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G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

Alright, I have been gone a long time, and I'm hoping that this will be the beginning of a triumphant return with some great reviews. Being that I have been gone for ages, I probably have a lot of films that I must get through, so I'm going to start it off with my favorite from the summer.

G.I. Joe

This film was everything that it set out to be. It was an action film pure and simple. They had a little back story for motivation for most of the characters, it was slightly lost on one or two of them, cheesy lines, and a lot of fight scenes. No one should have gone into this film expecting more then that, and if you didn't you shouldn't have left disappointed.

The story is pretty simple, that of world domination. That is what the Cobras and the Joes have always fought over in the past. The Cobras trying to take over and the Joes stopping them. And in this film, the plan is actually somewhat sneaky. Sure, they were looking to blow up three major cities in the world, not so sneaky, and they did take out part of Paris for good measure. But when you get down to it, it is a simple plan, but a smart one.

The action in this film is a lot of fun. Channing Tatum moves well from the realm of dance films into the world of action, and my biggest worry going into the film, Marlon Wayans actually is very entertaining. There is one joke that he devliers that is really forced, but I don't think anyone could have delivered that line without it being forced (the line about being sensitive as well as tough), but otherwise, he delivers a lot of great one liners. The rest of the cast is solid for an action film. Eccleston is fun as the bad guy (so hard for me to imagine him in that roll after the first season Doctor Who) and Quaid is good as General Hawk. The oddest casting, I felt, was Gordon-Levitt as Rex. It just didn't seem to fit all that well, and while it didn't turn out terribly in the film, it definitely was a weaker link.

I was very happy to hear that they were doing a sequel. Sure, it won't win any awards, but a good mindless movie is fairly often hard to come by (see Transformers II) and G.I. Joe delivers one of those purely entertaining films. I highly recommend it for a late night when you don't really feel like thinking anymore.

Overall Grade: B+

Acting: B-
Story: B
Audio/Visual: B+