Written October 22, 2014
You're not seeing this for the realism.. that is an important thing to remember. It is FAR better than the first one which was a joke. As it is, it is just a themed action movie. The 3d was done well, in that it wasn't a distraction, and a couple parts where it did enhance the feeling a bit. I wouldn't say its necessary to watch it in 3d. I wouldn't have been broken up if I waited for the DVD, but had an entertaining time watching this.
Lady Jane looked great and made the movie worth it for me.
Written December 20, 2014
I went just to see stuff blow up. But got a solid story that danced oh so nicely with the cliches that tend to populate these type of movies, the right amount of silliness (Angry Birds awesome) Although the attempts to tug at your heart strings was a miss, it wasn't heavy handed.
For what it is, it's worth it.
Written December 27, 2014
Then: I remember watching the first half of the first GI Joe and thinking how bad the acting, plot, dialogue, and fighting were. Then...the heavens opened up and poured glorious action down upon the audience. Just when I thought the downpour was over, a hurricane of action hit in shock & awe fashion and put me on over the edge!
Now: Retaliation has slightly better acting, dialogue, and plot. It adds some new toys, a hot cast, and a more mature feeling. The problem? It forgot all of the amazing action that made the first movie worth it. Retaliation plateaus with some OK fight scenes that don't make up for the gaping plot holes and spotty storyline. This movie could have spent less $ on big actors and more on action. One thing is for certain, Cobra Commander has swagger! If you see one action movie this weekend, see Olympus has Fallen.
There are short character sequences at the start of the credits and nothing after.
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Written September 20, 2014
From the beginning to the end a lot of action, is a good action movie, but they take too long to got the real point of the movie and that taste like a waste of movie.
Written March 02, 2015
The 3D was pretty good, the action was solid, and the acting wasn't bad. Just don't expect an overall special film.
I thought it was a little better than the first film, but that's not saying much considering the first one was a "SO-SO" quality film.
The Pros: Very little down time without action. Features many of the beloved GI Joe characters. Solid action and acting.
The Cons: Bad writing. Absurd plot lines. Seem to lean heavily on the 3D effects at times. Cobra Commanders voice reminds me more of Darth Vader than the Cobra Commander I grow up watching on the classic cartoon.
All in all: if you're a GI Joe fan(especially if you somewhat enjoyed the first film), check it out, for anyone else, you're not going to miss much by not seeing this.