REVIEW: G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA

 

CAST

Channing Tatum (21 Jump Street)
Christoper Eccelston (Thor: The Dark World)
Arnold Vosloo (Blood Diamond)
Marlon Wyaans (Scary Movie)
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Sucide Squad)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Dark Knight Rises)
Byung-hun Lee (Red 2)
Sienna Miller (Stardust)
Rachel Nichols (Alex Ross)
Kevin J.O’ Connor (The Mummy)
Ray Park (Star Wars – Episode I)
Jonathan Pryce (Game of Thrones)
Dennis Quaid (Vantage Point)
Said Taghmaoui (Wonder Woman)
Brendan Fraser (Bedazzled)

G.I Joe: The Rise of Cobra images G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra - New Promo Pics  HD wallpaper and background photosG.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra will leap and bound like a solider in an accelerator suit to the hearts of anyone who’s ever owned an action figure. At one point, the bad guys’ resident ninja assassin Storm Shadow (Byung-hun Lee) is trying to escape the top-secret G.I. Joe underground training facility, and he runs over to an unidentified machine and climbs inside. I can’t think of anything more fitting than what happens next: it turns into a jetpack and Storm Shadow flies across the room.After a prologue in the 1600s , we skip ahead to the near future, where a weapons manufacturing company run by James McCullen (Christopher Eccleston) has just finished their latest invention. Using nanobot technology, their missiles will literally consume their targets, whether that means tanks, planes, or entire cities. The first four are packaged and given to the U.S. Military, who sends an entire convoy to deliver them. En route, the deliverymen are attacked by a ship carrying Baroness (Sienna Miller), who attempts to kill everyone and steal the missiles. Soliders Duke (Channing Tatum) and Ripcord (Marlon Wayans) fight back and are prepared to die protecting the payload when General Hawk (Dennis Quaid) and his elite team step in to save them. Duke and Ripcord are taken to the Joes’ base, and they join to try and stop the missiles from being stolen again.The movie’s ludicrous imagination kicks in almost immediately. At first, Duke and Ripcord train on fairly standard, if unrealistically advanced courses, like a shooting gallery with holographic targets and in hand-to-hand combat using big, futuristic-looking sticks. Then the movie just cuts to a short clip of Duke piloting an underwater spaceship-looking thing in a miles-long tank filled with giant rings, and my brain was happy to shut off and enjoy the spectacle. Other critics will say it’s just like a video game, but it’s so unabashedly, gleefully, purposefully like a video game that I kind of think that’s the idea. In the accelerator suit chase through the streets of Paris, Scarlett (Rachel Nichols) flies after Duke and Ripcord on a commandeered civilian motorcycle that magically moves about 300 miles an hour.G.I Joe : Rise of Cobra - gi-joe-the-rise-of-cobra WallpaperSpeaking of that chase sequence, it’s a jaw-dropping tidal wave of awesomeness, with Duke, Ripcord and Scarlett aided by the silent good-guy ninja Snake Eyes (Ray Park), clinging to the underside of the villains’ Hummer as the group causes untold amounts of damage. Cars fly through the air like they’re made of paper and buildings are reduced to craters, all at a dizzying, breakneck speed. It even changes method of transport, switching from a car chase to a foot chase without missing a beat.The Joes are all well-cast. Personally, I liked Rachel Nichols and Marlon Wayans, who are both charismatic and have an entirely playful chemistry with each other. I didn’t even mind Wayans’ cheesy comic relief. His jokes aren’t particularly funny, but he doesn’t scream for attention the way he has in other movies.The good guys are complemented by a solid roster of villains. Christopher Eccleston, ise the main bad guy, and he’s good at standing around in fine suits, sneering and being slimy (and when given the chance, he wisely refuses to reveal his evil plot), but for all intents and purposes, I’d say his evildoing in the movie is equal to that of Sienna Miller’s Baroness. The shared history she has with Duke is worked in to varying degrees of success over the course of the film, but even without it, she’s got more personality than any of the other action-movie villains.There’s also a psychotic doctor, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and he really dredges up some entertaining evil, covered with creepy makeup and practically cackling some of his lines. The only letdown is he spends most of the movie with his voice altered, which takes away from the experience of seeing him play the role. It’s all about tone, and director Stephen Sommers has it down.

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