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Old August 7 2009, 10:22 PM   #76
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Below Average. With extreme prejudice.
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Old August 7 2009, 10:28 PM   #77
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-BRENDAN FRAISER AS MUTHAFUCKIN' FLINT!!
sorry, he's not Flint, he's Sgt. Stone.
Seriously? He looked just like Flint. He even had a beret. A BERET!
The director's partner asked him to do a cameo. He agreed to play Gung Ho, not knowing what Gung Ho looked like. Not wanting to look like "one of the Village People" he went to wardrobe and picked out his own stuff making up a new character.
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Old August 7 2009, 10:30 PM   #78
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Above average. Loved it from start to finish. Fun summer movie with lots of action, a few laughs, great fight scenes, and an interesting twist on the characters.

Looking forward to the sequel already.
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Old August 7 2009, 11:16 PM   #79
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Above average.

Saw the movie today, noon Twin Cities time, & loved it. Growing up watching the cartoon & getting what figures I could I have always been a big fan & after hearing that the movie was not screened for critics I was worried since that usually means the movie's gonna suck. Thank the Baroness it didn't.

Great action & effects. The acting won't garner any Oscars® but I didn't think it was that bad. Loved the scenes that went back in time to tell some of the main characters back story, was kind of surprised when Cobra Commander was actually Rex. I always liked the mysteriousness of the character’s true background & found him exceptionally creepy here. He wasn’t the fool the cartoon often made him out to be. Liked Marlon Wayans was great in this movie I thought, just the right amount of funny stuff to make the movie a bit lighter & Channing Tatum was great as Duke. I’d never heard of him until this movie, but thought he & Marlon played well off each other. As mentioned elsewhere Siena Miller and especially Rachel Nichols (love redheads) smokin’ hot & their fight scene was nothing I’d want to be in the middle of. Sadly Dennis Quaid didn't have more to do, as one can tell from my avatar I’m a fan. Maybe he’ll get more to do in the sequel because they did leave the movie wide open for one (pleas do well @ the box office).

The fighting between Snake & Storm was intense, the main event of the movie. The costume for Snake couldn’t have been comfortable at all & was it me or was he on the receiving end of a double-bladed weapon. I’m looking forward to seeing (actually seeing Ray Park) in Heroes. Storm could return in a second film, falling into the icy water could save his life for a plotline.

I actually liked the cameo Brendan Fraser made, maybe setting himself up for the sequel. The way Destro received his look was better than the mask Commander ended up with at the end, I kind of always liked how commander’s was always hidden. I would have liked to see a bit more of Heavy Duty or some other characters but I guess that will have to wait for the next one.

All in all a lot better than I thought it would be & I may see it again.
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Old August 8 2009, 01:06 AM   #80
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I rate GI Joe as average.

I had very, very low expectations for the movie going in. The trailer didn't impress me, nor did most of the casting, except for Ray Park. I was a major fan of GI Joe: A Real American Hero cartoon, not so much the 80's comics, and the trailers and info I was hearing about this movie sounded like apostasy. Plus, I got an early peek at CC's mask courtesy of this board and I damn near went ballistic.

But after I bought the GI Joe Season 1 set and looked back on the history of GI Joe, I can imagine that an older generation might've looked the same way on the 80's Joes that I revered. With that mindset, I tried to give the Joe movie a fair shake.

I thought it was pretty mindless, loud action, a little too CGI heavy at points. But looking back at the cartoon, with its fantastical elements, I can't fault most of the super hi-tech in the film, though I'm still not sold on the accelerator suits. And I don't get why they let the rookies wear them? I know I should leave logic and reason behind with this film, but it was a question that popped into my head.

I thought the Joes handled their roles fairly well. Marlon Wayans wasn't as bad as I thought he would be. I liked his flirtation with Scarlett. Hopefully a romance will develop there. Duke was okay, though I don't think he was as dashing as the cartoon Duke, though true to the cartoon, Tatum's Duke also had a penchant for getting captured. Rachel Nichols was quite the vision as Scarlett. I thought Breaker and Heavy Duty also had nice chemistry with the team, though they didn't do much. Ray Park was great as Snake Eyes, but I didn't like the molded look of his suit, particularly the lips. At first I thought that Dennis Quaid was a good choice for Hawk, but I think he overdid it a bit. I wished for the quieter gravitas of Bruce Greenwood's Pike.

As for Cobra, Eccelston (?) was fine as Destro, though I miss the deep bass voice of the cartoon version. Sienna Miller was passable as the Baroness, though I would've preferred the colder, hardcore East European (?) version from the cartoon. The cartoon Baroness was perhaps more over the top than Miller, but far more ruthless. I rolled my eyes at the Duke-Baroness relationship, but as the movie went on I didn't totally gag because it opens up some new territory for the characters to explore. Also, I felt a little better about Miller-Baroness's somewhat predictable, but totally out of character, change of heart after the flashback with Rex injecting her with the nanomites. I was wondering how Miller's character became such a villainous badass as I was watching the film, but the nanomites explain it. I was prepared to hate Rex, but I thought Levitt did a decent job. The voice was different than Chris Latta's, but creepy enough. I still don't like Cobra Commander's mask, but I didn't hate it as much when I saw it on the big screen as I did on the toy. It seemed a bit more metallic and somewhat in line with the Neo-Vipers.

