GI Joe: the Rise of Cobra

  • 12
  • Stephen Sommers (2009)
  • US
  • 113 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Action-packed to the max, and mounted on a massive scale, the big-screen transfer of Hasbro's other popular toy line (after Transformers) is a nonstop thrill-ride. The Mummy director Stephen Sommers here delivers a terrific blend of comic-book adventure and James Bond-style spectacle, as the special-ops team of super-elite soldiers (known collectively as "GI Joe") battle the mysterious Cobra organisation. The dialogue is hilariously self-aware (when the Eiffel Tower collapses, the French are "pretty upset") and the bold multi-story narrative - with smart flashbacks to the origins of key characters, such as Channing Tatum's patriotic hero Duke and Sienna Miller's evil Baroness - doesn't flag. The marvellous gadgetry, meanwhile, is every action man's fantasy - from propulsive power suits to metal-eating, nanomite weaponry - and is matched by high-quality visuals that continually assault the senses.

Plot Summary

Action adventure starring Channing Tatum, Sienna Miller and Dennis Quaid. A US Army unit transporting nano-tech warheads is ambushed by the mysterious Cobra organisation, and only saved by the arrival of the elite GI Joe troops. But Cobra is determined to steal the weapons - and the GI Joe team could be undone by deception and betrayal from within.

Cast and crew

Cast

Duke
Channing Tatum
The Baroness / Ana
Sienna Miller
General Hawk
Dennis Quaid
The Doctor / Rex
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Scarlett
Rachel Nichols
Snake Eyes
Ray Park
Heavy Duty
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
McCullen / Destro
Christopher Eccleston
Breaker
Saïd Taghmaoui
Zartan
Arnold Vosloo
Ripcord
Marlon Wayans
The President
Jonathan Pryce
Sergeant Stone
Brendan Fraser
Dr Mindbender
Kevin J O'Connor
Storm Shadow
Lee Byung-hun

Crew

Director
Stephen Sommers

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Paramount
Guidance: 
Violence.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 7 Aug 2009
Certificate 12
Categories
Drama

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