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G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013)

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Rated: PG-13

1 hr 39 min

Staff Writer: Nathaniel Brayton


Hollywood knows the role of Dwayne Johnson and its in every big-budget blockbuster. And like the Hydra in Greek mythology, when one Rock movie exits the theater, two more take its place. But full disclosure, I am a huge Rock fan; however, even I think that the saturation point for the amount of Rock films in a year might be near.

Retaliation plays as an elongated episode of the cartoon, including cheesy dialogue and spectacular action sequences. Fans of the series should feel right at home as the actors commit to their cheeseball performances while consistently winking at the camera. However, Retaliation does not elevate or redefine the G.I. Joe property in the same way that Batman Begins did in 2005; it’s content with being a surface level action film.

Even with flaws like a simple sub-par script, Retaliation fulfills its job to entertain the audience. After watching The Rise of Cobra in 2009, it was clear that the special effects provided the most entertainment value. In Retaliation, the same rings true, even if the stunts are more farfetched. The gadgets that the Joes use are creative and James Bond-esk. And in all honesty, a movie like this must have great special effects to draw in the audience or else the rest is a waste.

As acting goes, it was nice to see Adrianne Palicki, (Friday Night Lights and the Wonder Woman that never was), flex some of her acting chops. Palicki plays Jaye, who enlisted to prove her father’s theory of women in the military wrong. I single her out because even amoung the big name actors, her small supporting character was fleshed out the most.

If you are expecting an action film with depth and great writing, you won’t find that in Retaliation. But if you want you escape in some great choreographed, explosion happy blockbuster, this is the movie for you. To be clear, there is nothing wrong with wanting either option. Sometimes, your brain needs to relax and let go. I had some fun with Retaliation and I know that many others will too.


out of 10

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-You need a new catchphrase.”


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