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Movie Corner: G.I. Joe RETALIATION

by Candace E. Salima, Senior Contributor, US Daily Review

Movie: G.I. Joe - Retaliation
Director: Jon M. Chu
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis, D.J. Cotrona, and Channing Tatum
Rating/Runtime: PG-13 / 110 Minutes

My husband and I are big G.I. Joe fans, it takes us back to our childhoods when life was a little more simple. On top of that, my husband's cousin, of one sort or another, was starring in this one so we were anxious to see it. It starts out with a bang. They go to retrieve a stolen nuclear weapon, are waiting for extraction and that's where it goes all wrong. Remember that the President of the United States (POTUS) has been replaced by COBRA's number two, Zartan, at the end of the second movie. The nation and the world have no idea such a high level criminal has replaced the president using nano technology.

Framed for crimes against the country, the Joes are declared "Public Enemy #1" and are nearly all assassinated. The story centers around Roadblock, Jaye, and Flint, the only survivors of the attack in the desert. The movie takes us through their journey back to America and finding out who targeted them. End run? Find out who targeted them and ... kill them.

The G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra; they are forced to contend with threats from within the government, which end up being one and the same.

The special effects were wonderful, the fight scenes solidly choreographed with some stunning scenes involving swords and dangling from cliffs with nothing more than a rope as they fight the bad guys. It was rather breathtaking at times as Storm Shadow's unconscious body takes an unexpected trip down the mountainside as Snake Eyes and his accomplice battle the bad guys.

The story was rather mundane, but still highly entertaining. Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson seems to have become the King of Sequels, and he delivers in this one as well. All in all, my husband and I quite enjoyed ourselves as we cheered the Joes on.

For entertainment value G.I. Joe: Retaliation pulls in a solid 2.5 stars. For special effects and fights scenes, another star which brings them to 3.5 stars.

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Movie Corner: G.I. Joe RETALIATION Movie Corner: G.I. Joe RETALIATION Reviewed by Candace Salima on Saturday, April 06, 2013 Rating: 5