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G.I. Joe Retaliation Movie Review and Philippine Premiere Coverage

Forget about great acting, logical plots,  or anything Academy award winning, but if you are into action, adventure, soldiers, warfare, sci-fi and want to be entertained, then G. I. Joe Retaliation is a movie that’s worth your dinero to get entertained for 110 minutes!

I had a chance to the to see the Philippine Premiere screening of the movie last March 25, 2013 at the IMAX Theather at SM City North EDSA. The movie was shown in 3D in addition to the IMAX experience!

The Movie

A follow-up to the G.I. JOE: RISE OF THE COBRA, Paramount Pictures, MGM and Skydance Productions, in association with HASBRO and di Bonaventura Pictures, produced G.I. JOE: RETALIATION. In this sequel, the G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra but they are also forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence.

Starring D.J. Cotrona, Byung-hun Lee, Ray Park, Adrianne Palicki, Jonathan Pryce, RZA, Ray Stevenson, Channing Tatum with Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson.

Directed by Jon M. Chu.

IMDB Page: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1583421/?ref_=sr_1 

Movie Trailer

My Movie Review

The movie has great action scenes and great CGI special effects. It was entertaining from start to end. The most notable actions scenes I liked were:

  • the monastery/mountain scene
  • the “jail” scene
  • the climax scene.

I’m was not too “privileged” to be a G.I. Joe action figures franchise fan but watching the movie gave me a bit of the characters essence.  Not really sure how faithful the characters were portrayed but of course that’s another topic of discussion.

Channing Tatum as Duke and Dwayne Johnson as Roadblock

One of the characters that I liked in the movie was of Storm Shadow played by Korean superstar Byung-hun Lee.  Compared to the characters participation on the last installment of the G.I. Joe franchise, Rise of the Cobra, this time the character has been seen up close.

Byung-hun Lee as Storm Shadow

Initially slated for release last June 2012, the movie release was delayed for almost 9 months for 3D conversion.  Having the 3D as an after-taught, reflected in the quality of the 3D compared to other 3D movies I have seen recently. It’s not bad but you can easily enjoy it it 2D and won’t really miss anything.

My Rating

I rate this movie 4/5 for it’s entertainment value, nothing else. Don’t look for Oscar nominations for this movie in the future. But it you want to be entertained, it worth the money for it’s action packed scenes.

Coverage of the Premiere


TS 118 and G.I. Joe Cosplayers at the premiere with Movie blogger Joriben Zaballa (3rd from right)
G.I. Joe Cosplayers at the premiere with the salute pose

Fan Reaction from the G.I. Joe Cosplayers

Yours truly, Ted Claudio photo ops with Snake Eyes

The movie rated PG-13 will be showing across the Philippines from Saturday March 30, 2013. “G.I. Joe 2 : Retaliation” is released and distributed by United International Pictures through Solar Entertainment Corp.

See you at the movies!

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Credits: Movie poster and photos from press releases of Solar Entertainment Corp.

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