G.I. Joe: Retaliation is an American science fiction-action film released in 2013 and directed by Jon Chu, based on the Hasbro toy, the comic and the animated series. It is a sequel to G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra. It was written by the Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. The film features an ensemble cast, with Channing Tatum, Arnold Vosloo, Ray Park, Jonathan Pryce, and Byung-hun Lee reprising their roles from the first film and adding Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis, D. J. Cotrona, and Adrianne Palicki.
The film introduces us to the villain Zartan taking the identity of the President of the United States and the G.I. Joe commanded by Duke Hauser (Channing Tatum), when the President of Pakistan was assassinated, the President of the USA / Zartan sends the GI Joes to recover a nuclear warhead to a missile launch silo; the team completes its mission without problems. The unit is later decimated in an air raid, after being framed for stealing a nuclear warhead, Duke is killed in the course of it. The only survivors are: Roadblock (Dwayne Johnson), Duke's sergeant major and best friend, Lady Jaye, and Flint. Meanwhile, Snake Eyes (Ray Park) is blamed for the death of the President of Pakistan.
After the attack, Roadblock, Lady Jaye and Flint emerge from a well where they had hidden and conclude that the only person who had ordered the attack was the president and they are preparing to return to the United States somehow. Zartan invites the leaders of the nuclear powers to a summit to discuss nuclear disarmament. Snake Eyes is arrested and taken to a maximum security prison, which is hundreds of meters deep underground. There, it is revealed that it is not actually Snake Eyes, but Storm Shadow, who is the true perpetrator of the assassination of the President of Pakistan. After being taken into custody, Storm Shadow fakes a heart attack, then wakes up and assassinates all personnel and frees Commander Cobra. Firefly arrives and detonates fireflies that explode and joins Storm Shadow and Cobra. However, the prison warden (Walton Goggins) blows up some cooling barrels, seriously injuring Storm Shadow. With this, Cobra orders to take Storm Shadow to a refuge in some mountains to heal himself.
The remaining Joes arrive in the United States and take refuge in an old gym. There, they see the possibility that the President is not himself; Roadblock suggests a possible ally, General Joseph "Joe" Colton (Bruce Willis), who provides them with weapons, and helps them infiltrate a fundraising event the President is attending. At the same time, at a secret facility to monitor the progress of the ZEUS Tank HISS (High Speed Sentry) project and construction, Zartan informs Cobra and Firefly of the remaining three Joes. In Tokyo, Storm Shadow's cousin, Jinx, is ordered by the master Blind Master to capture Storm Shadow to make him answer for the death of her master, she being accompanied by the real Snake Eyes. At the fundraiser, Jaye poses as a journalist and takes a sample of the president's hair. Zandar, a Cobra Secret Service agent, realizes that Jaye is a Joe so he alerts the president. Upon obtaining the DNA sample, it is revealed that the president is Zartan. Roadblock tries to shoot the Zartan but ends up facing Firefly, who seems to outmaneuver him but ends up escaping when Flint and Jaye intervene.
Dwayne Johnson - Roadblock
Channing Tatum - Duke
D. J. Cotrona - Flint
Byung-hun Lee - Storm Shadow (Thomas Arashikage)
Adrianne Palicki - Lady Jaye (Jaye Burnett)
Jonathan Pryce - President of the United States
Ray Park - Snake Eyes