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G.I Joe: Retaliation

G.I Joe: Retaliation (2013)

Directed by John M. Chu

Starring Channing Tatum, Dwayne Johnson, Adrianne Palicki and Bruce Willis



The president of the United States is not who he says he is and has tried to eliminate all Joes from action so that COBRA can take over the world. Unfortunately for them a few Joes made it out alive and are coming to return the world back to its rightful leaders.


This is a direct sequel to Rise of the Cobra although many of the actors or characters from the first film have not returned. This has not dampened the film though as they have replaced them with a couple of big names, notably Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis.

The film is exactly what you would expect with some big action scenes and lots of bullets being fired. Johnson always adds that bit of humour to film not to mention his cool, yet cheesy, presence on screen and this is no difference. Willis has little screen time but the scenes he does appear in gives us some classic Willis one liners and wit.



This was an enjoyable film that just flew passed when watching. I wouldn’t say it was anything special and you don’t need to see it in the cinema but when it is released to rent/buy I recommend a watch. (This really only applies to men, women probably won’t enjoy)


TheFriedGold rating 5/10The Rock lays the smackdown on COBRA


Film Fact

The film was originally supposed to be release in the summer of 2012 but was put back to add 3D effects. This however turned out to be only part of the truth; some reshoots were done to have Channing Tatum in more scenes as the studio felt it would draw in a larger audience since he became a big hit in the film world.


21 Jump Street

21 Jump Street (2012)

Directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller

Starring Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill and Ice Cube



A couple of underachieving cops are sent undercover at a high school to find out about and stop a new drug craze that has already killed one student.

This is one of those films that use to be a TV show, that starred Johnny Depp, and has been converted into a film for the present day audience like The A-Team and Starsky and Hutch. The film shows how culture has changed over the generations and not only is there even more diversity in high school, thanks Glee, but also how the geeks are now cool within social groups and the jocks are finding it harder to be liked.

Channing Tatum is one of those actors that I have never really enjoyed watching and think he looks a little bit funny. However having him with Jonah Hill actually makes him bearable to watch and even like. The film has some pretty funny moments and keeps you entertained throughout especially with the car chases and explosions. The film itself isn’t supposed to be taken too seriously as at times they play on the fact that it used to be a TV show and that’s what makes the film good fun to watch. The scenes where it explains what the drugs do to you are brilliant and add this extra dimension to a straight forward film.



Jonah Hill is one of those actors that add humour and fun to any film, see Moneyball. His partnership with Tatum comes off really natural and the action scenes and humour are there throughout the film.  The fact that the film takes the piss out of itself makes this very enjoyable and I would recommend this film to anyone who wants to sit down and watch a good comedy.

TheFriedGold rating – 7/10 – Time to revisit high school



Film Fact

In one scene the bad guys are actually watching the TV series 21 Jump Street on TV.