Excerpt: The easiest way to enjoy G.I. Joe: Retaliation is by entering with low expectations and proceeding to think of comparable films worse than it. For instance, while this sequel doesn’t really excel in acting, story, logic, or excitement, at least it’s coherent and watchable, not a Transformers-style sensory assault.
Excerpt: Director Jon M. Chu keeps the action moving and his stars charismatic but “Zombieland” writers Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick have cobbled their plot together from everything from “Star Wars”…to “RED”…to the “Lethal Weapon” series…and more.
Excerpt: If the silly, bombastic film adaptation of the 1980s Hasbro toy property, 2009’s “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra,” proved to be forgettably junky hardware, there’s a good chance the next installment probably wasn’t going to turn things around.
Excerpt: For the moronic muscleheads in ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’, a dishonorable discharge cannot be far behind should another sequel be conceived on a frivolous whim celebrating a nostalgic toy soldier in the name of movie-making manhood.
Excerpt: G.I. Joe: Retaliation is big, dumb, and loud, but you wouldn’t want it any other way. For a film based on a line of action figures, this is likely as good as it gets; with a stronger lead storyline and some more consistency with the action scenes (the finale, in particular, is a letdown), it might have even been legitimately good.