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G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra 2009

An elite military unit comprised of special operatives known as G.I. Joe, operating out of The Pit, takes on an evil organization led by a notorious arms dealer...

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Last night I had the chance to go to a midnight screening of G.I. JOE: Rise of Cobra. I am a big G.I Joe fan since I was a child. I had all the toys, watched the show whenever it was on, and had all the comics. When I heard they were making a live action movie based on G.I. Joe I had my reserves.

First of it was going to be directed by Stephen Sommers. Not one of my favorite directors in the world, but the guy does know action. I haven't really enjoyed his last flavor of movies, those being "The Mummy", "The Mummy Returns" and "Van Helsing". But I thought I would give him the benefit of the doubt, especially with the source material that we were dealing with. Rise of Cobra was written by Stuart Beattie, who helped penn 'Australia" and "30 Days of Nights. He was joined by David Elliot("Four Brother") and Paul Lovett("Four Brothers"). I thought they handled the story well. They hit the right notes when needed, especially in the comedy sections. I thought the light heartedness that was in the movie worked well and didn't seem forced or lame. The movie itself had a darker tone than I was expecting and worked very well in setting up the franchise that is expected to follow.

To those who don't know G.I Joe is the code name for a miliatry group that "doesn't exist". They come out to resolve issues when everything else fails. They are lead by General Hawk(Dennis Quaid). Quaid does a good job as Hawk, He doesn't get a a lot of screen time, but he also doesn't part take in the battles. He's the guy that give the Joes thier directives and makes sure the missions go without any hitches.

The setup for the movie is that of an origin story, hence subtitle Rise of Cobra. We get to see how Cobra was formed and how the evil military group rise to power. The movie starts back in the year 1641 and shows the head of the McCullen family taken prisoner by the French. His punishment for crimes against the State is not death, but he must wear an iron mask. This mask has first been heated over open flames before being seared to his face. The people that get this punishment become known as Destros. We then move ahead to the not so distance furture. We have McCullen(Christopher Eccleston), who is a descendant of the man we saw in the opening. He has his company MARS and is in talks with NATO to get funding for nanobyte weapons. These weapons can have many nanbytes, tiny robotic organisms that can eat through anything. McCullen explains that there is a kill switch to stop the nanobytes once the target objective has been neutralized.

Enter in Duke(Channing Tatum) and Ripcord(Marlon Wayans). I have to say I rather liked Marlon Wayans as Ripcord. He has a good part of the comedy in the movie, but it actually works. Tatum does a good job bringing Duke to the big screen. Duke and Ripcord are given orders to protect the case of warheads that have the nanobyte technology. Needless to say they are stopped by a rogue military group lead by The Baroness(Sienna Miller). A huge battle takes place. Duke and Ripcord are rescued by the Joes Heavy Duty(Adewale Akinnyoye-Argaje), Scarlett(Rachel Nichols), Breaker(Said Taghmaoui) and Snake Eyes(Ray Park)

Duke and Ripcord are given provisional status with the Joes to help them catch The Baroness. We find out through backstories that Duke and The Baroness whose name is Ana had a life together. This is one thing that I liked about the movie is that we see back stories for the characters and it helps not only time them into the story but gives us a connection with them.

The movie flies along at a hectic pace. Sommers has given us tonnes of action and explosions and really cool high tech weaponry. The inner geek in us I think will smile when we see the battle betweek Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow. I was very happy to see the back story of how Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes became mortal enemies. We even see the makings of Cobra Commander.

I was surprised to see a high body count in G.I. Joe . Death and destruction were aplenty in the many battle scenes that graced the screen. Like I said earlier, I found the movie to have a darker tone than I was expecting, but still maintaining the fun and feel of the series.

I don't really have any gripes about the movie. That being said, the movie isn't perfect or the be all end all to action movies. What G.I Joe does is give us a great fun and exciting summer blockbuster movie. It hit's all the notes, explosions, fights, action, thrills, you name it G.I Joe delivers it. I guess my only down turn of the movie is that it ends. I was wanting the next adventure to start. When it's all over it gets you thinking of what is in store next for the Joes and where Cobra is going to go from here.

