t give enough personality to them.
The Blu-Ray comes with a stunning 2D and 3D presentation. The 3D’s frame of reference really pops out during the cliff side attack. Other than that, it’s a painfully obvious post conversion. Most of it feels flat and lacks any real definition. The special features range from commentary to featurettes to deleted scenes. Plus, you get a DVD and Digital Copy of the film. It’s a pretty impressive affair when compared to the first film. Unfortunately, it fails to stack up against most of 2013’s blockbusters. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to fans.
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