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|08-07-2009, 08:54 PM||#971|
Join Date: May 2009
about snakes beating ss: the comics spelled it out: snakes is the superior with blade, stormy with the bow...
|08-07-2009, 08:55 PM||#972|
Finally Married! 10/13/12
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Milwaukee, WI
I have to say that I LOVED this movie. I have to be honest and say that I have not really seen any of the cartoons, and have NEVER read a comic, but due to my boyfriend, my son, and my boyfriends 2 boys I have gotten into Joe and I LOVED IT!! Non stop action and you don't have to know all about joe to enjoy this movie.. I give it 2 thumbs up and a HUGE YO JOE!!!!! LOVED IT!!!
|08-07-2009, 08:58 PM||#973|
Join Date: Feb 2009
Great movie, I really enjoyed the backs story of the characters. I enjoyed that the action was non stop, I know that sometimes the first movie in the series can be long and boring to people who don't know nothing about the movie. I took friends with me who knew nothing about G.I. Joe, and let's just say they are fans now. The team of The Baroness and Storm Shadow played really well together. I could feel the cold heart and evil of cobra from the acting of thoose characters. For me they made the movie feel real. Lastly General Hawk I thouught was played very well. G.I. Joe in the cartoons was always a little ra! ra! and I thought that was played throught the General Hawk character in the movie which was good to see. It made me remember my childhood and getting my first Duke toy. All and all great movie!!!!!!!!!!!1
|08-07-2009, 09:00 PM||#974|
Behind Enemy Lines
Join Date: Sep 2007
OK, I might as well chime in. My 9 yr old and I saw it with a friend and his 9 yr old. He was a fan but didn't really know or remember much about the continuity. I was almost embarrassed by having to fill him in on the details.
The boys liked it a lot!! My friend liked it a lot!! I...thought it was OK. While I thought the Baroness was the best part of the movie, ironically, I also thought it was the worst!?! I mean the relationship between her and Duke???
Actually, I think Ripcord's constant flirting with Scarlett may actually annoy me more! I was like..."c'mon Snakes, knock his ass out"...but it never happened :(
Which leads me to my favorite character...SE...LAME!!! I say that in the context of my own brain, of course. I just know that SE could have been much, much, much better.
|08-07-2009, 09:01 PM||#975|
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Memphis, Tennessee
Instead of cherry-picking the 40-year-old G.I. Joe toy, comic, and cartoon franchise for elements to construct a plausibly grounded military actioner, director Stephen Sommers has gone whole hog in filming a comic story that's photoreal, with impressive, weighty effects, but also laughably devoted to preserving the ultra-convoluted, "anything goes" comic ethos that previous tent-poles like Spider-Man have diluted. This adherence to comic logic is perhaps most embodied in the villain, McCullen (Christopher Eccleston), a Euro baddie and honcho of weapons manufacturer M.A.R.S., whose main gripe is a 350-year-old insult to his Scottish clan. Then there's the Baroness, who is both a British peer and a wealthy Washington D.C. socialite but displays the persona of a high school girl. After a betrayal by a loved one, witnessed in compact flashbacks, the Baroness takes up freelance villainy and dyes her blond hair brown, which is one way comic characters express dissatisfaction; another is faking their own death, which a different character does. None of this feels out of place when you consider that M.A.R.S. and G.I. J.O.E. also each employ one traditionally-suited Japanese ninja, presumably because of a mutual understanding that it's simply cool to have one-on-one ninja fights erupt during their otherwise inconclusive skirmishes.
One of the few ways Sommers tethers his comic fantasy to the recognizably real world is through an unexpected reliance on brutal violence. Guilty, innocent, and even harmless characters in G.I. Joe are shot, blown up, skewered on swords, vaporized by energy weapons, and executed at point-blank range, though blood is almost nonexistent and the characters are invariably so one-dimensional as to make no emotional impact, alive or dead. Sommers ups the ante for its own sake, racking up a body count for more or less the same reason that he presents busty, redheaded Joe team member Scarlett (Rachel Nichols) bouncing on treadmills and engaged in flirtation with a fellow team memberóbecause the audience isn't there for a treatise on NATO regulations. In touching the upper boundaries of his PG-13 rating, Sommers seems to be operating under what he perceives as a pact between himself and his 11-year-old fanbase, to simply provide them with as much awesome shit as he's allowed to shovel at the screen; that shit includes an elaborately designed M.A.R.S. headquarters submerged under the polar ice caps and patrolled by a minefield of mechanized sea bass, a drivable drill weapon the Baroness uses to penetrate the walls of G.I. J.O.E. secret headquarters (Brendan Fraser is glimpsed as a gym instructor there!) and a pair of mechanized, flight-capable body suits that tear up the streets of Paris in one rousing scene, and should have G.I. J.O.E.'s legal department buzzing with calls from Marvel Entertainment.
For a film like G.I. Joe, with an outlandish roster of villains, which even includes a German expressionist-style mad scientist played to the campy hilt by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, cardboard heroes are the traditional counterweight to the bad guys' outlandishness. Still, even cardboard isn't as stiff as G.I. J.O.E. team leaders Duke (Channing Tatum, whose looks and charisma would seem to make him more suited for a film adaptation of Mr. Potato Head) and Ripcord (an insufferable, unconvincing Marlon Wayans, representing perhaps the worst casting choice since Cheri Oteri played a Marxist guerilla in Southland Tales) who combined have less depth than the holographic Dennis Quaid who beams up after the initial battle to growl at Duke and Ripcord for a few minutes before predictably inviting them into his secret underground lair.
