G.I. Joe: Retaliation

Rated 2.0

The G.I. Joes are framed for treason and annihilated by order of the president (Jonathan Pryce)—but he's really a prisoner and is being impersonated by the shape-shifting villain Zartan (Arnold Vosloo). Also, a handful of Joes (Dwayne Johnson, D.J. Cotrona, Adrianne Palicki) survive to seek revenge. This barely connected sequel to the 2009 original has been on the shelf for eight months; did writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick and director Jon M. Chu spend the time making improvements? If so, it must have been pretty awful back then. Now, it's mildly entertaining junk, just like its predecessor. The CGI fight and combat scenes, as in the first movie, are still elaborately realistic—and still utterly unconvincing. Bruce Willis signs on to help Johnson show the whippersnappers how it's done.