March 31, 2013
Honestly I do not remember at all if I had seen the first G.I. Joe film (Rise of the Cobra) at all back in 2009. I think I did but I was not sure, even as I lined up on opening day in theaters with my family today. Even my kids don't recall anything about the first film if we did watch it at all.
In this film, the story was exciting at the onset as the US President (Jonathan Pryce) was replaced by a lookalike who was technically-transformed Cobra operative Zartan (also Pryce, over Arnold Vosloo). This fake President wastes no time to come up with a trumped-up charge and to launch an air attack to decimate the entire GI Joe camp, surprisingly also killing a major Joe from the first movie, all that in the first 10 minutes!
Of course, three Joes, namely Roadblock (Dwayne Johnson), Lady Jaye (Adrienne Palicki) and Flint (DJ Cotrona), survive the sneak attack to save the day for the good guys. On the other side of the world in Tokyo, two more Joes (Snake Eyes and Jinx) join forces, bringing with them a "reformed" (?) Cobra seeking to avenge the death of his master. Together with the original GI Joe, General Joe Colton (Bruce Willis), they fight against the Cobra Commander who seeks world domination (what else?)
As expected the action sequences were very well-executed. The most breathtaking would be a flying and swinging fight among ninjas on snowy rocky cliff sides. All the sword, gun and fist fights were all so well choreographed and shot. A remarkable Cobra minion is Firefly (Ray Stevenson) with this little mechanical flying bugs, which turn out to be highly explosive bombs. Getting the world leaders of countries with nuclear capability together to blackmail them into doing Cobra's will was a cool idea. However, even when London was seen to be totally destroyed, the reaction to that tragedy seemed to be so inexplicably understated.
Overall it was a good fun way to spend two hours of a lazy Saturday afternoon with the family. However, by the time the next sequel comes along, I don't think I will remember much about this sequel at all, but that remains to be seen.