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Ex­cerpts of se­lect re­views of G.I. Joe: Re­tal­i­a­tion: At times, G.I. Joe: Re­tal­i­a­tion has a sense of its own ridicu­lous­ness — Pryce seems to be hav­ing a good time, any­way — but not enough to soften the mass death, hard­ware fetishism and mil­i­taris­tic zeal that gets in the way of its es­capist fun. Adap­ta­tions of chil­dren’s toy lines ap­par­ently need to be treated with the ut­most se­ri­ous­ness. That’s not to say that this G.I. Joe is good, aside from a cou­ple of daz­zling ac­tion set pieces, but at least it’s ef­fi­cient in its mus­cu­lar mind­less­ness. We are left with about a zil­lion in­di­vid­ual plot lines to fol­low as the movie bounces from one global hot spot to an­other. There are count­less characters — old and new — to keep up with. Grudges — also old and new — pile up by the truck­loads. Bul­lets rain down. High-tech gizmos abound. Free­dom and the fate of the en­tire world, of course, hang in the bal­ance. It’s mas­sive, all the re­tal­i­a­tion and the world-sav­ing stuff. And it’s con­vo­luted. Frankly no one should have to think that hard to keep up with the Joes. The first one was a G.I. joke, but the se­quel G.I. Joe: Re­tal­i­a­tion has enough hoo-ah to bring a sat­is­fy­ing blast of block­bustery sum­mer to dreary March.

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