Number of Times Seen – 2 (20 Aug 2009 in Theater and 25 Jan 2018)
Brief Synopsis – An Elite Army unit working under the UN must try and stop a terrorist organization from getting control of a new kind of weapon developed by a leading arms dealer.
My Take on it – I have always been a fan of the G. I. Joe comic book and recall looking forward to this film when it was announced.
The cartoon series of the 1980’s was also somewhat enjoyable eventhough they made it too child friendly.
Unfortunately, they did a terrible job of adapting this film to the screen.
Part of the reason that I loved the comic and cartoon was the way that they created a team of army specialists that were able to work together while fighting for freedom.
Yes, the fact that they all had funny looking outfits was always a sore point, yet it did wonders in differentiating between the various characters.
THis film tries to modernize the idea yet also gives the characters all a set uniform which is both good and bad.
The cats is fine here, but none of them really stand out from any of the others.
The story itself is somewhat clever and thrilling and has potential yet it gets too far-fetched along the way and in the end it all is put together quite poorly.
Some of which reaches a point where it becomes laughable especially the fact that one of the main characters fights in a rubber suit. Snake-Eyes was always the coolest character in the series, yet here he is quite silly.
If you want to get a real idea of how this all is suppose to work and come together, you should read the comic or if you’re desperate, watch the cartoon series. Both of them do a much more plausible job of getting the point across than they were able to do with this adaptation.
Bottom Line – Not a great adaptation of this series to the screen. Part of the draw of the comic and animated stories was the way that the team was comprised of specialists in various fields, but the attempt to modernize it just doesn’t work well enough. The cast is ok here, but no one really stands out. The way that they present this story comes across really poorly and its all laughable to watch especially the rubber suit of Snake-Eyes. Read the comic or if desperate, watch the cartoon, because they both do a more plausible job of making this enjoyable than this adaptation does.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In real life, “G.I. Joe” was a generic term for general infantrymen in the United States Army during World War II. In an early script for this film, G.I.J.O.E. was going to be used as an acronym for “Global Integrated Joint Operating Entity.” It was later decided not to go this route after a huge outcry from Joe fans and patriots prior to the movie’s editing. (From IMDB)
Rating – Razzie Worthy
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