My Thoughts On… GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra

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Synopsis

An elite military unit comprised of special operatives known as G.I. Joe, operating out of The Pit, takes on an evil organization led by a notorious arms dealer. (from IMDb)

What I Liked

  • I watched this film on the television one night, mainly because I was bored, and because I wanted to see if there was anything about Channing Tatum I could find to like (I’m not a fan). As it turned out, I like his voice, but I don’t love him as an actor, and I can’t see what everyone finds so attractive.
  • I enjoyed the Lost connection: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Saïd Taghmaoui were Mr Eko and Caesar, respectively. It was strange to hear Mr Eko with his native English accent though!
  • Dennis Quaid is always a joy.

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What I Didn’t Like

  • There was so much not to like about this film. I have no problem with CGI effects, but there was something offensively computer-y about them in this film. Whenever the gang arrived or departed at The Pit in an aircraft, the effects were just so obvious. CGI should blend into a film seamlessly, in my opinion.
  • Christopher Eccleston doesn’t have the best Scottish accent in the world. Evidently the character in the comic books is Scottish, so I guess he had to be for the films too, but they really should have picked a Scot, or someone who can do a decent accent.
  • Sienna Miller doesn’t put in the best acting performance of her life. I can’t honestly say that I’ve seen her in much, so I don’t know if this is standard, or just a blip. It was literally no surprise whatsoever to learn that she won the Razzie for Worst Supporting Actress.
  • There’s a scene in which, Sienna Miller, as the Duchess, enters a lift, forcing a woman out by shouting and pointing a gun at her, and then says “Nice shoes.” It’s a truly terrible line, which isn’t funny, isn’t well delivered, and does women everywhere a disservice by suggesting that they are often distracted by other women’s lovely shoes. Based on this one example, it should be needless to say that this is not a great script.
  • I do enjoy an action film, but there has to be a semblance of a decent plot to go along with the action scenes. There wasn’t here, not especially.
  • There’s not enough Dennis Quaid.

There was actually quite a lot more about this film that I didn’t enjoy, but it was some time ago that I watched it, and I think I’ve probably blocked large parts of it from my mind.

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