Unfortunately the delay in release didn’t help much. Makes me wonder how much worse or better it would’ve been had they left it alone. This film in no way, shape, or form resembles the first “G.I. Joe” film. This is a Hasbro product. Hasbro is a toy company. What the first film had was set piece after set piece of nifty gadgets – toys – that induced a lot of action. This film makes the mistake that the first “Mission: Impossible” film did. It killed off the supporting crew, which killed the fun. The plot concerns the Cobra’s plan for world domination and the Joes’ efforts to stop him. Although this is a serviceable premise for an action movie, this effort is second rate. A lot of people have a hate on for the first movie. But at least that film had continuity of plot and that alone makes that one a superior example of filmmaking for me.
Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Roadblock’ does not have any heightened skills in martial arts or anything, he’s just a big tough guy. Then there are the pretty sidekicks, who show no flair in fighting skills. The first film had this superhero version of reality where slick gadgets and physically impossible stunts sequences dazzled the screen. I eventually became bored with G.I. Joe 2. On the prior, not so much as the storyline drags unnecessarily around the US President. Palicki brings in the much needed eye-candy for the hardcore action fans though only in glimpses while Channing, being the chick-magnet gets one big anxious sigh from the ladies in the first half of the movie. To be fair to the Jon M. Chu directed unnecessary sequel to the horridly derivative G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra it isn’t nearly as skin crawlingly awful as the first installment. However, this generous acknowledgment is similar to saying that a stroke would be preferable to cancer despite the fact that they are just different degrees of awfulness.
This film had a decent amount of suspense and a ton of action, basically what you would guess of a movie in this genre. The movie does take itself too serious at times, but most times you’re getting lots of action, cheesy dialogue, and a weak plot. No matter how glossy or loud the special effects, a movie still has to have a substantive story, especially if it is intended for an adult audience. Aside from 110 easy on the brain minutes, there was no real substance about this. Basic dialogue, feel good moments, with the hero overcoming the impossible. Bruce Willis was his usual cool but continues the modern trend of the over 50’s men who have been nothing but action heroes so they stick to that.
Cobra Commander looked better in this outfit that the previous one but there was really nothing from him but in my opinion, the best villain and character of the entire movie has got to go to Firefly. His character was so wicked cool and I really loved how those nano flys were used as his explosion device. Though a villain, he stood out the most in the film for me I can’t say much for the rest of the cast like Storm Shadow and Jinx since there wasn’t really anything much from them. Also I find it kind of hard to believe that this is a G.I Joe movie since apart from Snake Eyes, there wasn’t really anything that made me feel that these guys were the G.I Joes since it felt like there were very little connection between this team to the previous G.I. Joe team in the first movie. Overall a bit of a letdown compared to the first movie and it didn’t seemed like it was a sequel to the first G.I. Joe movie and it wasn’t really worth watching it in 3D either.