GI Joe: Retaliation review (Blu-ray)

This second go-round stars Johnson as one of the few GI Joes left who is out for revenge on the enemy Cobras that have murdered his team.

He's aided and abetted by Palicki and Cotrona as they track down the imposter President (Pryce) responsible for instigating their troubles. The rather silly plot also involves the return of Storm Shadow (Lee), nuclear warheads, Willis as a gung-ho addition to the outfit and numerous kinetic action sequences. Tatum, who got star billing on the posters, only appears on screen for about 10 minutes.

GI Joe: Retaliation is not the total abomination many critics have made it out to be; in fact, it's a harmless pice of fun. What else do you expect from a live-action carton that's based on an action figure and a comic book? The Rock is terrific and seems to be enjoying himself immensely; ditto Pryce. (Although for about the eighth film in a row, Willis looks like he would rather be anywhere else than on a film set).

And there are some decent action set-pieces, none better than a fantastic sequence that takes place high in the Himalayas. But the for the most part, the film is incomprehensible-but-entertaining tosh. Your kids are gonna love it.

EXTRAS ★★★ The six-part making-of featurette GI Joe: Declassified (56:24); and three deleted scenes (3:59).• Ninja training is not for the weak (like me)

Stuart O'Connor is the Managing Editor of Screenjabber, the movie review website he co-founded with Neil Davey far too many years ago. He likes all genres, as long as the film is good (although he does enjoy the occasional bad "guilty pleasure"), and drinks way too much coffee.

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