G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

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Released 2009

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Director:
Stephen Sommers
Released:
2009
Rating:
PG-13

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra is the live-action movie adaptation of the world of G.I. Joe, with the action packed cartoon and the hugely popular Hasbro Action Figures coming to life as favorites Snake Eyes, Destro, Storm Shadow, Baroness and more hit the big screen. The G.I. Joe team, lead by Duke (Channing Tatum) is on a mission to deliver four warheads to NATO that are strong enough to destroy an entire city, when they are ambushed by The Baroness. They get away and hide the warheads in The Pit, their Egypt command center. The creator of the warheads, James McCullen, is revealed to be creating an army of soldiers, and plans to create chaos and panic and lead in a new world order. When Cobra forces find their base and retrieve the warheads, the Joes follow them to Paris, but it is too late and they destroy The Eiffel Tower. The Joes must fight to stop the Doctor from using the rest of the weapons before it is too late. The favorite toys from your childhood come to life in the action packed G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.

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  • 70

    Variety

    While thesping is not the main game here, having a cast of bright young things certainly helps, and Quaid gets in a few nice John Wayne-like moments as the no-nonsense boss.

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times

    The action is mostly brisk and bracing and the battleground, particularly Cobra's headquarters -- a vast network of tunnels under the polar ice cap -- are wonderfully imagined, as ...

  • 10

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    This pricey, juiceless pulp could never have been killed by critics, simply because it was already dead.

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    Thrillers, comic book movie, good vs. evil, vicious firefight, gunfights