Having endured his legendary twelve labors, Hercules, the Greek demigod, has his life as a sword-for-hire tested when the King of Thrace and his daughter seek his aid in defeating a tyrannical warlord.
The Joes re-team to prevent Cobra from achieving total world domination in this sequel that picks up shortly after the events of G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. The Nanomite threat has been neutralized, and the U.S. government has imprisoned Cobra Commander and Destro in an inescapable subterranean prison. When the leader of Pakistan is assassinated, the U.S. president (Jonathan Pryce) calls on the Joes to secure Pakistan's nuclear warheads before they fall into enemy hands. In the wake of successfully completing their mission, however, the Joes are decimated in a devastating surprise attack. When the smoke clears, Roadblock (Dwayne Johnson), Lady Jaye (Adrianne Palicki), and Flint (D.J. Cotrona) are the sole survivors. They're convinced that something is amiss in the White House, and as Lady Jaye theorizes that an impostor is pretending to be the commander in chief, bad guys Storm Shadow (Lee Byung-Hun) and Firefly (Ray Stevenson) team up to break Cobra Commander (Luke Bracey) out of ...
In the G.I. Joe (1985) cartoon, Flint and Lady Jaye had a bit of a romantic relationship with each other. In the comic book series, they are an actual couple. This relationship is foreshadowed following Lady Jaye's visit to the Presidential party. See more »
Zartan, posing as The President, tortures the real President for information regarding where Cobra Commander has been imprisoned. But, surely the leader of the free world (and America's highest ranking official), would (in this case, Zartan disguised as the P.O.T.U.S.) be privy - and have any-time access - to this information. See more »
Hustle up guys. You've got to get that defector and get the hell out of there. No delays.
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Part of the closing credits are a montage of scenes from the film. See more »
The extended cut has the following additional material and changes:
Extended prologue: Mouse and Flint have a contest where whoever can get a hand grenade out from the water barrel with his mouth is the winner. Mouse eventually wins and Flint makes fun of him. Roadblock is annoyed by that and punishes Flint by pushing his head into the barrel again. Duke shows up and makes fun of Roadblock's lecture. While pushing Flint's head again into the barrel, he and Roadblock grin at each other.
The Blind Master / Jinx / Snake Eyes sequence introduced midway in the theatrical version is now moved to the beginning and its introduction is much more slower, clearer minus the narration. As Jinx prepares to fight Snake Eyes, she is told that to prove worthy of joining the Joes, Snake Eyes must not get a single hair of hers. The fight is longer but Snake eventually wins. She leaves frustrated. The Blind Master gives the indestructible sword to him, telling him to stop Cobra.
There are more killings shown by the Joes in the base raid and more explicit.
An additional line by Duke after he lost the shooting contest to Roadblock, looking at his rifle: "Yup, as long as I can bring this."
The president's son ambushes Zartan with a toy gun. He asks Havoc if he wasn't supposed to protect his father but Zartan instead tells him to clean the chocolate stash in his mother's bedroom. Zartan tells Havoc to "take out his fat ass next time". This scene is also a cross-promotion for Nerf, as the president's son is wielding a Nerf N-Strike Elite Retaliator.
Extra line by Zartan telling the real president that he's brought back some interns.
The night helicopter attack is slightly longer.
The assault on the underground prison by Storm Shadow and Firefly is slightly more graphic. Instead of the original cut, Snake Eyes is surprised by Jinx's appearance who wants to help him, saying she knows where Storm Shadow is likely to go to heal his wounds. He hands her the fighting sticks.
There's a longer joke of Roadblock and his street friend on his pants.
Storm Shadow's healing is now shown as one whole sequence.
Instead of agreeing in the original version, Jaye and Flint are against Roadblock's idea of waiting and killing Zartan in the alley. They want him alive to be brought to Colton.
Additional graphic shots of Roadblock and Firefly's alley fight.
As Jaye stitches Roadblock's shoulder, Flint, frustrated comes in and blames Roadblock for not following his own lectures. Frustrated, Roadblock leaves the room to clean the weapons while he sits down. Jaye asks Flint to help her with the dress. There's also a longer reflection of Jaye on the TV screen. Roadblock then comes in again and tells them to help clean the weapons.
During the collage of the freedom summit, Cobra and his crew leave the boat to meet a small army while Zartan holds his speech.
