"No less a critic than C. S. Lewis has described the ravenous addiction that these magazines inspired; the same phenomenon has led me to call science fiction the only genuine consciousness-expanding drug." Arthur C. Clarke

Top 10 Sci-Fi Films of 2012 #7: GI JOE: RETALIATION

One of the most feast or famine films of the summer is G.I. Joe: Retaliation The first G.I. Joe film, The Rise of Cobra,  was  far too childish and action-figure-like, with very little real plot or character development past what a fourth-grader could have written.  That being said, the special effects were great and the brand/franchise is a popular one, so there is no reason why another film could not be very successful.

The new film stars Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis, and returnees Channing Tatum, Ray Park, and Arnold Vosloo, and is directed by John M. Chu (of Step Up 2 fame).

After the events of the first film, in which Zartan, under the influence of Cobra Commander, is undercover as the President of the United States, the G.I. Joes are soon framed as traitors.  They are soon exterminated, leaving only a few left to defeat Cobra.  These are led by Roadblock (Johnson), who recruits the original Joe, General Joseph Colton (Willis).

Before seeing the first full-length trailer, I do not think I would have bothered going to see this film in theaters.  However, after seeing Bruce Willis in all his action-movie glory, I think I will.

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