The movie exceed my expectations and I truly enjoyed this movie more than Michael Bay's Transformers 2: Rise of the Fallen. I really felt Sommers did the G.I. Joe universe justice with Rise of Cobra. Now if he can only keep it up for the sequel.
I was extreemly impressed !!!
I'm not afraid to say, I loved this movie. Longtime fans of the cartoon will agree it was a walk down Childhood Lane. People who are not familiar with G.I.Joe and love lots of action will see that all the negative reviews are most likley from critics who relish big budget Hollywood films. Do us all a favor, stop giving good movies bad reviews. Don't go see a movie you know you will hate. Rise of Cobra is a perfect movie for it's genre. Folks, this is a great action film that I will go see again.
dumb but fun
Where you expecting Shakespear? Ye,s the movie is thin on plot and if Dennis Quaid over-acted just a little, you'd cheer for Cobra, but the fact is this movie has everything you hoped it would. Lots of explosions, cool weapons, nearly non-stop action, and a bad ass Snake eyes.

I think this series will be like X-men that we have the introductions out of the way and now the can start assembling a story line.
While the acting needed a lot of work,the action helped the movie flow and overcast the lacking performances.
The dialogue may have been a little thin, but the action does not disappoint! It is a fast paced thrill ride with lots of twist and turns in the plot, i can't wait for the sequel as long as this one does well!!
I must admit my initial concerns when I heard about some of the plots for the movie. You see, I'm one of the BIGGEST G.I. Joe fans you'll ever meet.

When I heard of Marlon Wayans being cast in the role of my beloved RipCord...well, lets just say I was none too pleased. My friends grew tired of my incessant complaining. Marlon has a tendency to make a spoof out of any character he portrays. And I was in no mood for him to do so with my beloved RipCord.

Imagine my surprise, I LOVED this movie. Being a movie fanatic with very discriminating taste, this is HUGE. If you liked Iron Man, this is Iron Man times five. The graphics, the action, the flow of the movie was simply siblime.

But...I'll be honest, not very many movies today based on Comics, manage to get each characters background right. Some anomalies for me, a fan of both Marvel G.I. Joe and Real American Hero: Duke and the Baroness were NOT an item!!! Nor was it part of who these characters were at their core. Scarlett and Snake Eyes were my favorite "coupling". There was huge significance there betwen the two and of course the movie paired her romantically with none other than RIPCORD! URG!

Another point that I could not overlook were the backgrounds of both Snakes and Storm Shadow. In the movie, they met as kids, in the comics the met in Vietnam along with a few other characters that eventually became either Joes or Cobras. These are things that will no doubt plague the average comic book Superhero fanatic.

And last but not least, the reason behind Snake Eyes silence. A HUGE point in his background was terribly flawed. Unlike the movie which stated he never spoke after the death of the Master, he was actually injured in a helicopter crash that left him disfigured and his vocal cords damaged. This was of great importance because it was done in his eforts to save Scarlett.

If you can get over these points in the movie, you'll love the film. It was new, it was different, and I remained entertained throughout the entire film.

One final point, Marlon Wayans DID annoy me in his take of RipCord throughout the film. RipCord was deadtome with him in the role.

Overall, G.I. Joe is the best film of the year for me.
The movie was a fantastic G.I. Joe movie. I loved the characters, How Destro is now Destro, and Cobra Commander is now who he is, awesome! And if you look at it from the original cartoon standpoint. It makes me think of my youth. Yes the story was predictable, but so was every cartoon episode. Is it cheesy, ummm yeah, so was the cartoon. Thats what makes it G.I. Joe. So if you go in thinking that it is a cartoon-based movie you will love it.

If you walk in thinking this is the next "Batman" you will be sorely disappointed!

I will see it again tomorrow!!! And look forward to the deleted scenes on DVD when it is released!
Movie is great because of so much action and laugh . Remember this actor (Duke) play only in step up from better movies ^^
GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra is a movie that remembers the very basics that so many big-budget action films have forgotten. The action scenes are creative and cleanly edited with a clear sense of time, space, and geography. While there is plenty of CGI vehicle destruction, there are also plenty of real stunts and real rough-and-tumble fight scenes. The heroes are engaging and distinguishable amidst the carnage, and the villains are appropriately colorful and entertaining. At its best, the film resembles what adventures you might create if you took your action figure playsets and gave them a $175 million budget to work with. And yes, I mean that as a compliment.

