G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra

11 08 2009

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra is currently being described as an excursion into the familiar t.v. cartoon to movie venerable cycle, but don’t let the chatter fool you.

It may have demonstrated what has become of the modern exemplars established by state of the art moviemaking, but it still suffers the failure of correct storylines. Like bright shiny things, it doesn’t necessarily suggest substance, only – hmm, how shall I say this? – something that can pass the time and can easily be forgotten as soon as you put it down. I’d recommend it, yeah, but only for rental.

But before I jump ahead of myself, let me tell you something about G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra:

When everyone else fail, a team of elite organization cleans up the mess and keep the bad guys at bay. Enter, Duke and Ripcord. They flop their big mission so they get a free ride to the G.I. Joe headquarters. Realizing that this team is way cooler than their current squad they wiggle a way to get in.

But wait, the bad guys include a woman scorned. By now you should know, hell hath no furry comparable. So she is our sexy villain with a back-story.

In the middle of it all, is us. The unknowing civilians about to be destroyed by nano-mites if it falls in the wrong hands. If you’ve seen The Day The Earth Stood Still , the micro-aliens there makes an appearance here.

You see, it’s not about the chills, suspense or CGI prowess, but respectful familiarity. That’s the kind of standard intelligence that’s all but gone out of style. Avid moviegoers nowadays just refuse to be thought of as a brainless escapist. Besides, anyone who makes it a point to see a world capsulated in a huge darkroom that calls for money, time and focus deserves a worthy fan fair. That investment also means we’ve been watching the film (and perhaps it’s over hyped ads) with the goal to appreciate, even in the slightest.

Unfortunately, it becomes clearer and clearer that these films are a law unto themselves: doesn’t matter if the storyline is shaky, we can still make lots of money because it’s flashy and it once had audience twenty years ago.

But please don’t get me wrong, the movie is visually wonderful. It made me interested for a moment. Technology has indeed caught up with the imagination and the audience can almost feel the movie jump off the screen – the experience is exhilirating in IMAX. I like that it made me laugh (that Wayan guy sure knows comedy), I liked that I get to see Star Wars in it (oh please, that guy Snake Eyes … he played Darth Maul. And the Sword fight in the electric tube sure is reminiscent of Phantom Menace Obi-Wan, Qui-Gon and Darth Maul duel).

But again, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra still sits as a recommended rental.

 Ratings: starstarstarstar_2star_2

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