I finally got around to writing the review of the new G.I. Joe flick that I took Conroy to a couple of weeks ago at the Kerasotes theaters in Castle Rock, CO. Becky and Bianca didn’t want to see it and Corban was busy.The Fandango website at G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra describes the movie as follows:
“Director Stephen Sommers (The Mummy, Van Helsing) adapts the beloved Hasbro G.I. Joe toy line with this Paramount Pictures production that pits the Global Integrated Joint Operating Entity against the evil forces of the organization known as Cobra. Dennis Quaid and Channing Tatum star as General Hawk and Duke Hauser, respectively, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marlon Wayans leading the rest of the cast, including Sienna Miller, Ray Park, Rachel Nichols, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Saïd Taghmaoui, and Asian film star Lee Byung-hun….”
G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra has plenty of action, violence and crazy special effects. It reminded me of that line in The Incredibles, “Woman, Where’s my super suit?”. Since the primary elements of the film are these wild G.I.’s battling in million dollar super suits that turn them into nothing short of modern Super Hero’s.
The story is about this madman who is a descendant of a Scottish genius who played both sides in war using technology. His team has created this super nano technology that devours anything in their path and the only hope for mankind are the modern G.I. Joe team of super hero army men. There’s a bit of a love story in the film between the main character and one of the primary evil characters and she’s really an evil woman, which was a bit disturbing. You find out why later in the film, but it was still a bit over-the-top for this type of film.
This isn’t a bad movie, but it’s not a great movie either. I think Conroy summed it up best when he said after the movie, “Dad, that’s a great flick for anyone between 9 and about 14 years old. I loved it!”, which if you think about it G.I. Joe is really an action figure for little kids. I think ages 4 to 7 play with G.I. Joe action figures, so I’m not sure why they made it PG-13. This particular film definitely should have been PG-13, but they probably would have done better at the Box Office had they made it for a younger audience as well, by leaving out some of the serious violent action scenes and adult situations. I let Conroy see it a second time with some of his buddies from school since he liked it so much.
I have to say that other than Julie and Julia this was the best film I’ve been to in a while. The late Summer has really stunk at the movies. I think G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra was Worth The Trip, but I wouldn’t rate it a Don’t Miss It.
John – *** Worth The Trip
Conroy – **** Don’t Miss It
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