2 out of 5
Perhaps the Joes should take an early retirement from the silver screen. Seriously.
Actually the formula of sequel always sucks is very common in this world. But with the success of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy or Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class, perhaps one can still hope for the better.
There is an art of making a film that is adapted from a comic book, a video game, a cartoon serie, or a line of toys. Many people grew up either watching, playing, or reading the stuff, so practically it became a part of someone. Comic adapted film should make its fans jumping with joy seeing their favourite characters come to life, and it should be able to bring the geek out of even the ditziest cheerleader. But G.I Joe: Retaliation falls far away from that.
Lee Byung-hun might deliver a good acting playing the vindictive Storm Shadow. But even his twitching mad face and bare torso, along with numerous explosions in this film cannot save Retaliation from being flat. What is supposed to be a funny, entertaining film becomes 2 hours of dull banters between characters that do not have any chemistry between them at all. Adding some explosions and a wrestling match between 2 big guys still can’t prevent you from yawning or talking to the person sitting next to you. So for fellow G.I Joe geeks out there, let us take a deep breath and let go of another bad sequel.