By Terri Lee Sylvester

HOLLYWOOD (WWJ) – Before even going to see G.I. JOE: RETALIATION, I had a feeling that I was going to like it. How could I not, with a stellar cast and Hollywood heartthrobs Channing Tatum and Dwayne Johnson both co-starring in this follow-up to the 2009 blockbuster, G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA.

And, not surprisingly, the action kicked in right from the start. After that, it was nothing but uphill from there — not just for me, but for the entire audience; when the credits started to roll, one man could be heard saying loudly: “Rewind it!”. That was his way of letting everyone else know that he wanted to watch the movie again – right then and there.

G.I. JOE: RETALIATION is nothing short of magnificent from start to finish. Shot in 3D, the film puts the audience right in the midst of the action. When the bullets come flying, it appears as if they’re coming right at you. I found myself blinking more than once, and I’m sure I wasn’t alone!

G.I. JOE: RETALIATION finds the “Joes” fighting for their very existence against their mortal enemy, Cobra. They end up on the “endangered species” list soon after completing a difficult, yet successful mission. And in addition to fighting for their own lives, they find themselves fighting for the presidency of the United States.

There’s so much to like about G.I. JOE: RETALIATION that it’s impossible to mention them all. However, since I have a journalism background, I have to say that I was particularly impressed by the storyline. With some movies, it’s hard not to see what’s coming up next. Not so with this film. There’s also the spectacular stunts and special effects. And non-stop action. And a thrilling conclusion. And did I mention Channing Tatum and Dwayne Johnson?

G.I. JOE: RETALIATION also stars DJ Cotrona (Flint); Byung-hun Lee (Storm Shadow); Adrianne Palicki (Lady Jaye); Ray Park (Snake Eyes); Jonathan Pryce (President); RZA (Blind Master); Ray Stevenson (Firefly); Elodie Yung (Jinx); and Bruce Willis (General Joe Colton, the original G.I. Joe). Channing Tatum stars as Duke and Dwayne Johnson is Roadblock.

G.I. JOE: RETALIATION is directed by up-and-coming director Jon Chu. He graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts in 2004, so you can see how far he’s come in less than 10 years in the business. And judging by the looks of things, he’s going to be pretty busy for years to come.

Visit the official website here.

See you at the movies!

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