2013 Running time: 110 Certificate: 12 Rating: 3

Synopsis

The Joes are reduced to just a trio - Roadblock (Dwayne Johnson), Flint (DJ Cotrona) and Lady Jaye (Adrianne Palicki) - when they're framed for the theft of a Pakistani nuclear warhead and almost blown to bits in the desert. Going rogue, the threesome head back to America and discover that the US President (Jonathan Pryce) is an imposter in league with their nemesis, Cobra. State-of-the-art action sequences and a breezy style add to the enjoyment of a franchise that never takes itself too seriously.

Director

  • Jon M Chu

Cast

  • Channing Tatum

  • Bruce Willis

  • Adrianne Palicki

  • Dwayne Johnson

  • Ray Stevenson

  • RZA

Review

The Toys-R-Us grunts are back for more breakneck action and macho quips in a sequel that pretty much does what it says on the Hasbro tin.

This time round, seasoned hardnuts Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis have been recruited for an adventure which sees most of the Joes - including Channing Tatum - wiped out after an ambush in the desert.

And then there were three - leaving Roadblock (Johnson), Flint (DJ Cotrona) and Lady Jaye (Adrianne Palicki) to get to the bottom of the lethal double-cross that left them without their comrades in arms.

It turns out that the American president (Pryce) has been replaced with a hi-tech doppelganger and is in league with über-rotter Cobra Commander (Luke Bracey), who has just been sprung for a subterranean cell in Germany by his henchman Firefly (Ray Stevenson).

Elswhere, fellow Joe Snake Eyes (Park) - the one that looks like The Stig from Top Gear - is in the Himalayas on the trail of Storm Shadow (Lee Byung-hun), who escaped in the same jailbreak as Cobra. Keep up.

It turns out that Cobra has dastardly plans to use his surrogate president to disarm the free world and then bend it to his will with an array of killer satellites, wiping out London first - in an impressive CGI bloodbath - to show he means business.

As an action franchise derived from a toy, this wisely avoids any temptation to operate as anything more than a series of slick gung-ho sequences. A mountain ninja chase is impressive even if it does go on a bit and the scene where the Joes get theirs is stunningly choreographed.

Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick toss in a couple adult-orientated gags but the laughs come from the likes of Willis sending himself up as a retired Joe whose suburban house doubles as the biggest arsenal outside West Point.

It's big and noisy...but it's also fun.

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