Movie review: G.I. Joe… (2009)Posted: November 13, 2009
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)
Director: Stephen Sommers
I recently saw this film on DVD and I have to say that there were some nice points such as some of the character portrayals, action sequences but I believe it could have been better.
Let’s start off with what I liked about the film
The actors who played Snake Eyes, Storm Shadow, Scarlett and Zartan seemed to fit. The nods to the old toy ads and cartoon were a nice touch. I enjoyed the Snake Eyes/Storm Shadow flashback sequences and I felt that the ninjas saved the film from being a total letdown. I listened to the commentary track and found it to be insightful at points.
Now for what didn’t work
The powersuit sequence really seemed out of place. It felt more like a superhero film like Iron Man and the Joes still couldn’t catch up to the the bad guys in time to stop the weapon from launching. The Baroness/Duke pairing didn’t seem like a good match at all. The whole brainwashing sub-plot made me hate the pairing even more.
It was worth the rental but I don’t see myself adding it to the collection. I know this is based off a toy line and I was probably expecting a little too much. I just hope the sequel is better since the major characters are in place.