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By Sophia Whitfield

A follow up to the blockbuster G.I.Joe: Rise of the Cobra, the sequel made in conjunction with Hasbro has all the relentless action you might expect from an action adventure.

The G.I. Joes have to contend with their nemesis Cobra as well as the government, led by a wayward president bent on the destruction of everything they hold dear.

Fans will be disappointed that Channing Tatum makes only a brief appearance handing over the leadership of the Joes to an ingeniously named Roadblock, played by Dwayne Johnstone, who leads his depleted team in a bid to conquer the enemy. With names such as Snake Eyes, Roadblock, Storm Shadow, Cobra and Flint, based on characters from the G.I. Joe comic empire and Hasbro toys, you can be sure this is a film for the boys.

And the story? This isn’t really a movie about a story, just a lot of ammunition, tanks and action shots. The director Jon M. Chu focuses on keeping the audience’s attention with barely five minutes passing without an action sequence. Its release was delayed by almost a year to put the finishing touches on the 3D effects; these added effects enhance the film with a couple of gripping scenes, including one involving a clash of ninjas on a sheer cliff face.

Having secured a certain following with the first film, which took $300 million at the box office, G.I. Joe: Retaliation is sure to be a hit with its staple target audience. For those that enjoy martial arts and combat violence, then this is perhaps the film for you.

 

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