On DVD today from director Jon M. Chu, Hasbro and Paramount Pictures comes the next installment of the Joe’s saving the world with G.I. JOE: RETALIATION.
This film tells the story of the G.I. Joes, which include Roadblock (Dwayne Johnson), Firefly (Ray Stevenson), Jaye (Adrianne Palicki), Flint (D.J. Cotrona), Snake Eyes (Ray Park) and Duke (Channing Tatum).
On a mission in the deep desert to discover Cobra’s plan everything goes not according to plan. Left in the desert to bury the Joe’s who are killed, Roadblock, Jaye and Flint must find a way back to warn the President (Jonathan Pryce).
But the President has his own plans as the Joe’s are on a hit list and they have nowhere else to turn but to an original Joe, General Joe Colton (Bruce Willis). The General can load them up and help take out the bad guys with some unexpected help from Storm Shadow (Byung-hun Lee) and Jinx (Elodie Yung).
It’s all or nothing to save the world.
FINAL WORD: What can be said about Dwayne Johnson except this is the kind of role he was made for – literally. He has the intensity, build and tough disposition to get the job done. Of course standing next to Bruce Willis it seemed an odd look but hey, if it gets people excited about the series then it works.
The other Joe’s consisting of Stevenson, Palicki and Park play off Johnson very well. They obviously can’t put up the bulk so they play second fiddle and do it according to orders. It truly sucks to see Tatum go but he does have to save the President on his own time too. Can’t be in two places at once.
Lee as Storm Shadow and Yung as Jinx get a chance to join the Joe’s even if only for this film. Having Willis in the group gives him the opportunity to have a good time. It seemed he was still in RED 2 mode but I didn’t mind it at all.
Other cast include: Luke Bracey as Cobra Commander, Walton Goggins as Warden Nigel James, Arnold Vosloo as Zartan, Joseph Mazzello as Mouse, and RZA as Blind Master.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give G.I. JOE: RETALIATION three tubs of popcorn out of five. This is definitely a comic book – guy film all rolled into one with action. The story isn’t hard to figure out and although I didn’t read many of the comics I pretty much had the plot down within about 20 minutes.
Fans will love the bluray with its crisp and clean blow up scenes and special effects. I have to say, I do love watching films in bluray more than sitting in a theatre sometimes. It’s a chance to be comfortable at home and enjoy the film.
So take home G.I. JOE: RETALIATION today on bluray, DVD and Digital Copy with an Ultra Violet download with over an hour of behind-the-scenes featurettes, deleted scenes and commentary by Director Chu and Producer Bonaventura.
In the end – these heroes aren’t your average Joe’s!
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