There's a certain set of expectations you need to go into a movie like this. By a movie like this, I mean 1) They didn't screen it for critics. 2) It's star (Sienna Miller) admits upfront that it's not the best acting they've ever done. 3) Rumors swirled about this film months before it's release about the studio not liking it.
With that being said, my only expectation going into this film was that I wanted to see some explode, and I wanted to see Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Cobra Commander. I was disappointed.
GI Joe: is based of the series of comic books and children toys from the 80's-90's. This film tried to base it off the comics. A special team of operatives lead by Hawk (Dennis Quaid, who obviously did this just for the pay check) consists of Duke (a very wooden Channing Tatum), Ripcord (slightly amusing Marlon Waynes) Scarlett (Rachel Nichols, who has absolutely nothing to do) Heavy Duty (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) and Snake Eyes (the always cool, yet mute Ray Park). They are going up against COBRA which consists of The Baroness (Sienna Miller, who didn't even try to act in this movie) and Storm Shadow (Byyng-hung Lee)
The best actor in this entire movie is Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Doctor..who in the last 5 mins of the movie finally puts on the freaking Cobra mask) and he barely had anything to do! Levitt at least looked like he was having fun with the roll. The best action sequence in the entire movie was the chase through Paris, and they showed that in all the previews, so seeing it again wasn't as great as it should've been. The acting is wooden (Minus Gordon-Levitt, and I'll admit that Marlon Waynes had decent comic relief) the special effects were ok. Maybe my problem with this film is I went into it after reading Ebert's review saying it was better than Transformers 2. But I have to disagree. I laughed in Transformers..can't really say that about GI Joe. Which is such a disappointment, because I really do want to like EVERYTHING that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is in.
Recommended: No (unless your are a JGL die hard that just loves to see him work) 2/5 stars
Memorable Quote: "The time has come for the cobra to rise up and reveal himself. You will call me... Commander." - The Doctor. (Joseph Gordon Levitt)