G.I. Joe: Retaliation

G.I. Joe: Retaliation

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Director: Jon M. Chu, D.J. Cotrona, Lee Byung-hun, Adrianne Palicki

Cast: Jon M. Chu, D.J. Cotrona, Lee Byung-hun, Adrianne Palicki

     
 

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The Joes reteam to prevent Cobra from achieving total world domination in this sequel that picks up shortly after the events of G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. The Nanomite threat has been neutralized, and the U.S. government has imprisoned Cobra Commander and Destro in an inescapable subterranean prison. When the

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The Joes reteam to prevent Cobra from achieving total world domination in this sequel that picks up shortly after the events of G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. The Nanomite threat has been neutralized, and the U.S. government has imprisoned Cobra Commander and Destro in an inescapable subterranean prison. When the leader of Pakistan is assassinated, the U.S. president (Jonathan Pryce) calls on the Joes to secure Pakistan's nuclear warheads before they fall into enemy hands. In the wake of successfully completing their mission, however, the Joes are decimated in a devastating surprise attack. When the smoke clears, Roadblock (Dwayne Johnson), Lady Jaye (Adrianne Palicki), and Flint (D.J. Cotrona) are the sole survivors. They're convinced that something is amiss in the White House, and as Lady Jaye theorizes that an imposter is pretending to be the commander in chief, bad guys Storm Shadow (Lee Byung-hun) and Firefly (Ray Stevenson) team up to break Cobra Commander (Luke Bracey) out of prison. Later, as Storm Shadow retreats into the mountains to recover from burns incurred in the extraction, Snake Eyes (Ray Park) and Jinx (Elodie Yung) manage to capture the elusive white ninja, in the process discovering a shocking secret about his past and learning that Zartan (Arnold Vosloo), posing as the president, has called an international summit to discuss nuclear disarmament in order to bring the leaders of the world to their knees before the diabolical Cobra Commander. Now, as Cobra holds the entire globe hostage with a revolutionary new weapon placed on satellites orbiting the planet, it's up to the Joes and a trustworthy old friend to save the day.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
There's a certain satisfaction that comes from watching a movie with zero pretentions -- an unapologetic slice of sugary pop cinema that embraces the absurdities of its chosen genre in a shameless bid to entertain. G.I. Joe: Retaliation may not be a "smart" action film (it may not even be a "good" one), but in terms of movies based on nearly 30-year-old cartoon series created to sell toys and directed by the guy who made the Justin Bieber documentary, it's surprisingly watchable. Of course, if you're going to start applying concepts like logic, plausibility, and classical filmmaking techniques to this explody distraction, you'll probably end up laughing your way out of the theater before the main "plot" is even revealed, but if what you wandered into the multiplex looking for is a bit of big-gun bravado basted in sweaty machismo, you just might find yourself heading back to the concession stand for a refill on that extra-large popcorn. The story picks up shortly after the events of the ridiculous G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. The Nanomite threat has been neutralized, and the U.S. government has imprisoned Cobra Commander and Destro in an inescapable subterranean prison. When the leader of Pakistan is assassinated, the U.S. president (Jonathan Pryce) calls on the Joes to secure Pakistan's nuclear warheads before they fall into enemy hands. In the wake of successfully completing their mission, however, the Joes are decimated in a devastating surprise attack. When the smoke clears, Roadblock (Dwayne Johnson), Lady Jaye (Adrianne Palicki), and Flint (D.J. Cotrona) are the sole survivors. They're convinced that something is amiss in the White House, and as Lady Jaye theorizes that an imposter is pretending to be the commander in chief, bad guys Storm Shadow (Lee Byung-hun) and Firefly (Ray Stevenson) team up to break Cobra Commander (Luke Bracey) out of prison. Later, as Storm Shadow retreats into the mountains to recover from burns incurred in the extraction, Snake Eyes (Ray Park) and Jinx (Elodie Young) manage to capture the elusive white ninja, in the process discovering a shocking secret about his past and learning that Zartan (Arnold Vosloo), posing as the president, has called an international summit to discuss nuclear disarmament in order to bring the leaders of the world to their knees before the diabolical Cobra Commander. Now, as Cobra holds the entire globe hostage with a revolutionary new weapon placed on satellites orbiting the planet, it's up to the Joes and a trustworthy old friend to save the day. Clearly, G.I. Joe: Retaliation screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (who previously collaborated on Ruben Fleischer's Zombieland) took more than a few cues from the wildly popular G.I. Joe cartoon from the 1980s when they were crafting the script for this ante-upping sequel. An occasionally schizophrenic blend of prodigal-son kung-fu film and testosterone-fueled men-(and-women)-on-a-mission romp, G.I. Joe: Retaliation is the kind of large-scale action movie in which the entire world is the stage, the laws of physics don't apply, and every implausible plot development is giddily pursued without a glimmer of irony. Opening with character introductions inspired by the "file cards" that came with the original action figures, it knows exactly what audiences expect of it and pulls out all the stops to deliver. Even so, Reese and Wernick struggle to keep the story flowing smoothly following an unexpected chemistry shift early on that robs the film of its initially playful vibe. It's an awkward development that could have easily cast a shadow over the entire bloodless affair, had helmer Jon M. Chu not made up for it with an exhilarating mountaintop action sequence that successfully shocks the movie back to life. A director with a background in dance films, Chu brings a sense of fluidity to the action that helps to mask his relative inexperience in the genre while enhancing the fantasy aspects of the violence in a way that directly calls back to the cartoon series (despite the fact that, unlike that series, characters actually die in this film). Meanwhile, the entire cast go for broke, with Ray Stevenson and Jonathan Pryce in particular obviously having a blast, and fun cameos by Walton Goggins and RZA add some energy to the incidental scenes. With the widely panned G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, it paid to purchase your ticket with diminished expectations. In this sequel, fans of the franchise needn't make such a concession: G.I. Joe: Retaliation is precisely what most would expect from a hyperviolent PG-13 action flick that's banking on viewer nostalgia to make a buck, and if your inner 12-year-old can't appreciate that, you may want to check and make sure he still has a pulse.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/30/2013
UPC:
0097361474847
Original Release:
2013
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:50:00
Sales rank:
25,712

