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Old August 1 2013, 02:49 AM   #1
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I rented "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" last night

I'm a fan of the franchise. I watched the cartoon every day after school as a kid, and had every issue of the Marvel comic book. I was looking forward to seeing this movie but I never got a chance to in the theater. I finally rented it on Blu-Ray last night


This movie was f*ckin' great. Now, it's not a film, nor does it aspire to be. It's based on a toy and has no fear that it's going to use names like "Storm Shadow," "Roadblock," "Cobra Commander" etc. without being ashamed of them. And I can list its flaws and that would take a huge amount of space, but it was never dull (unlike such "films" like Skyfall) and delivered what fans wanted to see, cheesy or not. I liked the first film well-enough, and appreciated that this was also a sequel as well as alternate take on how a Joe movie could be done.

A fun time, indeed.
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Old August 1 2013, 02:59 AM   #2
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Re: I rented "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" last night

Cool. I liked the original movie too and also couldn't get away to see Retaliation in theaters. Still, I knew it was going to join the original in my DVD collection.

I can still remember going into my local toy store--the defunct Children's Palace--in 1982 and seeing the original A Real American Hero figures hanging on the pegs. Nearly 30 years and multiple incarnations later, I'm still having fun with G.I. Joe.
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Old August 1 2013, 03:07 AM   #3
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Re: I rented "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" last night

I think you will like it. It has that spirit to it.The motivations are clearer in this film too. And: Cobra Commander looks pretty much like he's supposed to (black outfit with helmet instead of blue) and that makes it both bad-ass and cheesy. Allow yourself to enjoy it, and it will be bad-ass!

Look for the reference to Xomat and Tamot's Extensive Enterprises (the front company for Cobra)

I just had a great time. I embraced it. It was fun seeing the Cobra symbol all over the place (one of the coolest 80's symbols along with the Decepticon symbol).
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Old August 2 2013, 12:10 AM   #4
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Re: I rented "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" last night

I never got a chance to see this, but I liked the first one, so I've been looking forward to renting it. Glad to hear that other fans of the first movie are liking this one too.
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Old August 2 2013, 01:17 AM   #5
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Re: I rented "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" last night

This one at least tried to be a G.I. Joe movie, unlike the first, so I enjoyed it for that if nothing else.
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Old August 2 2013, 01:18 PM   #6
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I've never gotten over the transformation of GI Joe from a 12" articulated tribute to actual soldiers, to teensy weensie superheroes with funny names. Ain't nothing "GI" about them!
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Old August 12 2013, 11:51 AM   #7
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Re: I rented "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" last night

Surprisingly enjoyed this as well. Though Willis was really phoning it in.
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Old August 12 2013, 01:32 PM   #8
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Re: I rented "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" last night

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Surprisingly enjoyed this as well. Though Willis was really phoning it in.
When has he not been phoning it in in the last 15 years?
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Old August 12 2013, 01:38 PM   #9
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Re: I rented "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" last night

I liked this one much better than the first part. This time it actually felt more like the old comic books from the 80's. And ninja's are always a bonus.
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Old August 14 2013, 08:36 AM   #10
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Re: I rented "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" last night

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Surprisingly enjoyed this as well. Though Willis was really phoning it in.
When has he not been phoning it in in the last 15 years?
Well, this probably explains a lot

Bruce Willis 'bored' with making action movies
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Old August 14 2013, 10:41 AM   #11
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I was only with the death of Duke a little disapointed
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Old August 14 2013, 06:06 PM   #12
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I watched this movie yesterday. I liked the first GI Joe movie, and this one was just as good, if not a bit better. It had its problems



But I still think it was a solid, entertaining action movie. I do wish a few more of the actors/characters from the first movie returned. We don't even get a throwaway line about the whereabouts of Ripcord (Marlon wayans) or scarlet. You could even conclude based on events later in the movie that they're killed offscreen, although I'd think that would have been mentioned, and their names aren't said even once. We get Snake eyes back (Ray Park) but he's in full costume and doesn'ty talk, so I didn't know if it was the same guy until looking it up on wikipedia today. Still, the movie does have improvements over the first. Cobra Commander actually looks cool instead of really lame. The Rock (aka Roadblock) is honestly a more interesting main character than Duke. Of the three main joes, he's the best and Lady Jaye is decent, while Flint is pretty boring. The action in the movie is done well, and there are some really cool moments. Overall, this was an enjoyable action movie.
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Old August 14 2013, 08:00 PM   #13
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Re: I rented "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" last night

I like how the plot seems made up on the fly and very light emotionally. Like someone's making up vaguely exciting events while flinging his G.I. Joes against each other.

Deep, deep portrayal of the above.
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Old August 14 2013, 08:08 PM   #14
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I bought it on DVD sight unseen last week. I really liked the first movie a lot. This movie picked up where the other one left off and it felt so different from the first movie. Other than that I really loved it. It was a fun action adventure science fiction movie. Good movie to pop the popcorn and just have fun and go along for the ride. I really liked the mountain scenes with all the ninjas.
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Old August 14 2013, 08:16 PM   #15
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I wish artistic merit was estimated on uniqueness and execution of idea rather than reminiscence of established cliches.

Can't process anything beyond those though. Forgot for a moment.
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