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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Movie Review - GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra

Movie Title
GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra
McCullen / Destro (Christopher Eccleston) head of MARS Industries, an arms dealer/manufacturer that has >70% market share of the world’s weapons trade is also covertly part of an organization with world domination ambitions. Using NATO funding, MARS Industries had developed a nanotech weapon so deadly that it sends almost all-modern conventional weaponry back into the Stone Age. The 4 prototype units were en-route to a NATO location, escorted by NATO special ops team, when they were massacred by terrorists with never-before-seen weaponry & seemingly invulnerable armor, led by a woman named Ana / Baroness (Sienna Miller), who had a relationship with 1 of 2 surviving members of the NATO team – Duke (Channing Tatum). Then, before the bad guys can make off with the weapons, they were attacked by another group of people with equally impressive weaponry – the GI Joes.
The 2 NATO Team survivors (the other being Ripcord, played by Marlon Wayans) were then brought to GI Joe HQ where they were made into GI Joes as well.
Having failed in their first attempt in acquiring the Nano-weapons, the bad guys beef up their team with Storm Shadow (Byung-hun Lee) and managed to take them from the GI Joes - from their HQ no less - by force, injuring General Hawk (Dennis Quaid), the Joes’ leader, in the process. The Joes quickly assemble a strike team (Duke, Ripcord, Scarlett, Snake Eyes, Heavy Duty & Breaker) to stop the bad guys and reacquire the weapons.
Lots of action (with bits of comedy thrown in for good measure) ensued when the Joes attempt to stop the bad guys from destroying their 1st target – Paris. The Joes managed to stop Paris from being completely destroyed but Duke got captured. The Joes race against time to stop the other 3 from being used while simultaneously try to save Duke. This brings the Joes to the bad guys’ HQ where the final showdown happens.
It’s only at the end of the movie that Destro discovered that he was merely a pawn in the game, with Cobra Commander (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) being the true puppet-master orchestrating everything from the very beginning. Hence the title – The Rise of Cobra and the reason why the bad guys didn’t really have a name ‘cos they were not COBRA yet. Get ready for the sequel!
Well, pretty cheesy acting but appropriate for this genre of movies. Channing Tatum, Rachel Nichols & Sienna Miller provide a lot of eye candy.

Pretty good flashback sequences to help viewers catch up and understand the characters better (in Baroness’ case - why she had changed, and for Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow, their deep-seated enmity between them, plus the reason for Snake Eyes’ silence). However, Why oh why did they make Snake Eyes have a mouth???? Ughhh!
Pretty enjoyable despite what the critics have to say. Go watch it! I can’t wait until they do a GI Joe vs. Transformers (both are from Hasbro and they have done so many successful such cross-overs in the comics) cross-over movie in the same way like how the separate franchises of Predator and Alien were combined to make the AvP movies!
Here is a sneak peak of the Joes you may be seeing in the sequel(s). Enjoy.

Rating: 6.5/10
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G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (Two-Disc Edition + Digital Copy) [Blu-ray]

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