Snakes Eyes took to many liberties that ultimately failed the franchise.
G.I. Joe has been around since the ’60s and has a rich history. So many stories exist for this action figure line, thanks to decades worth of comics and cartoons. Snake Eyes seems to ignore most of its rich history and make the 2009 and 2013 films more faithful to the source materials.
Snake Eyes is a tenacious loner who is welcomed into an ancient Japanese clan after saving the life of their heir. The clans called the Arashikage, teach Snake Eyes the ways of the ninja warrior while also providing him a home. But, when secrets from his past are revealed, Snake Eyes’ honor and allegiance will be tested.
If you easily get motion sickness, this movie is not for you. The filming style during all the action and fights is so shaky and blurry that you will not be able to comprehend what is happening right in front of your eyes. Henry Golding, who I am a huge fan of, especially in Crazy Rich Asians, did not fit in this lead role. He was pretty dull, and I could not be sold on his performance. The supporting cast tries hard to pull off their performances, but Golding just brings everyone else down with him. The storyline is predictable and a bit random at times. When it came to most of the fight sequences, they were nothing special and very redundant. The best part of the film comes in the last 30 minutes, which is action-packed and exciting. This movie does end with a setup for a possible sequel which most likely will never happen.
I give Snake Eyes a 5.5 out of 10. I now appreciate the previous two movies more, and I hope that one day, the G.I. Joe franchise gets the proper respect it deserves. You can catch this movie in theaters starting this Friday, July 23rd.
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