Special Features

Over an hour of behind-the-scenes featurettes; Deleted scenes; Commentary by Director Jon M. Chu and Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura; ; Closed Caption

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
D.J. Cotrona Flint
Lee Byung-hun Storm Shadow
Adrianne Palicki Jaye
Ray Park Snake Eyes
Jonathan Pryce President
RZA The Blind Master
Ray Stevenson Firefly
Channing Tatum Duke
Elodie Yung Jinx
Bruce Willis General Joe Colton
Dwayne Johnson Roadblock
Walton Goggins Warden Nigel James
Luke Bracey Cobra Commander
Arnold Vosloo Zartan
Joe Mazzello Mouse
Nick Erickson President Picture Double
Naim Alherimi Pakistani President
Ravi Naidu Chief Advisor
Matt Gerald Havoc
Douglas M. Griffin Doctor
Joe Chrest Chief of Staff
James Carville James Carville
Ryan Hansen Grunt
DeRay Davis Stoop
Nathan Takashige Young Storm Shadow
Joanna Leeds Intern
Elana Justin Intern
Ilia Volok Russian Leader
Dikran Tulaine U.K. Leader
Robert Catrini Israeli Leader
Marcelo Tubert French Leader
James Lew Chinese Leader
Ajay Mehta Indian Leader
Augustus Cho North Korean Leader
Raja Chandra Deka Indian Expert
Tiffany Lonsdale British Expert
Terrence Parks Greeter
Jun Hee Lee North Korean Captain
Afemo Omilami Chairman Joint Chief of Staff
Dante Won Ha Kim Jong's Nephew
Carrie Wong Jhankri
Ben Blankenship Systems Officer
Jim Palmer Clutch
Amin Joseph Cobra Secret Service
Rey Hernandez Cobra Secret Service
Grant S. Goodman First Son
Mikal A. Vega Arch Angel Jones
Luis Echagarruga Arch Angel Jones
Brelyn Plumbar Roadblock's Daughter
Amaya Plumbar Roadblock's Daughter
Dustan Costine Cobra Trooper
Michael Howe Cobra Trooper
Geoffrey Howe Cobra Trooper
Erik Howsam U.K. Staff
Timothy Bruns Honor Guard

Technical Credits
Jon M. Chu Director
Erik Aadahl Sound/Sound Designer
Gary Barber Executive Producer
Roger Barton Editor
Roger Birnbaum Executive Producer
Lorenzo Di Bonaventura Producer
Pud Cusack Sound Mixer
Kristen Davis Set Decoration/Design
Digital Domain Animator
David Ellison Executive Producer
Sarah Forrest Set Decoration/Design
Luke Freeborn Art Director
Herbert W. Gains Executive Producer
Dana Goldberg Executive Producer
Brian Goldner Producer
Michelle C. Harmon Set Decoration/Design
Alan Hook Art Director
Erik Howsam Executive Producer
Henry Jackman Score Composer
Sandra Linn Koepper Makeup
James MacKinnon Makeup
John Marquis Sound/Sound Designer
Jim May Editor
Ron Mendell Set Decoration/Design
Andrew Menzies Production Designer
Louise Mingenbach Costumes/Costume Designer
Philip A. Patterson Asst. Director
Scott Plauche Art Director
Rhett Reese Screenwriter
Marco Rubeo Set Decoration/Design
Sebastian Schroeder Art Director
Paul Schwake Executive Producer
Stephen Sommers Executive Producer
Todd Tucker Makeup Special Effects
Ethan Van der Ryn Sound/Sound Designer
Trinh Vu Set Decoration/Design
Brian A. Waits Set Decoration/Design
Clint Wallace Set Decoration/Design
Paul Wernick Screenwriter
Randy D. Wilkins Set Decoration/Design
Stephen F. Windon Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- G.I. Joe: Retaliation
1. Scene 1 [6:07]
2. Scene 2 [:55]
3. Scene 3 [5:48]
4. Scene 4 [1:54]
5. Scene 5 [2:48]
6. Scene 6 [4:14]
7. Scene 7 [3:46]
8. Scene 8 [4:28]
9. Scene 9 [:50]
10. Scene 10 [6:25]
11. Scene 11 [1:38]
12. Scene 12 [3:40]
13. Scene 13 [2:37]
14. Scene 14 [3:12]
15. Scene 15 [1:35]
16. Scene 16 [3:56]
17. Scene 17 [1:17]

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G.I. Joe: Retaliation 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
snickle3 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this film and would watch it more then once.  I like action films with happy or semi-happy endings.  In my opinion this film like the first one has a lot of good action and to enjoy this type of film you need to have an imagination and love for watching the good guy beat  the bad guy.