Bringing new meaning to the word ‘dumb’, G.I. Joe: Retaliation is as much of a disappointment as its predecessor, though in a completely different way. Where Stephen Sommers’s CGI-orgy of futuristic action provided plenty of visual razzle-dazzle but little excitement, director Jon M. Chu’s sequel changes tack by ditching the gadgets and technology, replacing them with old school pyrotechnics and patriotic flag-waving. And while this approach does raise the pulse a little more, the laughably lazy plot and dialogue make it impossible to enjoy even on a superficial level of escapism. Maybe it will be a case of third time’s the charm.