Now do you really expect very much from an action movie when the director’s previous film was Justin Bieber: Never Say Never? Then don’t be upset or disappointed if you pay over ten dollars for this piece of crap called a sequel to the 2009 G.I. Joe film that felt the need to turn the beloved Hasbro action figures of kids from the 1980s-1990s into special effects. Of course when the studio announced that G.I. Joe Retaliation wasn’t coming out in June of 2012 because of adding 3D effects, everyone knew it was to add more Channing Tatum, even though his contract was, let’s say, abbreviated for this sequel.

​With Cobra Commander and Destro now in prison, Duke (Tatum) and his G.I. Joe team are now the go to guys when the United States need precision and no room for error. A set up and betrayal by the one person the Joes assumed they could trust leaves them deserted and knocked down to a small number of three. Roadblock (Johnson), Flint (Cotrona) and Lady Jaye (Palicki) must restore order to their country before the President (Price) destroys the world as he frees Cobra. Across the world, Snake Eyes must team up with traitor Storm Shadow (Byung-hun Lee) to stop the destruction that awaits.

​The first action sequence in the film is a disorganized mess. Director Jon M. Chu’s only experience with action was Step Up 2 and Step Up 3D. There is a lot of shooting, explosions and fighting, but none of it looks interesting or exciting on screen, even in 3D. The entire film follows suit with action sequence after action sequence that is even more boring and unintelligent than the last. Borrowing heavily from The X-Men script, there isn’t an original idea to be found in Retaliation that we haven’t already seen done better in any number of action films in the last three years.

​If Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is in a movie, you know exactly what you are going to get and how it will end. While the first G.I. Joe film was bad, adding Johnson to the mix deludes this from a comic book superhero franchise to just another muscle head action flick like he delivers every single time. On top of that, why does every action film with a budget over $75 million have the same nuclear war theme? Can’t the screenwriters of Hollywood come up with a more interesting threat? It isn’t that this film is that bad, it’s more the fact that it’s so mediocre with all technology at its disposal, not to mention piles of comic books and animated television episodes that were far more interesting than what we see here.

Final Thought – Looks more like a typical action flick with The Rock than a sequel to G.I. Joe.

 Grade D+                 By: Dustin Chase