A token amount of plot - Following a prologue set in France in 1641 (no kidding...), the film opens in that oh-so-convenient 'not-so distant future'. Duke (Channing Tatum) and Ripcord (Marlon Wayans) are entrusted with delivering a new 'nanobot' weapon created by arms merchant McCullen (a terrifically scenery-chewing Christopher Eccleston). Little do they know that the Scottish Tony Stark is playing both sides, and they are soon ambushed by a terrorist organization bent on stealing the weapon for their own nefarious purposes. At the last minute, rescue comes in the form on an elite group of international fighting men and women. Known only as GI Joe, the group prevents the theft and whisks our heroes to safety. Duke and Ripcord use Duke's prior knowledge of The Baroness (Siena Miller) to gain admittance into this top-secret organization. Can the Joes stop this mysterious terrorist network from using the nanobot technology to settle a four-hundred year-old vendetta, or will McCullen and his venomous plans lead the world to destruction?

Look, none of this is intended to be high art, but the film mostly works in ways that Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen could only dream about. The difference is that this adaptation from a popular 80s toy line actually gives moviegoers what they came to see. Rather than pad a few action beats with overly contrived exposition, crude ethnic stereotypes, and vulgar sexual slapstick, director Stephen Summers stays strictly business for most of the film's brisk 118-minute running time. You want a film about bad ass GI Joes facing off against the organization that will eventually become Cobra? That's exactly what you get. You want memorable villains and square-jawed heroes? You've got at least half a dozen notable heroes and at least five representatives of evil (which is key to having an exciting action scene, so you always have someone familiar to cut to). You want high adventure and action scenes that give you stunts that you've never seen before? There's a 10-15 minute chase scene through Paris, the only one involving those infamous 'accelerator suits', that is absolutely breathtaking both in its logistics and its narrative logic. Yes the collateral damage in this scene is astonishing, but I never cared about innocent bystanders when I played with my action figures either. Frankly, the picture is every bit as violent, gruesome, and as corpse-ridden as the action dramas I mapped out when I was ten-years old, which makes me shocked that it got a PG-13.

Considering the source material, the plot makes a surprising amount of sense, give or take a few minor plot holes (it helps that the storyline is as simple as possible). While the film is mainly bereft of clever dialogue, it also wins points for not trying to be particularly witty or self-satisfyingly clever. These are adults who deal in the business of death, and they only crack wise when they need a distraction from the bullets or explosions. While the film doesn't particularly take itself seriously, it also refuses to wink a the audience. While no one in the cast will put this at the top of their highlight reel, only Sienna Miller and Channing Tatum offer what might be called mediocre performances. Most refreshing is the treatment of the female characters. While both Scarlett (Rachel Nichols) and the Baroness are acknowledged as very attractive women, they neither give or receive special treatment in the action scenes. Both inflict and take severe punishment and Summers never does the whole 'wow, it's girls kicking ass... how progressive!' bit that so many others stoop to.

There are four major action set-pieces, and each one both moves the plot along and gives each major character a specific purpose and role. Unlike other ensemble films where the big star got most if not all of the major action beats (think Mission: Impossible 3 or The Kingdom), every Joe and every 'not-yet-Cobra' villain gets various highlight moments. You get ninja duels (Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow go at it several times), crossbow shoot-outs, fights to the death above high precipices, vehicle chases, and everything else you want to see in a movie like this. Unfortunately, the kinetic blast that carries the film right up to the climax is undone by a screenwriting trap that cannot be plausibly be written out of. First of all, there is a lack of suspense in the climax, as we are given several heroes and villains who more or less cannot be killed for the sake of the eventual sequel. Furthermore, the token attempt at back story creates a quagmire that causes several increasingly stupid climactic revelations. This climaxes in the neutering of a major fan-favorite character that will likely infuriate hardcore fans.

