G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

A movie released August 07, 2009

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"Would you look at that? Real American heroes..."

  • Aug 18, 2009
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Short attention span summary (SASS):

1. GI Joe goes global, hi-tech and impossibly awesome
2. Bad guys include the standard megalomaniac with Gaelic accent, mad scientist, hot chick, martial arts expert and a horde of nano-mites, capable of never-before-seen destruction unless someone hits the kill-switch
3. Good guys include General with a heart of gold, hunky lead, comic relief sidekick, hot chick number 2, martial arts expert number 2, computer hacker and dependable strong arm guy.
4. The plot obviously involves good guys trying to stop bad guys from unleashing havoc and mass destruction yada yada yada, amidst a maze of flashbacks and little snippets of snappy dialogue.
5. Massive CGI and action extravaganza follows, including, but not limited to, easily accessible underground fortresses, a little cat fight, awesome weaponry, cool super-suits, planes, trains and automobiles, space age submarines, altered henchmen, a polar bear and the amazing sinking polar ice-cap.

This movie may be totally inaccurate and impossible, but you can't fault the in-your-face non-stop action for light summer movie fare. We may not always have Paris, but fans of improbable action movies should like this just fine. Being capable of not thinking too much on a hot August afternoon, this was an enjoyable escape from reality.

Amanda Richards, August 17, 2009

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August 22, 2009
Sounds like a cool rental !
August 18, 2009
Great that you took in a flick in MIA!
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review by . August 13, 2009
So I walked out of this movie after about 45 minutes. G.I. Joe just isn't my kind of movie, but that's not the movies problem. It's my problem. I had no business being there in the first place. For one, I was always ambivalent about the cartoon. I watched it only because it came on after the Transformers. Most of the time I didn't finish the episodes. Not much has changed considering that I saw G.I. Joe only because I had my schedule mixed up with what I really wanted to see: …
Quick Tip by . January 24, 2010
If you love guns, shooting and a hell lot of action? Watch it! If you love a great storyline, then don't watch it..
Quick Tip by . October 23, 2009
I thought this was a comedy - well it made me laugh! Sienna Miller was completely and utterly...........well, words cant describe it.
Quick Tip by . August 21, 2009
Unintelligent mess. The worst part is that it was actually boring. A boring action movie. Yeah.
Quick Tip by . August 21, 2009
This was a decent movie once you take into consideration that its sole purpose was to sell toys & make a few fanboys happy
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G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
is a 2009 American live action film adaptation of the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero toy franchise. The film is directed by Stephen Sommers, produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and written by Stuart Beattie based on a 1998 screenplay by John Paul Kay. G.I. Joe features an ensemble cast based on the various characters of the franchise. Filming took place in Downey, California and Prague's Barrandov Studios. The film was released on August 5, 2009.

The Rise of Cobrais 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 ...
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Genre: Action, Adventure
Release Date: August 07, 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
DVD Release Date: Nov. 3, 2009
Runtime: 118 Mins.
Studio: Paramount Pictures
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