G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

March 30, 2010

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

G.I. Joe

A summer action of type of film that you can shut your mind off for and completely enjoy.  It is a ton of pointless action and very little in terms of a story.  It works in quite nicely with the original characters and TV show, it does change some, but they have the greatest line ever: “Knowing is Half the Battle”.

The story is pretty simple, it is the rise of cobra, as it says.  The Cobra Commander has to come into power and he gets help from Destro or James McCullen to take over the world.  The plans are slowly put into place as the crack team from G.I. Joe tries to stop them.  Lead by General Hawk, they try and take out James McCullen and stop his plan at every move.  This leads to a lot of high paced action scenes.  This film works on creating it’s story early and goes for a ton of action late.  There is plenty of action early, but the second half of the film is where it really shines as a great mindless film.  And they keep the plot tight enough so they don’t distract from the action that comes on.  The love stories are pretty typical, but fairly humorous.

The acting is pretty humorous, it isn’t bad, but there is a lot of action talent in there.  Channing Tatum plays the lead, playing Duke.  The surprise in terms of acting is Marlon Wayans.  I was extremely worried by that casting of Ripcord, but he delivers some of the funnier lines of the film, and his acting isn’t all that bad.  The fact it is an action film covers up most of the acting deficiencies.  Christopher Eccleston plays the main bed guy in the film, and is the big name in terms of acting.  Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Sienna Miller are the other big names in the film.  Sienna Miller does as good a job as normal acting, but is wonderful eye candy along with Rachel Nichols, who is stunning as a red head.  Joseph Gordon-Levitt is probably the biggest name in terms of acting talent, but he is woefully miscast in this role.  The last name that I want to mention is Dennis Quaid who played General Hawk and delivers the line of the day, “Knowing is half the battle”.  He is good in that role.

Visually this film is entertaining to watch.  It mixes the CGI nicely with the live action in the film, and while it isn’t anything special in either area, it doesn’t really detract from the film.  It just compliments the pointless action that this film is about.  The CGI is well enough done, even though compared to other big summer films, such as Transformers, the CGI doesn’t live up to the standards.

I think what best describes this film is the MPAA rating and how it is described: “strong sequences of action and mayhem throughout.”  This film is all about the action, which is pretty entertaining.    If you were expecting more, you would be disappointed, but in terms of a summer action film that is about pointless entertainment, this film is pretty good.  It was definitely better then the sequel to Transformers that came out the same summer.

Entertainment Grade: B+

Critical Grade: C-

Overall Grade: B-


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