I can understand why many of you out there loathed the first G.I Joe: Rise of the Cobra but luckily for you, you can go into this one pretending it never even happened. Channing Tatum returns as Duke and although it does carryover a few basic elements from the previous film, director John M. Chu’s vision feels like a breath of fresh air with the result being hugely entertaining.
The film has two main plots which eventually merge for one final action sequence. The first involves Zartan posing as the U.S. President as he attempts to eliminate all of the Joes and make the world bow before Cobra Commander. Roadblock (Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson) and a couple others survive the attack and attempt to figure out what’s really going on. Meanwhile, the second plot is loosely based on the classic and popular ‘Silent Interlude‘ tale which involves lots and lots of ninja awesomeness.
One of the many complaints people had with Rise of the Cobra was Tatum’s robot acting, but he has great chemistry with Dwayne in this film and the two have some legitimately hysterical interactions. The “Rock” manages to bring the perfect mesh of charisma and badassery to Roadblock. Additionally, all of the supporting cast (Bruce Willis, D.J. Cotrona, Adrianne Palicki, Byung-hun Lee, Jonathan Pryce, Walton Goggins) do an able job with their roles as well. The movie as a whole is packed with tons of solid comedy and while Retaliation is sure to keep you laughing, the real highlight is the incredible amount of over the top action. There’s just about everything a Joe fan could love here. The 3D tends to be hit or miss but if you have a few extra bucks to spare…why not? The main narrative is a complete mess at times and there are some cringe worthy lines here and there, but overall G.I. Joe: Retaliation is a ridiculously entertaining ride.
G.I. Joe Retaliation opens tonight! Thursday 3.28.2013. So grab a few friends and make this a movie night!
It’s Friday and everyone’s looking for something to get into. Why not catch the Flick “Snitch” which premieres today in theatres nationwide. This is a B-movie thriller starring Duane Johnson (you know WWE’s “The Rock”) built around a real incident that’s meant to show us the lunacy of our government’s drug policy. Unlike a lot of gritty action movies, it’s got a brain and some real feelings behind it.
The movie stars Johnson as John Matthews, a regular guy who owns his own construction company. He’s living the American dream…you know…the wife…the kids…the solid career. His life gets interrupted when he gets a call from his ex-wife that their son Jason (Rafi Gavron) has been arrested by the Feds for accepting a delivery from one of his buddies that contained ecstasy. Because of the U.S.’s mandatory-minimum laws, Jason will automatically receive a 10-year jail sentence, even though the kid isn’t involved with drugs or dealing. Hoping to get leniency for his son, John(played by Johnson) visits a U.S. Attorney (Susan Sarandon), who will grant Jason a lighter sentence if John can help the government bust other drug dealers.
Although director and co-writer Ric Roman goes his own way with it, the movie underlines the madness of a policy that levies huge penalties against anyone involved in drugs (even if they’re only partially connected) in the hopes that they’ll be desperate enough to assist the feds in rounding up other dealers while still bringing about a compassionate and angry sense of how deeply unfair American society is…whether we’re talking its drug policy or class system.
Eventually, Snitch becomes the action flick you assumed it would be, full of car chases and shootouts. But even then, Waugh stays mindful of the human element, reminding us of all the real lives ruined either by drugs or by a U.S. policy that overreacts to the problem.
Will you be grabbing your tickets and popcorn? Sound off.