New in Theaters: 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation,' 'The Host'

The Host

This week is looking supremely unpromising for those in search of a decent movie—this week’s new releases have received abysmal ratings from many critics.
Yesterday introduced us to the years-overdue sequel to the first G.I. Joe film: G.I. Joe: Retaliation. This film picks up right where the last left off, with the Joes facing not only the ever-persistent Cobra, but infiltrators in the US government as well.

As promising as this sounds, critics were unimpressed—Rotten Tomatoes currently rates the film at an unfortunate 30%. While some argue it’s better than the original, at least (although those same critics would probably argue that that isn’t too difficult), most agree that it is trite and forgettable to an extent that not even the combined acting talent of Channing Tatum, Dwayne Johnson, and Bruce Willis can save it. Nonetheless, HSX still predicts an opening weekend windfall of between $44 million and $45 million.

Coming out today is the long-awaited film adaptation of Stephanie Meyer’s other hit series (well, supposedly it’s a series—without any sequels released over the past several years, the “series” part is theoretical at best): The Host. This supernatural romance deals with an invasion of mind-possessing parasitic aliens, the few humans left who can resist them, and how one woman’s devotion to the man she loves allows her to break free from possession.

With a sure-fire recipe for a masterpiece like that, it’s truly surprising that the film received a lowly 8% on the Tomatometer. The script is ultimately poor and flat, which cripples any competent performance on the part of the actors, and leaves the film beyond help. Its weekend gross is estimated at $14.5-$17 million.

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