Sienna Miller looking nice and deadly.G. I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra is the first, live-action film adaptation of the 1980s cartoon and Hasbro best-selling action figure line. The film was directed by Stephen Sommers, best known for directing The Mummy and The Mummy Returns. While the film proves to be his most action-packed and explosive package, it doesn’t prove to be his best. Let’s take a look at the scales.

The film’s action sequences were top-notch and adrenaline pumping. Nothing says let’s go running like two soldiers vaulting over cars in full action suits. The plot was not a bad one but nothing extraordinary. Plot-holes were kept to a minimum and film’s direction was relatively clear, but rather predictable. Actresses Sienna Miller and Rachel Nichols who played Baroness and Scarlet, spiced up the film with their gorgeous figures and deadly action sequences. Short and sweet dialogue scenes leaving more time for slow-motion and explosions.Storm Shadow and Snake eyes conducting one of their amazing fight scenes.

By far, the greatest thing about this film was the mind boggling fight scenes between Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes. While their rivalry’s beginning is all-too cliche and overused, the way in which their beginning is portrayed is one built of amazing martial arts displays between two, very gifted, young boys fighting to become great warriors. Their fight scenes are the best I’ve seen in a long time, and they constantly kept me on edge.

The things that drag this movie down are few but they are rather large aspects of a good action movie. First, the acting on the parts of several minor roles was less than mediocre as well were the performances by several in the key roles. I was very dissappointed in the actingDennis Quaid seems to be the only person in the film who looks like the origina G. I. Joe. of the great Dennis Quaid, for I expected more than what seemed to be someone reading a script from a teleprompter behind the camera. Second, the CG animation was far from decent and scenes that were made up of mostly CG transitioned horribly to real time. Specifically when the Joe base is attacked and when the base’s entrance is shown and it looks like a photoshopped hole in the sand. When a film that is primarily fueled by CG has horrible CG, the results are less than desireable.  Where the action sequences are the pavement and the acting and visual effects are the supporting beams, this bridge seems to collapse under the weight of the heavy expectations coming from the long time fans of the franchise.

Synopsis time. G. I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra is a great action film but that’s it. Don’t expect complexities or plot twists that you never saw coming. The only thing you might not see coming is the heart felt performances of the actors. That’s because it doesn’t ever come.