If I had to describe this film in two words, it would be wasted potential. First time director Wally Pfister tripped out of the gate with this film... That combined with the sub par script and surprisingly pedestrian acting led to what I'd consider an epic failure when compared to what could have been. That being said, I actually did enjoy this film for the most part. It's riddled with inconsistencies and plot holes big enough to drive through, but if you can overlook the logic of it all and just sit back and watch, I think most people will be entertained. The message Pfister and crew are trying to instill in the audience is done in a horribly overt fashion... It's basically like being slapped in the face by a technology warning and a pro-environment flyer. Bottom line, this is in no way, shape, or form a good movie; but some people will be entertained by it... Can't say I'd recommend it though.
In what is quickly becoming the worst active franchise in hollywood, G.I. Joe marches on with Jon Chu at the helm. Though Chu did improve upon the first film by adding a straightforward, albeit generic, structure and a semi-entertaining plot; the film still wreaked of pointless action and Michael Bay-esque action sequences. The dialogue, acting, action, and effects were all greatly improved upon (with a lower budget), but it was far from enough to turn this series into an enjoyable moviegoing experience. Bottom line, it's an entertaining popcorn flick, but that's all it is... I wouldn't recommend it.
Stephen Sommers (director of one of my guilty pleasure sci-fi favs Deep Rising), is quickly becoming known for his signature ability to combine pure action with no actual content whatsoever. Honestly, it's impressive how little he's able to put into these popcorn blockbusters, and G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra is the crowning jewel of these. Stuffed with explosions, cheesy dialogue, and fight sequences; this movie barely even qualifies as a film... It's essentially a toned down version of the second and third Transformers films. Bottom line, this franchise will make loads of money for those involved, but for anyone who doesn't feel like getting a two hour long slap in the face, stay away.
This film is everything you could have hoped for and a tad more... A star studded cast combined with first rate CGI makes for a Summer flick for the ages, few movies provide the same entertainment value... As far as flaws go, the script lacked depth. Maybe I was expecting more because of director Joss Whedon's extraordinary film The Cabin In The Woods released earlier this year, but for whatever reason, that's the reason this epic action flick came up just short having any real meaning or lasting value