Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Review: G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

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Title: G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
Distributor: Paramount Pictures
Director: Stephen Sommers
Writer(s): Stuart Beattie (screenplay), David Elliot (screenplay)
Staring: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Christopher Eccleston, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Karolina Kurkova, Byung-hun Lee, Sienna Miller, Rachel Nichols, Gerald Okamura, Ray Park, Dennis Quaid, Saïd Taghmaoui, Channing Tatum, Arnold Vosloo, Marlon Wayans
MPAA Rating: NA
Running Time: 118 min (1 hr and 57 min)
Synopsis: An elite military unit comprised of special operatives known as G.I. Joe, operating out of The Pit, takes on an evil organization led by a notorious arms dealer.

Other Reviews


Roger Ebert: 1 ½ Stars
Michael Phillips: 2 Stars
EW: Chris Nashawaty: D

Other Sites:

At The Movies: Ben Mankiewicz: NA, Ben Lyons: NA
Rotten Tomatoes: T-Meter: 41% (Rotten), Top Critics: 30% (Rotten), RT Community: 61% (Fresh)
Metacritic: Critics: 34 out of 100, Users: 5.5 out of 10
MRQE Metric: 47: (7.7% A, 15.4% B, 44.5% C, 23.5% D, and 8.7% F)
Yahoo Movies: Critics: C- Users: B

My Review

Source Material: Based on Hasbro toy line and cartoons with the same name.

Acting and Dialogue: D: Flat out horrible, let’s say the best performance comes from a guy who doesn’t speak and that would be Ray Park as Snake Eyes

Art Direction: C: I not going to lie even thought it wasn’t awesome art direction at times it could be somewhat beautiful.

Cinematography: C: I want to note that unlike most action “blockbuster” this film didn’t have the shaky cam as much in the film. The filmmakers allow the action to unfold on screen unsaid of running with the action aka shaky cam

Direction: D: This is the same guy known for the Mummy movies and Van Helsing, so going into this movie the directing credibility expectation was very low. Guess what it stay the same.

Screenplay: C-: Well the best part of the story is the back-story of Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes and how that played out as a rivalry later on n life. They tried many back-stories via flashbacks but most of them failed and didn’t help move the story forward

Sound and Music: C: No rockn’ beat for a “rockn” movie.

VFX: B-: Just like Transformers the VFX shots worked but at the same time I keep on saying “fake” at the screen. Did anyone else think the Joes-Super-Suit looked a lot like Iron Man.

Overall: C-: G.I. Joe is what it is…A flash summer blockbuster that sucks from a cinematic stand point.

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