The G.I Joe movies, G.I Joe: The Rise Of Cobra (2009) and G.I Joe:
Retaliation (2013), have all done well at the box-office so it’s something
of a surprise that it’s taken over 8 years for a new G.I Joe movie to hit
cinema screens. However based on the underwhelming Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe
Origins I for one won’t be too disappointed if it takes another 8 years
before we see this character again.
Badly acted, with some horrendous dialogue and action scenes that vary
between sword fights in the street, sword fights on motor bikes and sword
fights on roofs, Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins makes the recent Mortal
Kombat seem like a masterpiece of cinema.
The story involves Snake Eyes (a woefully miscast Henry Golding), later to
become G.I Joe, out to avenge the death of his father, he takes the name
Snake Eyes after his father’s assassin rolled a pair of dices to see if his
father would live or die, the dice ended landing on a pair of ones, hence
After joining up with a local crime gang he’s taken in by an ancient
Japanese clan called Arshikage after he saves the life of the clan’s heir.
Whilst he’s trusted by his new “family” Snake Eyes is still secretly
working for the crime gang. The gang have his father’s killer and will hand
him over to Snake Eyes if he steals an all-powerful diamond that can be
used as a weapon.
Directed by Robert Schwentke (The Divergent sequels) G.I Joe Origins is a
movie that no one comes out of with much credit, normally reliable actors,
including Andrew Koji as Storm Shadow, Úrsula Corberó as The Baroness,
Samara Weaving as Scarlett, Haruka Abe as Akiko, Tahehiro Hira as Kenta and
Iko Uwais as Hard Master, add nothing to their reputation. With a plot line
that’s all over the place and action scenes that all feel the same G.I Joe
Origin has to go down as one of the disappointments of the summer.