G.I. Joe – Rise of the Cobra
Before I start please read the following disclaimer. If you are a cinema purist who expects all films to contain clever rollercoaster plotlines with interesting twists and intense deep characters that face moral dilemmas that illustrate the true condition of man… then off you go now… this isn’t the film for you… In fact can I suggest that you flick across to the review of Peter Jackson’s “District 9”? Go on off you go…
Now for the rest of you, here’s a blockbuster you can enjoy for the close to two hours that it runs. It’s a solid good verses bad battle comprising of high energy action filled scenes with stimulating stunts and some very cool gadgets. This is what I remember of playing with G.I. Joes when I was a kid… the only difference being this movie was desperately lacking in a scene where the Joes are super glued to an off-road radio controlled car with lit fireworks and driven fast paced through the garden and being launched over upturned spades.
However the great chase scene featuring Joes in Accelerator Suits chasing the bad guys in there in their urban 4 wheel drives through Paris is exhilarating. I will point out that lots of parts of the film have similar feel to a lot of the other modern action films such as Transformers but then again this is another film based on a series of Hasbro toys.
The basic plot follows Duke (Channing) and Ripcord (Wayans) as they are tasked to protect a new type of nano tech missile warhead as it is delivered to the UN. An ambush ensues and amidst the battle Duke and Ripcord join forces with Elite GI Joe Unit as they defend the warheads. After seeing what sort of unit the GI Joes are, Duke and Ripcord join them with the latest in next-generation spy and military equipment will against the corrupt arms dealer Destro and the growing menace from the mysterious Cobra organization to dispute them from plunging the world into chaos.
Now this is exactly the sort of movie that you will expect if you have experienced the GI Joe toys of now with lots of gadgets and crazy vehicles. Whereas the GI Joes that I remember (and those even older than me), were a lot more simplistic, had standard weaponry and vehicles. But then again this is 2009 and it would seem a little boring if they were still using M16’s and driving around in the old style Jeeps…
I loved it… But I did get exactly what I expected, a high paced action film. Plastic Fantastic! One little inside scoop I found out was that a post-credits scene was planned where the famously mute ninja Snake-Eyes tells a joke to the G.I. Joe team, but Larry Hama advised against it since its humour would detract from the seriousness of the film. Funny that… I must have missed the seriousness in the film…
Reviewed by: Jon E Clist
Releases: 6th August 2009
Rating: M – Violence
Running time: 118 minutes
Genre: Action, Sci Fi
Starring: Dennis Quaid, Channing Tatum, Marlon Wayans and Sienna Miller
Director: Stephen Sommers