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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, Saïd ...
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Overview

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, Saïd Taghmaoui, and Asian film star Lee Byung-hun.
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Special Features

Commentary by director Stephen Sommer and producer Bob Ducsay
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Editorial Reviews

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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/19/2010
  • UPC: 097361166346
  • Original Release: 2009
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled / Dubbed
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:57:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 19,718

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dennis Quaid General Hawk
Channing Tatum Duke Hauser
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje Heavy Duty
Joseph Gordon-Levitt , The Doctor/Rex
Marlon Wayans Ripcord
Rachel Nichols Scarlett
Sienna Miller Baroness
Christopher Eccleston Destro
Saïd Taghmaoui Breaker
Lee Byung-hun Storm Shadow
Ray Park Snake Eyes
Jonathan Pryce US President
Arnold Vosloo Zartan
Karolina Kurkova Courtney "Cover Girl" Kreiger
Technical Credits
Stephen Sommers Director, Executive Producer, Original Story, Producer
Mitchell Amundsen Cinematographer
Gary Barber Executive Producer
Stuart Beattie Original Story, Screenwriter
Roger Birnbaum Executive Producer
Lorenzo Di Bonaventura Producer
Bob Ducsay Editor, Producer
David Elliot Screenwriter
Brian Goldner Producer
Michael B. Gordon Original Story
Erik Howsam Executive Producer
Paul Lovett Screenwriter
Jim May Editor
Ellen Mirojnick Costumes/Costume Designer
Alan Silvestri Score Composer
Ed Verreaux Production Designer
David Womark Executive Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Okay

    It wasn't the greatest movie ever, but it was ok. Some of the actors are not very good, but it still is entertaining.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Yo Joe

    This movie wasn't bad. It's not a movie that makes for deep thoughts and deep meanings. This is a straight forward action movie, heavy on action with little room for personal character devolopment. There is humor, some of it seems forced and others incidental. Of course there is room left for the second and third movies. Ok, now from the cartoon, pitt-check, character names (Duke, Hawk, etc..)-check, the cliche sayings-"yo joe" and "knowing is half the battle"-check. the vehicles, some of the weapons, and the use of some of the characters in pretty good, finally a city other then NY gets the punishment. Over all- a good movie to sit though and not have to think, not the movie if you want to ponder meanings in scenes and charactors.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    G.I. Joe :Rise of the Cobra

    This movie is awesome!It is action-packed and totally keeps you at the edge of your seat!There is never a dull moment and the storyline was very well written,It also has a little comedy plus romance!I would watch it again for sure!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Bridget's Review

    This movie was OK. It wasn't one of my favorites but it was worth seeing once.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Pretty Good

    This wasn't quite as amazing as I was hoping, but still a pretty good modern live action make of the cartoon show, with some great action. It just had a slight lack of story & character detail, but I can overlook that, because the acting was decent and the action was good. If you're an action fan, give this one a watch.

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