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G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

Dennis Quaid  Actor Channing Tatum  Actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje  Actor Marlon Wayans  Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt  Actor Rachel Nichols  Actor Sienna Miller  Actor Christopher Eccleston  Actor Sad Taghmaoui  Actor Lee Byung-hun  Actor


MPAA Rating: PG13

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G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

Theatrical Release Date: 2009 08 07 (USA)

UPC: 097360720143

Studio: Paramount

MPAA Rating: PG13   Contains:[Violence]

Summary: Director Stephen Sommers (The Mummy, Van Helsing) adapts the beloved Hasbro G.I. Joe toy line with this Paramount Pictures production that pits the Global Integrated Joint Operating Entity against the evil forces of the organization known as Cobra. Dennis Quaid and Channing Tatum star as General Hawk and Duke Hauser, respectively, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marlon Wayans leading the rest of the cast, including Sienna Miller, Ray Park, Rachel Nichols, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Sad Taghmaoui, and Asian film star Lee Byung-hun. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

Category: Action

Features: cc

Disc One - Feature with Commentary by Director Stephen Sommers and Producer Bob Ducsay

Disc Two - The Big Bang Theory: The Making of G.I. Joe
Next-Gen Action: The Amazing Visual FX and Design of G.I. Joe

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

Format: DVD

Release Date: 11/03/2009

Audio: DD5.1 Dolby Digital 5.1

Runtime: 117 Minutes

Sides: 1

Number of Discs: 1

Language(s) English,French,Spanish

Subtitles: English,French,Spanish

Region: USA & territories, Canada

Chapters: Disc #1 -- G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
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Cammila Collar

Fans of the '80s cartoon series G.I. Joe were aghast when they read the cast list for the 2009 film adaptation of their beloved franchise. Full of teen heartthrobs and tabloid darlings, and with an oddly demure young lad playing the badass Cobra Commander (that kid from 3rd Rock from the Sun?), the usually relishable dream-casting stage of the project fizzled out pretty fast. But even with a weird mix of actors and the use of silly costumes, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra definitely pays homage to the animated series -- so much so, that if your inner 11-year-old isn't ready to come out and play, you can probably just stop reading now and cross this movie off your list.

It's sort of an origin story, explaining how top-of-their-class soldiers Duke (Channing Tatum) and Ripcord (Marlon Wayans) came to be enlisted into the ranks of the titular black-ops military branch, and how the baddies who'd later be known as Destro and Cobra Commander ended up creating the ultra-evil Cobra organization -- all through a plot about some kind of super-weapon falling into the wrong hands and an obligatory lost-love-who-turned-evil (The Baroness, played by Sienna Miller). But you don't really need a reviewer to tell you that the plot isn't really what's important in a movie based on a toy franchise. (Though, in fairness, the story's fine. No overly complex, two-and-a-half hour Michael Bay stuff here.) It's about crazy bionic weapons and explosions and girls in black rubber catsuits with guns strapped to their thighs. It's about guys riding a clear elevator to the main floor of the team headquarters to find people sparring and repelling off walls and testing invisibility suits, all in the same room. It's about a guilt-ridden soldier who can't forgive himself for letting his comrade die rolling up to the funeral on a Harley V-twin chopper and staring pensively from a distance.

You see, in spite of the technical changes -- some of which are not worthy of defending -- and the usual choice to base lots of stuff on the comics rather than the cartoon (who the hell is Breaker?), the overall feeling of the movie is actually pretty faithful to the animated series that most people are familiar with. It was that odd mix of straight-faced earnestness and bananas action that made the cartoon so much fun, and that's what the movie delivers. When it's exciting, it's exciting, and when it's campy, nobody has to wink at you to tell you that it's okay to laugh. Some of the CGI is pretty sad (there's a polar bear that looks crappier than those Coke commercials from 1993) and they probably didn't hire a fact checker for the script, but thankfully none of that detracts from making it just what it should be: a great popcorn flick. ~ Cammila Collar, Rovi

Cast and Crew: Gary Barber  Executive Producer 
Roger Birnbaum  Executive Producer 
Bob Ducsay  Producer 
Alan Silvestri  Composer (Music Score) 
Stephen Sommers  Director 
Stephen Sommers  Executive Producer 
David Womark  Executive Producer 
David Elliot  Screenwriter 
Stuart Beattie  Screenwriter 
Lorenzo Di Bonaventura  Producer 
Paul Lovett  Screenwriter 
Erik Howsam  Executive Producer 
Brian Goldner  Producer 
Dennis Quaid  Actor 
Channing Tatum  Actor 
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje  Actor 
Marlon Wayans  Actor 
Joseph Gordon-Levitt  Actor 
Rachel Nichols  Actor 
Sienna Miller  Actor 
Christopher Eccleston  Actor 
Sad Taghmaoui  Actor 
Lee Byung-hun  Actor 
Ray Park  Actor 
Jonathan Pryce  Actor 
Arnold Vosloo  Actor 
Karolina Kurkova  Actor 

Country: USA