Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins
|Genre||Action & Adventure|
|Contributor||Iko Uwais, Samara Weaving, Henry Golding, rsula Corber, Andrew Koji|
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Henry Golding stars as the iconic G.I. JOE hero, SNAKE EYES, in this action-packed, edge-of-your-seat adventure that critics are calling “the origin story we have been waiting for.”* Welcomed into an ancient Japanese clan called the Arashikage after saving the life of their heir, STORM SHADOW (Andrew Koji), SNAKE EYES joins the battle against the group COBRA. Pushing him to the limits, SNAKE EYES will become the ultimate ninja warrior. But, when past secrets are revealed, his honor and allegiance will be tested – even if that means losing everything he has been fighting for. Also starring Úrsula Corberó as BARONESS and Samara Weaving as SCARLETT.
The origins of the Joes' unseen, unspeaking, and undeniably most popular member have been shrouded in mystery-until now. Proved worthy of recruitment into the Arashikage ninja clan, the man called Snake Eyes (Henry Golding) swiftly forges a bond with heir apparent Tommy "Storm Shadow" Arashikage (Andrew Koji)... but will the truth of his past convert it to lifelong enmity? Samara Weaving, Úrsula Corberó, Iko Uwais, Peter Mensah co-star. AKA: "Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins." 121 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.
- MPAA rating : PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Package Dimensions : 7.44 x 5.35 x 0.55 inches; 2.4 Ounces
- Media Format : NTSC
- Release date : February 1, 2022
- Actors : Andrew Koji, Samara Weaving, rsula Corber, Iko Uwais, Henry Golding
- Dubbed: : French, Portuguese, Spanish
- Studio : PARAMOUNT
- ASIN : B0991D21TT
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #36,361 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
- #4,082 in Action & Adventure DVDs
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This movie does give us the story of how the character of Snake Eyes came to be. It opens with a man and his son in hiding in a remote cabin. Apparently they haven’t hidden well enough and the bad guys show up. Hiding his son in the closet the man is offered a chance for his life with a throw of the dice. They come up snake eyes and he is killed. His son escapes and waits until the bad guys leave before watching the cabin burn in flames.
Years later the boy has grown and begun duking it out in underground fights calling himself Snake Eyes (Henry Golding). He wins enough that no one bets on him and moves on to another territory. At this most recent location he is approached by Kenta Takamura (Takehiro Hira), a Yakuza boss who offers him the chance to kill the man responsible for his father’s death if he will come work for him.
Snake Eyes takes him up on the offer and soon finds himself butchering large fish and replacing their insides with sealed weapons. His supervisor is Tomisaburo “Tommy” Arashikage (Andrew Koji). Called to a meeting by Kenta, Snake’s loyalty is tested when Kenta asks him to kill a traitor in their midst, Tommy. He refuses to comply and the pair are set upon by Kenta’s men in a wonderful display of action and martial arts.
Kenta escapes as do Tommy and Snake. During the battle Snake saves Tommy’s life. Afterward he learns that Tommy is actually Kenta’s cousin and next in line to be the head of the Arashikage clan, a ninja order who for centuries have fought evil and preserved order. Tommy takes him home where he meets the head of the clan, Tommy’s grandmother Sen (Eri Ishida). There in thanks for him saving his life, he seeks approval for Snake to join the clan.
Sen agrees with this decision and informs Snake that he will undergo three tests. To pass and become one of the clan he must pass all three. To fail means death. Snake agrees, unaware of what these tests are. At the same time Akiko (Haruka Abe) doesn’t trust Snake and disagrees with the decision.
The weapons that Kenta was trying to ship to Japan were to be used to take down the clan. Kenta seeks the most powerful weapon known to man, “the Jewel of the Sun”, protected since the beginnings of the clan. Aiding him in this battle is a sinister group known as Cobra. They have sent in one of their own to oversee things, the Baroness (Ursula Corbero). But the clan has allies of their own and they’re sending in Major O’Hara otherwise known as Scarlett (Samara Weaving).
Betrayal and trusts are tested. Double crosses take place among the good guys and the bad. A fight for what is right is carried out from start to finish. And in the end of this origin tale we discover the new look Snake will take on as well as who his arch enemy, Storm Shadow, is.
The film offers fans exactly what they came for. Plenty of high octane action and adventure with a huge heap of martial arts expertise tossed into the mix. Swords clang, guns fire and explosions roar. This is a pure popcorn flick that will satisfy the most ardent fan of both the action film and G.I. Joe.
Golding takes to the role like a fish to water, making the character of Snake Eyes come alive. This is not the Snake we see later in time in the previous films, this is the character coming to life. Had Golding failed to make the character believable all else wouldn’t have mattered. He does a fantastic job here as does the entire cast.
Visually the film is amazing with stunt choreography that moves with blinding speed and sets that dazzle the eye. This is a comic book brought to life and that was where the G.I. Joe franchise found its beginnings.
After the film finished I found myself hoping that they continue making these films giving us the start of the various Joes and bringing them together in the process. The movie is entertaining and mostly a lot of fun with enough story to keep the most jaded viewer interested. It makes a nice tie in with the previous films and one that will end up on my shelf.
Four out of five stars.
Action was pretty decent, even if there was the standard over-the-top and unrealistic parts, but they didn't hurt the overall movie.
Character development was great for being an action movie, normally we miss out on Development in lieu of Action. This movie balanced both fairly decently.
Really liked the use of Japanese actors/actresses for actual Japanese characters.
I think the critics missed the point of this movie from the reviews I have seen. It really shows when you see low critic scores when compared to higher audience scores.
While this is no where near the original origin story I recall from the comics in the 80s, I think it is a nice refresh of Snake Eyes, one of the most beloved Joes of all Joes.
However the acting was pretty good, the head security was good, the blind master was cool. and the younger master, those characters both needed fleshed out more. the city scenes and highway screen were pretty good. needed more city time.95% was at home base, lets explore Gi Joe and Tommy in the city not driving 90's miles an hour on the highway slicing ninjas in half. action IS needed but its superficial if that's all the movie is. less cutscenes fights more calm and intellectual pursuits as it relates to Japan and it's culture and the families they come from. I feel 4 out of 5, I enjoyed it just feel like the martial arts filmmakers need to hear from their fans, let's freshen things up a bit.. bruce lee and GI Joe is 40 years tired. doing the same old thing. a great example of martial arts done well is IP Master 1-3. there is a real story line those films made me want to cry with joy. I know china and Japan are different countries. IP Man needs to learn from Japan's legacy which is less explored in my opinion. however I love both countries, feel terrible for Chinese citizens locked up in the Great Wall of control in china.let’s pray for them. they are our brothers and sisters of One Human Race. God's peace be with you all!