G.I. Joe Rise of Cobra – Movie Review

Have you already seen Joe? G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra, is the live action adaptation of the beloved cartoon and comic book staple from Hasbro.

G.I. Joe Rise of Cobra

Have you already seen Joe? G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra, is the live action adaptation of the beloved cartoon and comic book staple from Hasbro. It’s an origin story that features the most well known characters from the franchise which includes Duke, Ripcord, Scarlett, Snake Eyes, Heavy Duty, Breaker, and General Hawk. So, should you check out G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra?

The Plot:

The entire plot revolves around chemical warfare. James McCullen (Christopher Eccleston) aka Destro, is a prosperous weapons manufacturer who has created a new technology called “nano mites.” A case filled with four missiles containing the mites are put in the care of soldiers, Duke (Channing Tatum) and Ripcord (Marlon Wayans) for immediate transport. Unfortunately Baroness (Sienna Miller) a leather wearing assassin figure, wants the case and will blow up a whole damn forest to get it. The majority of the film is spent with everyone chasing after the missile case to avoid the start of an all out nuclear war.

The Good:

What about good moments in Joe? So, the action scenes were pretty impressive. One that sticks out in particular is the chase scene in Paris. Duke and Ripcord are running the streets of the city in their accelerator suits leaving nothing but destruction in their wake. Scarlett is close behind on a motorcycle, while Snake Eyes is riding the hood of a SUV, with cars being thrown at him!

Some words about fighting between Ray Park vs. Byung-Hun Lee: Park and Lee portray Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow, two surrogate brothers with a murky past. Snake Eyes doesn’t speak or show his face through the entire film, but he dominates his scenes. Storm Shadow does speak, and when he does you listen.

The Bad:

What about the special effects in G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra:  They can be much better.

Channing Tatum/Dennis Quaid: Whoever said Dennis Quaid was set dressing in this film was absolutely right! His talent is wasted, and his part is a lot smaller than expected. Every line he delivers sounds as if he’s reading it right off the page. It’s a trait he shared with co-star Channing Tatum, who will never be Duke in my eyes. Neither of these men embodied their character’s spirits, and almost appeared as if they were bored onscreen. In any given scene, you can visibly see Quaid thinking about what he’ll eat for dinner that night.


G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra is nothing more and nothing less of what I expected it to be. Everybody knows that it’s a popcorn movie. I enjoyed the action, the comedic moments, and the trip down memory lane. So, Joe Rise of Cobra doesn’t take itself that seriously, and neither should you.

Rating: 7/10

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