I really liked the Neo-Vipers. They were pretty badass, and I liked their mask-helmets. I wish they had done a better job though accessorizing them for the winter base. I thought Vosloo made for a good Zartan. But I think my favorite Cobra was Storm Shadow. Watching the cartoons again, I realized how lame they made Storm Shadow. This movie corrected that. SS is pretty ruthless and far more effective than he ever was in the cartoon. The Snake Eyes-Storm Shadow fights were perhaps the best thing in the movie.

I think the ending was a pretty confident move on Sommers part. I hope he gets another chance, though I'm not sure if I want to see another installment. It is GI Joe, but it isn't my GI Joe.

But just in case I change my mind about a sequel...If there is a sequel I hope they bring in Gung Ho, Shipwreck, Flint, and Lady Jaye for the Joes. A cameo from Sgt. Slaughter wouldn't hurt either. For Cobra, I want to see Major Bludd-he was often unsung but I thought he was hard core. I wouldn't mind seeing Firefly, the Dreadnoks, Tomax and Xamot either.
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Old August 8 2009, 01:11 AM   #81
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Well, it was definitely worth $4.00 to go see. I thought it captured a lot of the elements of the cartoon series.

The plot was relatively simple, but easy to follow. Although a number of changes were made, for the most part they made some sense.

As some have pointed out, the fighting scenes were much easier to follow because they didn't use the shaky camera effect.
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Old August 8 2009, 02:29 AM   #82
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Ebert's review is in.

He gave it * 1/2 stars, but on the GI Joe DVD cover you can almost guarantee this quote:

"...better than Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen." -- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
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Old August 8 2009, 03:17 AM   #83
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Ebert's review is in.

He gave it * 1/2 stars, but on the GI Joe DVD cover you can almost guarantee this quote:

"...better than Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen." -- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Even dog shit is better than TF2.
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Old August 8 2009, 03:45 AM   #84
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Know what? Fuck the critics.

This film is the best turn-your-brain-off action film I've seen this year. I came in expecting a good time and I got it. I had a big stupid grin on my face through most of the movie. The plot is cliched, the action is ridiculous, everything about this movie is just plain silly, but damn it all if I care. I had a damn good time. It's not at all like that horrid Tansformers 2, that made me feel like I was under assault. If you want explosions, action, ninjas, guns, car chases, and just plain fun, go see this. Oh, I also might add that Baroness and Scarlet are the best eye candy of the year as well (to hell with Megan Fox.)

As far as the action scenes go, I thought the chase in Paris was worth the price of admission alone (even if the ending of it was spoiled by the trailers.) Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow were also both completely awesome. Both of their fights scenes were great. Snake Eyes in particular walked away with the entire movie.
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Old August 8 2009, 04:09 AM   #85
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Above average.

It is way over the top action, but it is great fun. It felt kind of like Starship Troopers to me, only without the Nazi undertones.
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Old August 8 2009, 05:30 AM   #86
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Now that was truly dreadful. Only the on-screen presence of the lovely Rachel Nichols and, of course, the real-life presence of my 14-year old son, who wanted to see it for his birthday, kept me from bailing out early on. Bleccchhh.
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Old August 8 2009, 06:12 AM   #87
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Great movie, this is the type of movie ive been waiting for since Transfomers sucked hard this year.

I watched G.I. Joe as a kid but i honestly dont remember much about it so i walked into this movie cold not knowing the characters except Destro and Cobra and dont remember the story line from the cartoon.

But it was fun to watch and great to see the REAL DOCTOR
(Christopher Eccleston) how i miss you from Doctor Who.

Honestly if not for MR. Eccleston i wouldnt of went out and watched this movie, so he can be thanks for my $8 bucks and well worth it.

This movie is going to rock on Blu-ray.

If you want to see a good action movie, with Ninja's and hot chicks and lots of stuff get blown up, go check this out. As i said i didnt no the characters and i wasnt lost at all.
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Old August 8 2009, 06:26 AM   #88
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It started off badly and slowly grew on me. Channing Tatum is a horrible actor, but overall, it made a nice mix of the spirit of the comic and the cartoon. Parts of it are utterly laughable but it's full of neat effects and speculative technology. Much better than the trailer made it out to be. It's a fun ride for eight years olds and maybe some of us who wish we still were.

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"...better than Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen." -- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
I agree with Ebert.
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Old August 8 2009, 04:08 PM   #90
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- The movie was fun and easy to follow, but I have to ask... How and why exactly did a young, skinny soldier become an evil megalomaniac bent on world conquest? I must have missed something.
They showed that. He was a techy geek who went over to the dark side because he was so enthralled with what Mindbender and Destro were doing.
I thought there was more. If that's all there was to it, I'd say that's pretty weak.

Also, I did say that I liked how they turned McCullen into Destro and I still do, but now that my thoughts have settled in a bit more, I think it was a bit rushed and contrived.
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