Reviews and Problems with G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra
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G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
17 October 2013
Excerpt: It's clear that Sommers really gets the appeal of G.I. Joe to its fanbase, although far too often, the movie veers into territory that seems more like advertising for the cool vehicles and playsets. For a movie that's clearly meant as a macho testosterone-driven action flick, it's the ladies who often steal the show.
Excerpt: Once " Transformers " (2007) proved that 80's relics can be dusted off and marketed for a new generation, every studio and producer suddenly clamored to pinch up every 80's property they could fine, cartoon or toy, doesn't matter, if it's part 80's pop culture then it'll be in cinemas soon. "Thundercats" is coming in 2012, so are "The Smurfs", even board games are being adapted into films... sheesh!
Conclusion: I'll be honest, after seeing 'G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra' in theaters, I was ready to rate it with a zero star score. Hell, I was so angry with it that I would've gone into the negative range if I could. My fanboy rage has cooled off a little since then, so I've tried to look at it a bit more objectively this time. As such, I've granted it a whopping star and half. It may be a terrible adaptation of G.I. Joe, but it's not the absolute worst movie I've ever seen.
Excerpt: When I was four years old, all I wanted for Christmas was a G.I. Joe action figure with his "Kung Fu grip," and my parents/Santa obliged. Within 10 years, poor G.I. Joe was shrunk from a Ken-sized doll down to an action figure—thank you George Lucas—and a new franchise was born with a wide array of toys, comics, and even a cartoon.
Excerpt: The Movie Yes, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra is another movie based upon Hasbro toys , and so many of the costumes, weapons and vehicles on display seem like a bunch of overgrown plastic merchandise. Much of the acting is downright awful, there is a lot of wisecracking but not one decent joke, and I felt as though the profanity was excessive for a movie clearly aimed at a younger audience.
Excerpt: I didn’t have high expectations for G.I. Joe , yet I was still disappointed. Unlike the fan boys who will see this film, I went in with little-to-no knowledge of the G.I. Joe universe. Thus, don't ask me whether the script follows the world created by the cartoon show; I wouldn’t know. But what I do know is that this film was not up to Stephen Sommers standards, and probably shouldn’t have even been attempted by the director of The Mummy series and Van Helsing . G.I.
Excerpt: We’ve had comic book movies, superhero movies, and video game movies; but G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra is something new. Call it action figure filmmaking, a movie poured straight from the same mold as the ones used to create Hasbro’s legendary toys. A story ripped straight off the back of a G.I. Joe package and plopped down in front of you. The heroes are fully posable, the bad guys are as stiff and contorted as they are evil.
Excerpt: The live-action feature film G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra does to the ’80s animated TV series/toy commercial G.I. Joe (and associated comics and spin-offs) what the 2000 X-Men movie did to that franchise. By putting a bunch of exaggeratedly individualized characters into identical black leather outfits and giving them all the same grunt-y bad-ass personal affect, the film irons out the series’ traces of personality and makes it largely generic blockbuster fodder.
Summary: For the most part, G.I. Joe is jam-packed with exciting and coherent action sequences. Director Stephen Sommers keeps a short leash on his effects team, while the script allows room for genuine characterisation and the cast seem perfectly suited to their parts. Put simply, this film begins as a blockbuster that exceeds expectations. More When the third act arrives though, the film falls apart under its own weight.
Excerpt: In an already crowded genre, it takes a lot for a sci-fi action flick to stand out. It requires clever script-writing, restraint in the special effects department and quality acting. This film has none of those elements, and is therefore a forgettable, mediocre experience. The dialogue is so bad it's hard to sit through, and is punctuated every 10 minutes by an action sequence so over-produced it seems cartoon-ish. For die-hard actions fans only!