There are films that ask you to accept the premise before going in. There are movies that ask you to accept certain plot elements though they don't make sense. There are movies that ask you to shut off your brain and just go with the idiocy. And then there is GI Joe. Nothing makes sense in this film. Not a single solitary thing. It isn't suspension of belief that this movie asks of you, but the utter ejection of your brain into a little jar which you might hopefully get back at the end of the film, though I doubt it. I'm sorry, I couldn't do it. I just couldn't do it. Once, a long time ago, I could. I still remember being very entertained by the first Transformers, so obviously suspension of belief to this level is possible, but I just can't do it anymore.
The movie starts with a GI Joe par core fight scene, which I guess was supposed to be exiting but all I could thing about was The Office.
It really is that ridiculous. But to be fair, this is standard popcorn action stuff. I can forgive a movie its sins of over the top action. I have in the past, I will probably do it in the again. But the action in this movie never really excited me except for one time. I can enjoy dumb action as much as the next guy (hell, I think I’m the only one in the world who liked Die Hard 4), but GI Joe’s was just too… Transformy. And not in the Transformer 1 kinda way, more like in the “what in the name of God is going on here?” Transformer’s 2 kinda way. A small difference, I know, but even those who enjoy the first Transformers as a guilty pleasure want to rip our heads off at the idiocy that is the second movie. Transformers 1=stupid fun, while Transformers 2= ”my God what did I just see?” That’s pretty much how I felt at the end of this film. A lot of bullets are thrown around, a lot of explosions, and a lot of crazy over the top action slock. But just about everything in it defines all sense of logic and reason to the point where I think the movie was written by the special effects people instead of, well, you know, actual writers. Did Michael Bay do this movie? No? Well riddle me surprised.
But its not the crazy over the top action that does this movie in. Despite my bad mouthing it, there were a couple of scenes I have to admit were really freaking cool. No siry, it’s the complete lack of sense. Spoilers follow, so if you care about such things, cover your virgin eyes. So Cobra’s plan to take over the world is, upon installing one of his henchmen as the fake President, to assassinate the Joe’s with a massive military strike against their base after framing them for the assassination of the Pakistani President after using them to steal all of Pakistan’s nukes which are conveniently all located in one central location guarded by people wearing towels (and no, that’s not a racist remark, one of the dudes is literally wearing a towel on his head). So they launch a massive strike against the Joes… and no one ever questions the logic behind this, asks why the attempt was never made to capture and try them, question the President’s authority to straight up kill all the Joe’s using (ahem) COBRA troops. Did none of the generals wonder who all those mysterious troops were? So once the Joe’s are out of the way the next step in the plan is to gather together in one spot the leaders of every nuclear armed nation in the world in order to negotiate talks on nuclear disbarment. Once there he, launches his nukes at all of them? Okay, first off, North Korea is at these talks. What fantasy world is this? North Korea sitting down at the negotiating table to talk about nuclear disbarment? Balderdash! So the nations of the world respond by, launching every single nuke they have, AT EACH OTHER? Wait a minute, they weren’t nuking each other, America was nuking them, why then would they nuke each other in response? So the fake President then destroys all his nukes with a magical button, an watches as all the other world leaders have similar magical buttons that destroy their nukes midair as well. But wait, what if one of them decided not to? What if, you know, North Korea or Iran decided, screw it, and let their missiles destroy America anyway? Then Cobra would be dead, and the whole plan would be for nothing. Yeah, way to go Cobra.
END SPOILERS! You see, no logic. There are so many plot holes in this movie it might as well be Swiss cheese. Nothing in this movie makes sense. There’s a part where a character takes out a handful of grenades he was hiding in a fruit bowl, a FRUIT BOWL. Golly, sure hope he doesn’t have any company over for dinner. Wouldn’t want any kid finding a freaking grenade while looking for a banana. I haven’t mentioned a quarter of the huge gaping holes in this movie, and I think just the ones I listed are pretty bad.
The acting is adequate for this kind of movie though nothing special. The Rock puts in a fun performance, while everyone else is… well, there. Bruce Willis was an odd character. He didn’t really do much, just sort of gave the Joe’s their guns for the final battle and helped out a little bit in that battle, but he is more of an extended cameo then an actual character. I mean it’s still Bruce Willis, so you know he’s a cool guy, but it seemed like a role they threw in there to give the movie a little extra star power it didn’t have before.
So in conclusion, GI Joe is Transformers 2. Is it better than the first? I don’t know, as I’ve never seen the first. Is it entertaining in its own right? That all depends on the level of BS you can take before giving up on a movie. I was somewhat with this movie all the way up to the point where the villains revealed their master plan, at that point I couldn’t take it anymore. It had reached levels of ridiculousness m fragile little mind could not take. I would recommend this movie to those who enjoyed all three Transformers movies, know they are capable of suspending belief in the rules of logic and reason for an entire movie, and want nothing more than to see big huge action scenes. If that’s you, you’ll like this movie, and more power to you. If not, I’d recommend saving your money.
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