GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra

GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra

In the future A scene from the film GI Joe: Rise of Cobra.

The hastily constructed plot of GI Joe: Rise of Cobra is set somewhere in the near future wherein elite members of the ‘GI Joe’ team have to take on a tech-savvy weapons dealer out to destroy the world, region by region, with his nano-weapon.

Duke (Tatum) is a new recruit leading the team to retrieve the stolen weapons. However, the story gets murkier when he realises that his ex-fiancee Baroness (Sienna Miller) is on the other side of the law. The film tries hard to highlight and relate the two through disjointed flashbacks and occasional encounters. However, all efforts to create a chemistry between them fails miserably.

Miller can hardly build up the requisite emotions.

Tatum dedicatedly works hard to be the cool and determined GI Jeo cadre but with a hollow script his character too falls flat just as his commander’s — Mr Hawk (Dennis Quaid). Even the guest appearance and supposed-to-be-fun cameo by Brendon Fraser is hardly noticeable.

The central problem of this film lies in mixing the 80’s GI Joe characters and the future weapons of the 21st century. The end result is a messy and dry crime-fighting story.
GI Joe as the multinational crime-fighting team members on the big screen are a bunch of emotionless characters. It’s a big disapointment for fans. The film is either too childish for an average audience and too messy for kids to grab the adventure.

With its endless session of explosions and digital supremacy, few kids may shout  “Yo Joe!” (GI Joe’s battle cry) while the majority are sure to say, “Stop it, Joe!”

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