G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

(2009)

From the director of The Mummy is this actioner adapted from the line of Hasbro toys (originally created in the 60s). The film is an origin story, charting the rise of the evil Cobra Organisation and the formation of team G.I. Joe – which includes Dennis Quaid as General Hawk, Channing Tatum as Duke, Marlon Wayans as Ripcord and Sienna Miller as The Baroness.

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For the most part, G.I. Joe is jam-packed with exciting and coherent action sequences. Director Stephen Sommers keeps a short leash on his effects team, while the script allows room for genuine characterisation and the cast seem perfectly suited to their parts. Put simply, this film begins as a blockbuster that exceeds expectations.... More

When the third act arrives though, the film falls apart under its own weight. Take our advice: leave the theatre when you see the CGI-created polar bear. Its appearance marks the turning point where a once-fun movie becomes a noisy monotonous mess of submarines and explosions. Set in the murky depths of the Arctic from then onwards, it becomes awfully hard to understand who's firing at whom. The actors, no doubt surrounded by green screens while they filmed this skirmish, make no effort to hide their apparent boredom. Easily distracted kids mightn't notice the tonal shift, but you can bet their parents will.

The Rise of Cobra is a patchy way to start a franchise, but there's enough potential here to inspire some really fun sequels.Hide


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BY RexH superstar

Hell, it's based on a toy! Why would we expect it to be "Full Metal Jacket"? Or "Apocalypse Now"? Well, I got more than I was expecting. Serious flashbacks with a nod to real world war zones, full-on Sommers action scenes and a script that was neither laboured nor cynical. All adds up to a fun movie that surprised me and engaged me a lot more than the Transformers sequel. It reminded me of an old Bond movie crossed with Thunderbirds. A lot of fun and I would recommend it. Ignore plonker revues... More from the likes of Empire and the N.Y. Times, this burger has more meat in it than a big mac!Hide


BY Thomas lister

That was a well-done movie. Not perfect, and a bit cheesy, plenty to be worked on for the sequel, but it was a lot better than I expected. It also blew Transformers Revenge of The Fallen away, even though I'm a fan of Transformers and not G.I. Joe. I do wish the doctor and Cobra Commander were two separate characters, though.


BY Jason lister

Sucks hard core.


BY Chris lister

Since when does ice sink? Huh? I mean really... how do you crush a submarine with ice... This movie is so stupid that my brain gave up and went on holiday. I am still suffering.


BY Alexey nobody

2 hours of torture. crap acting crap script and over the top CGI that just dont compensate for everything that is wrong with this movie.

I really thought it would be a good movie, very very dissapointed. I'll give it 1 star for the CGI only


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The Press Reviews

34% of critics recommend.
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  • Certainly better than "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen." How so? Admittedly, it doesn't have as much cleavage. But the high-tech hardware is more fun to look at than the transforming robots, the plot is as preposterous, and although the noise is just as loud, it's more the deep bass rumbles of explosions than the ear-piercing bang of steel robots pounding on each other. Full Review

  • Bond without the style and Team America without the bellylaughs. The moronic script and nonsensical plot are good for a snicker, though. Full Review

  • After nearly two hours of nonstop mayhem, the film ends on a surprisingly muted note, though pains have been taken to make sure that the hoped-for sequel has been carefully set up. Full Review

  • The action is mostly brisk and bracing and the battleground, particularly Cobra's headquarters -- a vast network of tunnels under the polar ice cap -- are wonderfully imagined, as are the futuristic machines at the Joes' disposal. Basically, the Joes are not bad, it's just that they could have been much better with a little less conversation, a little more action. Full Review

  • This pricey, juiceless pulp could never have been killed by critics, simply because it was already dead. Full Review

  • While thesping is not the main game here, having a cast of bright young things certainly helps, and Quaid gets in a few nice John Wayne-like moments as the no-nonsense boss. Full Review