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G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra [DVD]

Dennis Quaid , Channing Tatum , Stephen Sommers    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Dennis Quaid, Channing Tatum, Marlon Wayans, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Christopher Eccleston
  • Directors: Stephen Sommers
  • Writers: Stephen Sommers, David Elliot, Michael Gordon, Paul Lovett, Stuart Beattie
  • Producers: Bob Ducsay, Brian Goldner
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Dec 2009
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,718 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Live action, based on the Hasbro toys. G.I. JOE (Global Integrated Joint Operating Entity), with headquarters in Brussels, battles a n evil arms-dealing syndicate headed by a Scot.


The Rise of Cobra is not your grandfather's G.I. Joe. It's more like C.G.I. Joe with explosive special-effects action sequences that provide the film with a surplus of "Boom Boom Pow" (to quote the Black Eyed Peas song that drives the end credits). This blast from the summer past is very much like the metal-munching nano-mite missiles a (literally) mad Doctor (Joseph Gordon-Levitt cashing in some of his indie cred) and McCullen, a Scottish weapons dealer (Christopher Eccleston), threaten to unleash upon the world. It never stops. Ever. The original G.I. Joe action figure was an all-American hero. These Joes are--all together now--"the best of the best," an elite multi-national squad. Two soldiers, Duke (a buff Channing Tatum), an "on the ground, in the fight" kind of guy, and Ripcord (Marlon Wayans), his wisecracking best friend, are rescued by the Joes after they are ambushed while transporting the missiles. These are no ordinary Joes. Snake-Eyes (Ray Park) is a silent ninja, Stella (Rachel Nichols) a bodacious brainiac, Heavy Duty (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) the imposing weapons specialist, and Breaker (Said Taghamaoui) the techie. They are led by gruff Gen. Hawk (Dennis Quaid), who barks out lines like, "When all else fails, we don't," with polish. Duke and Ripcord are recruited to join the classified unit after Duke discovers that Ana (Sienna Miller), his former fiancée, is in cahoots with McCullen and now sports the sinister moniker the Baroness, not to mention killer cleavage-enhancing latex outfits. This being the first in a budding franchise, there is much backstory to cover. Flashbacks date back to 1641! But the order of the day is underground military command centers, underwater evil lairs, gleaming high-tech weaponry, breakneck chases, and cool gadgets, such as a speed-accelerating hydraulic suit. It's enough to make you want to dust off your original Hasbro action figures or, the studio no doubt hopes, buy the new ones. --Donald Liebenson

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good - even if it is a kids' film 15 Dec 2011
I fully expected this to be absolutely awful - but shame on me, because I actually quite enjoyed it. If you have children, any preteen boy will lap this up, and even if you don't I suspect you'll enjoy it too.

Sienna miller makes an appearance, which is always good - and this time we get to see what she looks like with black hair instead of blonde too. And I have to say the story was actually pretty good. It revolved around a new type of nano-bot warhead which falls into the wrong hands, so although futuristic, it wasn't too far fetched.

There were also quite a few twists and turns, which again, surprisingly I must admit I didn't see coming. This certainly became true as the film progressed and really started to make use of the 'G.I. Joe' franchise. This was one aspect I really liked. It felt like the writers had really taken the time to get this film to work as a 'G.I. Joe' film. And they succeeded.

If like me you grew up in the 80s playing with 'Action Force' toys, which later became Americanised as 'G.I. Joe' you'll recognise more than one or two of the characters from when you used to play with them on your bedroom floor, and I thought that some of them were very cleverly integrated into the film and used to build the story. Or rather part 1 of it.

The film is called G.I. Joe - 'The rise of Cobra', and it certainly feels like the start of something. I for one hope there's a second instalment on the way, as the film cleverly sets up what by all accounts could turn out to be a classic, story of politics and war. The ending makes it clear that that's the intention, leaving it wide open for part 2 in a tantalising way.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Thrills, spills, and belly laughs 28 Mar 2010
I was intrigued by this film due to the casting of Chris Eccleston, and the Mancunian actor's faintly dodgy Scottish accent notwithstanding, he and the film acquit themselves pretty well overall. Eccleston is the film's bad guy; oily businessman and magnetic industrialist, he also has a skeleton in his closet and a family history that means he is desperate for vengeance. With Hollywood veteran go-to guy Dennis Quaid as a no-nonsense General in charge of the eponymous elite fighting force, Sienna Miller as the femme fatale, and British stage and screen legend Jonathan Pryce playing the US President, there is no shortage of talent, and the action too is abundant and relentless. Whilst by its very nature a mindless action-adventure movie, this one does rise above its peers due to plenty of dry humour (mainly provided by Marlon Wyans' wisecracking squaddie), some nifty gadgets, and a certain joie de vivre, that even the gruesome opening scene can't dampen. Director Stephen Sommers provides a tone similar to that of his hit movies The Mummy [DVD] [1999] and The Mummy Returns [DVD] [2001], and also a host of lesser known but still familiar character actors (Arnold Vosloo and Kevin J O'Connor to name but two); Sommers' skill for great entertainment without emotional depth is still intact, and after the debacle that was the recent Transformers 2, I was cheered to see that this kind of popcorn movie can still be done so well.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GI Joe full of action 3 Jan 2010
If you are looking for a solid story then this is not the movie for you, many of the movies lately coming out of the movie factories are lacking a good story. If you like action movies and technology then I recommend this.
The gadgets are cool, the babes are nice to look at, the bad guys are mostly easy to spot.
The fighting is from nice to good, I especially like the power suits. I want one too :-)
Imagine what it could have been if a team of good writers would have also given this a consistant and unpredictable scenario...
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Over-the-top, non-stop and fun - 3.5 stars 12 Aug 2009
Being a big fan of the toys, cartoon and comics as a kid (it was called Action Force and Action Man in the UK) I was interested in seeing how Stephen Sommers would adapt it into a live-action big screen movie. And although it was 90% CGI for a majority of the film, the plot was paper-thin, the acting wasn't great, the action was completely unbelievable and over the top and it was generally pretty brainless, I found it to be incredibly fun and very entertaining. As long as you don't take this film seriously at all - it is just a movie for big kids at the end of the day - and you enjoy action films then you should like this, especially if like myself you grew up with it all. The CGI was very top-end quality with some of the most visually stunning special effects I have seen, particularly the whole section in Paris. The action was literally non-stop from the opening scene and doesn't slow down for a second. The characters are all great and stay true to their cartoon and comic book forms, but there are plenty not used in this so I can see a whole bunch of sequels on the horizon.

Overall this probably won't be everyone's cup of tea but for me, I enjoyed it for what it was and will definitely be getting it on Blu Ray when it's released later in the year. If you enjoy films like XXX and TRANSFORMERS then you'll most probably like GI JOE too.
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