Movie Review - G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
Starring Dennis Quaid, Channing Tatum, and Sienna Miller.
Rated PG-13 for strong sequences of action violence and mayhem throughout.
GI Joe centers around the idea that there is a super-secret awesome group of alpha soldiers that get sent in to take care of business when all the other wings of the military manage to fail, which really begs the question - why don't they just send out the Joe's to begin with? Anyway, it wouldn't make a good movie if they weren't the best of the best, so I'll accept it. The entire movie revolves around a group of Joe's fighting to save the world from a group that wants to rule the world.
The plot is really not that important as the movie is more about the visual spectacle and the action. The action is good with just enough fancy effects to keep it fresh. The problem comes when the movie tries to do too much special effects which ends up hurting the flick as the effects seem rushed and not quite finished. You can tell when the airplanes, people, and vehicles turn into digitally created machines rather than the real thing and that's a bad thing especially in such a high budget (175 million) flick as this.
As mentioned before, the plot isn't really that big of a thing, but the movie tries to use flashbacks as a 'innovative' device in telling the story and ends up annoying everyone. The flashbacks are far too frequent and some are a bit unnecessary. I would have liked to seen a more straightforward experience watching this flick or at least had all the flashbacks happen at about the same time so the story wasn't broken up so much. Overall, it wasn't bad, just not good.
GI Joe is playing at Cinema 3 in McCook - check www.fridleytheatres.com for showtimes and coming soon, you can buy your tickets online! Next week, hopefully we will get District 9. I'm crossing my fingers. You should too.