Against my friends’ warnings, I needed to see a movie that would allow me to space out since my allergies were bothering me. So I said “what the hey, I’ll rent G.I. JOE: Retaliation”….well, it was a tad better than the first movie, but really it left me with such an empty experience that I’d rather not write a full review on it.
It does have several good moments of action, I also liked the subplot about Snake Eyes, Jinx and Storm Shadow, but as for the rest of the cast, they were just dull. I mean, it almost appears as if they wrote the action set pieces in before they made up the story. It was filled with holes, things that did not make sense and it just lacked emotion. I mean, the screenplay and direction just could not get me immersed with its world-threatening plotline and I did not care what was going on.
Still, Dwayne Johnson was a good pick to play Roadblock, Adrienne Palicki was sexy, and Lee Byung-Hyun was good as Storm Shadow. I suppose if you are a G.I. Joe animated series fan, this may fill you up; it was campy and silly….well, it is a movie inspired by a toy line. But cinema fans should just stay away….It is a Below "Average Joe" so a Rental may suffice if you're a "Joe" fan. [2 ½ Out of 5 Stars]