Still, unlike the atrocious Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, which was just a random assemblage of footage that few reasonable people could enjoy, G.I. Joe is not a fraudulent entertainment. It arrives at the court of 11-year-old public opinion fully prepared and confident in its wares, with a handful of expensive, ass-kicking set pieces and exposition filler that's designed to float by as painlessly as possibleónothing more. Knowing that going in is, well, half the battle.
|08-07-2009, 09:03 PM||#976|
Join Date: Jun 2008
I was born in 1970.... I had the privilege of getting my brothers hand-me-down GI JOEs (12") when I was really young. As I got older I was steadfast in my devotion to GI JOE. So in the 80's it was no surprise to find me fighting for freedom with the 3 3/4" line. The thing I love about GI JOE is that you don't have to follow the story line provided by the comics, the cartoons or the file-cards. It's a military based adventure that you make up as you go, with your own imagination.
So, having said that.... I can assure you that I have no problem with directors or writers taking liberties and going off mission here and there.....So long as they don't go AWOL!!!!
As far as I'm concerned. I went to see this film with the expectation of seeing a spectacular reinvention and modernization of an old fashioned American pop culture Icon, geared for an international 21st century audience....
Apparently someone forgot to tell the director and writers and producers that the objective was to still make a good movie.
This film was bad.... Not as in "BADASS"... But as in poorly executed... This film diverted so far from any semblance of coherent continuity that it sabotaged its own objective.
Now I did say I don't mind a diversion from the original scope of operations. Some might call that dramatic license....
However when you do a film about a "Top Secret" Elite covert military unit. That specializes in counter terrorism and doesn't have the need to be classified "Top Secret".... Because no one knows it exists. The end product should resemble something more akin to a real world military operation with top Intel and state of the art hardware utilized by highly trained operatives. Like "The Bourne Trilogy" or "Mission Impossible"....
What you shouldn't end up with is a film set in "The not too distant future".... That some how seems to be light years ahead of any current technology based time line. With an ancestry mythos doled out in snippets of flashbacks who's eras seem like the dark-ages in comparison to what is presented as the films current events..... But, according to dramatic license, it's only 4 years for some and 20 for others....?
The film suffers from not just bad acting ("Quaid... Start the detractor").
But it seems to stake it's survival on a mission plan of over indulgence (followed by shear reliance) in some obviously substandard CGI.
The elevator ride in "The Pit" seemed as though the director wanted to take the tour of "Future World" while on his way to "Sci-Fi Land". Which is obviously located somewhere between the spot on the map that says "You are here!" and China..... "If ya go that deep? Don't you hit China?"
Some how this was built under an endless desert in the middle of nowhere. The only indigenous inhabitants are a Nomad and his three Camels.... "Wait!" "He's not indigenous!" "He's a Nomad!" "Now that works!"
"Ya know... With all the water from the Nautical operations training level. Ya might actually be able to grow something in that desert... Now that's more like it! Only an "Elite covert military unit. That specializes in counter terrorism and doesn't have the need to be classified "Top Secret".... Because no one knows it exists." would have the guts to take all the available water just to make a subterranean sea, complete with it's own obstacle course for "SEADOOS"."
As interesting as the "Paris chase" is to watch. It seems totally out of character for an "Elite covert military unit. That specializes in counter terrorism and doesn't have the need to be classified "Top Secret".... Because no one knows it exists." "But... I guess that's why they can be arrested. Because no one knows they are trying to save the world. Especially after the 2 newest recruits run rough-shot through Paris dressed up like Robocop and a T-800's offspring. Causing Collateral Damage that would make Arnold cringe. (He will be back!)"
The best part of this film is that the director was told (as in not given a choice by Hasbro) to make the ending set the stage for the future. Cause if it wasn't obvious from the title to everyone already. We really needed to be told to call him "Commander". It's almost like hitting yourself in the face with the pie you just baked.... It's a good thing that most sequels suck compared to their originals. This sequel is guaranteed to be better. The way I see it. The only way the sequel could be a bust is if they cast "JAR JAR BINKS" as "Serpentor"....
I give this film a "SECTION-8"!!!!
It miss-fired on the "Elite covert yada-yada.... Oh Whatever!"
It self destructed faster than a Nitroglycerin IED on the back of a 1 legged suicide bomber in a pothole jumping contest."
|08-07-2009, 09:08 PM||#977|
Join Date: May 2009
Location: canoga park california
ALL I HAVE TO SAY IS YOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO JOOOOOOOOOOOOEEEEE!!!! The movie was great, the theatre was filled with old skool fans and families alike, talked to a few other long time die hard joe fans and they loved it too!! Good Job Steven Summers gonna go see it again with a friend on sunday!
|08-07-2009, 09:11 PM||#978|
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Memphis, Tennessee
You people really have no taste...
|08-07-2009, 09:12 PM||#979|
Join Date: May 2009
pompus opinionated much???
I guess you will be comparing this to schindlers list too?
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|08-07-2009, 09:18 PM||#980|
Behind Enemy Lines
Join Date: Sep 2007
love it or hate it...it was a Joe movie! And that in and of itself is pretty cool!! It WAS pretty much brainless fun (I wish I could ride like Scarlett!) but fun it was!
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