In the catacomb assault, Zartan now grabs the case instead of Firefly, thus the order from Cobra has changed with a shot of Firefly with the case removed. Later when he gets the case back, Cobra asks him of the status of the satellites.
Jinx leads the other presidents through the catacombs while killing a few more Cobra soldiers. She gets pressured into a corner before Snake Eyes comes in for the assist. Meanwhile, Storm Shadow follows Zartan who hides with a soldier. As he enters the room, he hears Zartan's voice saying he never expected him to become a G.I Joe.
Storm Shadow's fight with the red ninja is longer. Zartan tries to shoot him a few times but misses. Noticing that both fighters buried under the boxes, Zartan tries to shoot him at gunpoint, but instead gets himself at the Shadow's sword point. Then, an explosive firefly lands on the blade and explodes, before Firefly enters the room and retrieves the case.
More killing of Zartan's guards while rescuing the real President by Colton and Jaye.
There are extra shots of Roadblock's wielding of the assault gun and the final fight with Firefly.
Lastly, Jinx wants to return the sword to Snake Eyes but is signaled to keep it, having proving her worth.
What happened to movie? G.I. Joe: Retaliation is ALL BRAWN, and NO BRAIN.
It's amazing how many good movies produced this year have been relegated to sub-par status, while others that shouldn't be given a glance are given zenith status as great pieces of work, art, and other such pop-cultural sub- standard excrescences achieve more than their worth in fool's gold. One such picture - I'm sorry - movie, that audiences will endure a release of, either glorifyingly, or harshly, is G.I. Joe: Retaliation, the new brawn packed action farce from Paramount Pictures.
Starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, and with appearances by Bruce Willis and Channing Tatum, the film offers no social commentary, consists of nothing remotely engaging (I tended to doze off on even the action scenes), and pities itself with egregious CGI 3-D effects that disappear mid-air depending on where one sits in the audience. There is no basis for being an audience member, because the effects are so jarring, that the viewer will not be able to involve itself to anything worth sitting for an hour and forty minutes for (which trust me, there wouldn't be anyway.) But that's not the half of the film's problems.
The real problem stems from lack of plot. More like no plot. The film is supposed to be a sequel, or rather, a continuation of the original G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra, but even by todays standards, the filmmakers weren't trying to mark any new ground. All we get is one action sequence after another. Even James Cameron knows you need a through-line of plot device to make these kinds of movies work, but director Jon M. Chu doesn't have enough respect for the audience to even give them that. Instead, we are mindlessly treated to fast shots of punches being thrown, with no idea who is throwing them, why, or if we should care.
Seriously. We only know one thing. The good guys will always win. Never a good sign when you go to the movies to know how they end, with no conscious minding of what it will take to get there. Don't waste your money, my friends. Still, more muscular contractions ache this bastard of a performer.
Those involved knew this was just a paycheck - examine the evidence; Dennis Quaid did not return, and subsequently they need Bruce Willis to carry the big name legacy. Channing Tatum has his screen time terminally reduced, not a great sign because most audiences will probably be wanting to see the film solely for his performance. The writer was clearly hired to write a how-to on perfecting scripts for CGI based stories. This wouldn't be such an insult to film purists and enthusiasts alike if it wasn't such a dreary waste of time and money. There is nothing there in terms of story or structure. The movie starts, and it's action scenes strung together with no link. Then you leave. I would disclose such a plot to entice what viewers may challenge the notion of wasting their money if such a plot existed! It's a disgusting practice of show-off acrobatics by computer geniuses that would be better suited decrypting or ciphering codes left behind from the Zodiac Killer or the Unabomber! This is not why we go to the movies. We go to be entertained, and I predict that many an audience member be robbed of their hard earned cash in this recession, and by such standards and caused an equal recession in film quality! Honestly, there has to be a better place for films in today being tomorrow's history, than this!
An early release for such a seemingly summer blockbuster - it's obvious Paramount wants to get this one out of the way, so they don't have to worry about a summer release tanking to the bottom of the swimming pool (a place where the pre-teens normally disposed to this mendicant tar would be better off spending the day.) It's futile to promote a product without any real integrity, or so I thought. Amazing what a little muscle can do. It's already seen some couple million smackers (across the face!) for it's previews and advance releases, but when it all comes down, G.I. Joe: Retaliation is one hunk of movie that holds a strong PR campaign in it's biceps, but can't think for itself, and never latches on to the timeless fact that the real strength of a movie lies in it's story and it's characters, both factors of the machine that are simultaneously weak.
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