Movie review: 'G.I. Joe' knows it's big and dumb

This sequel of sorts to the 2009 blockbuster “G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra” seems to have some cheeky fun with itself, from Bruce Willis cheerily revealing the arsenal he's hiding in his quiet suburban home to RZA from the Wu-Tang Clan essentially showing up and playing himself.
By CHRISTY LEMIRE Published: March 29, 2013

They also need some firepower, so they track down Willis' Original Joe, Gen. Colton, who provides his own personal gun show. (You'd never know there's a gun control debate in this country from watching this movie; it's all very macho and rah-rah. The flip side is, none of the casualties from all this sophisticated weaponry results in any blood. This is an astonishingly violent PG-13 movie.)

“Retaliation” initially was scheduled to come out last summer, but the studio pulled it and delayed its release to convert the movie to 3-D.

With a director like Jon M. Chu, who's shown a flair for integrating 3-D with the dance extravaganza “Step Up 3-D” and the concert film “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never,” why not just shoot it that way in the first place?

As it stands now, the extra dimension doesn't add much, and often is used in that simplistic, tried-and-true way of flinging things at us from the screen: bullets, throwing stars, etc.

There is one absolutely astounding extended sequence about halfway through, in which two teams of ninjas face off in a battle on the sheer cliff faces of the Himalayas.

Using cables and zip lines, it's as if they're running, leaping and practically dancing on walls in the sky — a breathtaking piece of choreography in its own right, regardless of the dimension through which it's viewed.

— Christy Lemire,Associated Press

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