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Based on Hasbro's immensely popular action figures, G.I. Joe is the ultimate elite fighting force, engaged in an extraordinary action-adventure matchup of good versus evil! In G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, the G.I. Joe team, armed with the coolest hi-tech gadgets and weapons, travels the world from the Egyptian desert to the polar ice caps in a high stakes pursuit of Cobra, an evil international organization threatening to use a technology that could bring the world to its knees.
The Rise of Cobra is not your grandfather's G.I. Joe. It's more like C.G.I. Joe with explosive special-effects action sequences that provide the film with a surplus of "Boom Boom Pow" (to quote the Black Eyed Peas song that drives the end credits). This blast from the summer past is very much like the metal-munching nano-mite missiles a (literally) mad Doctor (Joseph Gordon-Levitt cashing in some of his indie cred) and McCullen, a Scottish weapons dealer (Christopher Eccleston), threaten to unleash upon the world. It never stops. Ever. The original G.I. Joe action figure was an all-American hero. These Joes are--all together now--"the best of the best," an elite multi-national squad. Two soldiers, Duke (a buff Channing Tatum), an "on the ground, in the fight" kind of guy, and Ripcord (Marlon Wayans), his wisecracking best friend, are rescued by the Joes after they are ambushed while transporting the missiles. These are no ordinary Joes. Snake-Eyes (Ray Park) is a silent ninja, Stella (Rachel Nichols) a bodacious brainiac, Heavy Duty (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) the imposing weapons specialist, and Breaker (Said Taghamaoui) the techie. They are led by gruff Gen. Hawk (Dennis Quaid), who barks out lines like, "When all else fails, we don't," with polish. Duke and Ripcord are recruited to join the classified unit after Duke discovers that Ana (Sienna Miller), his former fiancée, is in cahoots with McCullen and now sports the sinister moniker the Baroness, not to mention killer cleavage-enhancing latex outfits. This being the first in a budding franchise, there is much backstory to cover. Flashbacks date back to 1641! But the order of the day is underground military command centers, underwater evil lairs, gleaming high-tech weaponry, breakneck chases, and cool gadgets, such as a speed-accelerating hydraulic suit. It's enough to make you want to dust off your original Hasbro action figures or, the studio no doubt hopes, buy the new ones. --Donald Liebenson
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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG13 PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 7.75 x 5.75 x 0.5 inches; 2.88 Ounces
- Item model number : DV343924
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 57 minutes
- Release date : November 3, 2009
- Actors : Channing Tatum
- Dubbed: : French, Spanish
- Subtitles: : French, English, Spanish
- Language : Unqualified
- Studio : Paramount
- ASIN : B002NXSRVG
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #18,493 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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For the villains, they utterly waste the 9th Doctor and the 3rd Rock kid. No one seems interested in doing the damn movie.
The *only* good thing about this movie is the demonstration that trying to learn how to use a powered exoskeleton is probably a pain in the butt.
This movie sucks donkey testicles. "AmeriGeddon", the Alex Jones spew fest might actually be a better movie.
And now you know, and. . .
Hey, its included in Prime so grab a 6 pack and take a drink every time they say "I've got this", you'll be hammered in the first 20 minutes..
First and foremost, my goodness the amount of cgi used in this film is ridiculous. Why oh why didn't they just make the whole movie in cgi? It would've been better. This idea that mixing cgi in with live action footage has never worked. It's always too fake looking, people move at a 24fps fluidity while all the effects and objects animate at 60fps, it's just way too weird looking. It's a mess, that's what it is.
Second, the script writing is laughable at times and I'm pretty sure it wasn't intended to be that way. One example: Duke is in a room with other soldiers and in the center is a hologram of a superior lecturing him on his failure of the mission. Duke loses his cool and steps forward like he's going to hit the guy and his teammate grabs his arm and holds him back. Ha, ha, ha, really? The guys wasn't even there, it was just a hologram, it's not like there would've been any sort of consequence had he swung his arm. The movie has plenty of oversights like this.
Third, like a lot of modern action movies there's plenty of the stereotypical unnecessary slow motion action shots. I've never understood why this became a thing. Just let action sequences play out at normal speed. Nobody needs slow motion to be able to see that a person jumped through a window and landed on his feet successfully. It just ends up looking cheesy.
Bad acting, bad writing, way way way too much cgi, this movie has lots of bad structure to it. Despite all of this it still manages to be entertaining enough to watch but I wouldn't say it's so bad it's good. It's bad and at best a guilty pleasure.