G.I. Joe has never been known to deliver smart cinematic experiences. It has, however, generally delivered fun ones. Now comes G.I. Joe: Retaliation, which is neither smart nor fun. It falls into the trap that of thinking that action and espionage is inherently interesting, regardless of how it is delivered. So, it throws guns, ninjas, and explosions into a frequently nonsensical story, displays everything haphazardly, and waits for its ingredients to somehow enthrall those who watch them.