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G.I. Joe: Retaliation March 29, 2013
G.I. Joe: Retaliation
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of combat violence and martial arts action throughout, and for brief sensuality and language.

If you played with action toys as a kid or watched Saturday morning cartoons, chances are you are least a little bit familiar with G.I.Joe. When the first film in this series didn't perform to expectations the sequel was tweaked a bit to more closely resemble its roots.

Dwayne Johnson was brought in to join the cast as Roadblock. As he and his fellow Joes fly into danger, Channing Tatum, who returns to play Duke, asks Roadblock for some inspiring words.

It turns out the Joes have more to worry about than just the mission. They are branded traitors by an imposter in the Oval Office and are dealt a near fatal blow.

Roadblock and two fellow soldiers manage to escape and immediately begin working to defeat the plans of Cobra. The evil organization wants to control the planet and isn't afraid to destroy several major cities along the way.

The Joes need to find out what Cobra's plan is, so the silent ninja Snake Eyes (Ray Park) leads an assault on a mountain fortress to capture the evil Storm Shadow (Byung-hun Lee).

"G.I. Joe: Retaliation" succeeds on many levels where its predecessor did not. It does so by going back to its roots. We get plenty of explosive action, martial arts, high-tech weapons and characters we want to see. Along with Roadblock, Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow we get Cobra Commander, Zartan, Lady Jaye, Firefly, Jinx and many others as part of the story. And, we even meet the original G.I. Joe (Bruce Willis). He's now a retired general, but the Joes coax him back into action to help save the president.

This is a straightforward movie in which the filmmakers know exactly who their audience is. But what most helps the cause is that Johnson is a welcome addition to the series. He adds muscle and charisma, while the supporting actors fit into their legendary characters very nicely.

It's two hours of escapist fun. Go Joe!

On my rating scale, "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" earns a TRIPLE.

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