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GI Joe: the Rise of Cobra

  • Action
  • Drama
  • 2009
  • Stephen Sommers
  • 113 mins
  • 12

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.

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Review

A star rating of 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. Director Stephen Sommers 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") battles the mysterious Cobra organisation. The dialogue is hilariously self-aware (when the Eiffel Tower collapses, the French are "pretty upset") and the bold multistory 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 tech-head's fantasy - from propulsive power suits to metal-eating, nanomite weaponry - and is matched by high-quality visuals that continually assault the senses.

Credits

Cast

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DukeChanning Tatum
The Baroness / AnaSienna Miller
General HawkDennis Quaid
The Doctor / RexJoseph Gordon-Levitt
ScarlettRachel Nichols
Snake EyesRay Park
Heavy DutyAdewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
McCullen / DestroChristopher Eccleston
BreakerSaïd Taghmaoui
ZartanArnold Vosloo
RipcordMarlon Wayans
The PresidentJonathan Pryce
Sergeant StoneBrendan Fraser
Dr MindbenderKevin J O'Connor
Storm ShadowLee Byung-hun

Crew

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DirectorStephen Sommers

Details

Theatrical distributor
Paramount
Released on
2009-08-07
Languages
English | French | Scottish Gaelic
Guidance
Violence.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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