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G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra [Blu-ray]
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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.
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The cobra revenge movie had me scratch my head when the satellites were exploding just because the rod didn't drop, because the destructive force of the rod depended on the momentum built up by its crashing to earth- not sure how much force it could build up if all it did was fall on the inside of the door of the satellite that was holding it.
Yet Duke and Ana aren't the only ones with a past. Opposing ninja warriors Snake Eyes (Ray Park) and Storm Shadow (Byung-hun Lee) go back to when they were children and trained under the same sensei. It wasn't until a tragic event in their youth drove the two apart, only to meet now, years later, and settle their conflict once and for all.
With only the safety of the world resting in the hands of the best of the best of the best, team G.I. Joe has their work cut out for them as they try to save the world from the rising C.O.B.R.A.
This movie is lightning. Seriously. Right from the first minute straight through to the last this sucker moves at breakneck speed with non-stop action, fireballs, lasers, bullets, super-powered armor, kung-fu, car chases, car crashes, aerial battles and a whole ton more.
It's been awhile since I've seen a movie where I felt like I was moving at the speed of light and G.I. Joe delivers that in spades. I went in expecting an action movie. I got it. I went in expecting a military movie. I didn't get that but instead got something between the Avengers, Desert Storm and James Bond. It didn't feel like an army movie and for that I was thankful because, though I like history and military fiction, I have a hard time watching army movies. Don't know why. Just can't get into them. Also, all that olive green is nauseating after a while. Thank goodness that stupid color is absent in G.I. Joe. They wear black, thank you very much.
The overall plot was cool. The problem was the pace. It was just way too fast. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the flashback sequences throughout the movie and even the fact the movie starts off in 1641 instead of the present day. More specifically, I was impressed the flashback sequences didn't happen to just one character, but to several, each segment adding to that character's history and giving us something more than a man or woman with an agenda. We actually get to understand their motivations because we get to be there with them and see how they came to be what they came to be.
There was something else I had a hard time buying, but I'll leave it there because I don't want to spoil anything for those who haven't seen it yet.
In the end, this film delivered a lot and truly embodied the idea of "rise of the cobra." There was origins galore, the ones not mentioned above being Destro and the Doctor. There will no doubt be a sequel because there's obviously way more story to tell.
Rating this film was tough because there's no way to be critical of it without coming off unfair. I mean, really, the effects were 5 out of 5. No challenge there. The explosions alone were awesome never mind the Eiffel Tower falling, the nano-mite green mist effect, those blue electro pulses--craziness. The story? Well . . . how's 3 sound? Yeah? Okay. Tell you what: I'll meet you halfway and we'll settle on 4. Cool? Cool.
Oh and one more thing . . .
The film handled the character development well. Many of the characters got backstories, and they never felt boring. The action scenes are fast, and by the time the credits roll, you want even more. The only drawback is, for those fans who like Snake-Eyes and Scarlett to be together, the film doesn't go that route. I didn't mind though.
Maybe the most shocking thing about this is, I don't even care for the G.I. Joe franchise, yet I still loved this film. So whether you are a fan or not, you should still watch this film.
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