Director: Jon M Chu
The Indian Express rating: *
Roadblock, Duke, Jaye, Flint, Storm Shadow, Flint, Jinx, Snake Eyes, Cobra Commander, Zartan, Destro. You can only be grateful the US President is called just that, the President.
It is hard to keep track of the above randomly named men, in masks and faces that could well be one, battling each other to save the world against backdrops chosen to impress; but then yours is not to question why. Even as to what geopolitical logic propels them across the globe in different directions all leading up to the White House: from the DMZ on the Korea border, to a nuclear facility in Pakistan, to Indus Valley desert, to an east German mining shaft, to Tokyo, to somewhere in the Himalayas, to a satellite out there. That they cover all this distance without any lapse of time is another matter altogether.
The backdrop to this story that pits Americas best against the assortment of Cobra, Zartan and Destro (the main three, be assured) is that the US president has been kidnapped, locked away and secretly replaced by a man who is a master of disguises. The Secret Service has been similarly compromised, with fulminating US top officials seen just once at a meeting apparently none the wiser.
There is a plan involving nuclear warheads out there, but lest you think all plans involving nuclear warheads end just one way, you havent heard of plutonium rods.
What are the G.I. Joes doing in all this Well the imposter US President has them attacked and decimated in the aforementioned Indus Valley desert so as to ensure no one stands between him and his plans. But, of course, three survive, among them Dwayne The Rock Johnson. The other big ticket marquee name, Channing Tatum (Willis is trademark Willis in a 10-minute appearance), apparently dies but the film very carefully leaves that ambiguous.
Its a big desert. A sequel or two, anything can happen out there. After G.I. Joe: Retaliation, anything.