By Steven Cayer, Contributor
When a movie is made based on a children’s toy line, it’s probably not going to be pretty. When that movie has a sequel, it’s bound to be a mess. That’s what happened to G.I Joe: Retaliation, sequel to 2009’s G.I Joe: The Rise of Cobra. On top of that, Retaliation was directed by Jon M. Chu, whose previous films include Step Up 3D and Justin Bieber: Never Say Never.
If you didn’t see Rise of Cobra, you’re not missing much in part two. Basically, Cobra, an evil organization bent on world domination, got as far as impersonating the President of the United States. In this sequel, the plot gets amped up to 11 when Cobra tries to destroy all the remaining Joes, while also taking control of a ton of nuke-like weapons. Of these remaining Joes, we have Roadblock (Dwayne Johnson), Flint (D.J Cotrona), and Lady Jaye (Adrianne Palicki).
Retaliation is a typical story, if you can call it a story. The movie is definitely action-packed, but most of it was uneventful fighting. There were only two action sequences in the whole movie that were as awesome as they were memorable. If you don’t like lazy moviemaking, I suggest you pass this one by.