G.I. Joe: Retaliation is a fulfilling romp — it delivers on the spectacle, it douses it in comedy, and adds a layer of biting satire to surprise those who come just to munch popcorn and watch things explode.
The keystone holding it together is the film’s lengthy fight scene: a silent, close-quarters battle that leads into a swinging sword battle with Snake Eyes and Jinx taking on an army of ninjas. Zip lining through snowy mountains and swooping back and forth between cliffs, the set piece is energetic and Chu’s momentum never tapers off.
We spoke to director Jon Chu (Step Up 3D) on the evolution of the sequence, from conception, to working with special effects artists and real life climbers to bring authenticity, and shooting the fight in such a way as to maximize the intensity of every punch, every kick, and every clash of the katana.
Check out our full interview in our G.I. Joe: Retaliation Action Sequence Breakdown gallery:
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