But for at least that initial ninety-minutes or so, the movie is an effective action-adventure spectacle. This is absolutely a GI Joe movie in the sense that the kid in us only dreamed about seeing onscreen. It works despite its flaws and inherent silliness. It's fun, exciting, occasionally eye-popping, and completely entertaining. It has great actors (Christopher Eccleston, Jonathan Pryce, Dennis Quaid) hamming it up and inventive action scenes that are worth seeing on a big screen. How can you not love a movie that casts famous Brit Jonathan Pryce as the President of the United States and lets him keep his accent? But in a movie like this, getting the action adventure basics just right is half the battle right there. I think you can guess what the other 50% is.
Hey! It's Better then Transformers & Wolverine in my opinion...
firstly can i say why oh why did i waste 2 hours of my life on this? the effects on the film pisspoor its like they blew the budget on the actors wages ,the worst scottish accents in the world from eccleston and the guy in the begining everytime eccleston spoke it was cringeworthy,then the president of the usa is an english guy>>> wtf,please people see this film for the utter tripe that it is miscast they used commodore 64 computers to make the cgi its just shite,i would have rather plucked my toenails off than watch this if only i knew........
Good action movie. Not sure how closely it follows the GI Joe universe (if that even exists). It definitely hovers around the PG13 rating for violence and melting faces and such. I think I enjoyed it more then Transformers 2. Lots of fight scenes, chase scenes, flash backs, they tried to crowbar a love story in there too. Wayans provided some comic relief, but nothing over the top. If you're looking for a movie with a deep story line that seeks to explain everything GI Joe, you'll be disappointed. If your looking for summer popcorn big screen entertainment then go see it.
The Plot is thin, the acting is mediocre, and the accents are horrible.

And yet I couldn't help but enjoy myself alittle.

You see when you watch GI Joe you walk in with the mindset of watching Iron Man but instead set your mind Spider Man 3.

It's quite ironic that the most compelling character is the one who didn't speak during the movie (Snake Eyes). In my eyes in fact Snake Eyes vs Shadow Storm is really the only redeeming part of this movie.

Their action is fast paced, their origin story makes sense, and for most of the movie it seems that Snake Eyes is the only guy who knows what he's doing and everyone else is just along for the ride.

So if it wasn't for Snake Eyes this movie would be utter junk, but he helps save it from that fate and simply puts it in the realm of watching once then forgetting it.
All in all I thought G.I. Joe was a good fun action movie. Definitely fast paced, with lots of action. But don't fret it's not all action, there is actually alot of story to fill in. I grew up with G.I. Joe's and thought this movie did the Franchise Justice. I'm not sure if this follows the comic/cartoon story line, but I didn't really care too much, as there was plenty of story in this for me. I'd recommend this for anyone who enjoys action.
pretty stupid movie but non stop action and pretty entertaining.
Just got back from the GI JOE movie. Let me say first that i am 36 and liked what GI JOE cartoons i saw and played with some of the toys. so I am not a huge honkin fan but i did enjoy it as a kid. but if i watch them now they are pretty crappy.
Now to the movie....... It was frigin SWEET!!! loved every minute of it. Great story and action from start to finish, it was everything i expected it to be.
It is leaps and bounds better than Transformers 2
i would give Gi JOE 10 out of 10 just for pure entertainment.
Short review:

WOW!!! I am soooooooo disappointed,i got to go to special screening of this action packed film a week ago or so and i was dying to see it and i almost killed myself trying to get these tickets, okay so it begun with action AND IT NEVER LET UP!!!! in between the "Action" there were a couple of funny one liners but it's just so pathetic and silly that it's depressing and as hollow as a High School Musical film(i enjoyed them more then this crap how's that for depressing)but it had some amazing visual effects which you have to give them major credit for but on the other and it was maybe to digital for some people.

The acting was not as good as was expected but to be fair they didn't have a lot to work with also i'm starting to wonder if their stunt doubles spent more time on camera then they did.At times it felt like i was watching someone playing a video game but to be fair this was supposed to be a action packed movie so for the action crazy's out there it surely delivered in that area but unfortunately failed in all other areas they could possibly fail in this film so i will give it 3/10 for amazing visual effects
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