I got exactly what I wanted when I sat down to watch “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” fast paced action movie with lots of explosion and spectacular, shiny visuals. I didn’t wish for more and didn’t get more. The world was saved again,along with most of the good guys. The bad guys were killed, but that didn’t matter because they looked bad already. The separation of figures into black and white, bad and good worked again, although the movie makers wanted us to believe for a second that it might. Their folly didn’t work, we all knew what would happen, didn’t we?
The movie had some known actors, but nobody’s role was a stretch to play here, unless we count the stunts. Jonathan Pryce was an adequate US president (and its double), Dennis Quaid was a bit unconvincing for me as a General, but maybe because I saw him in too many dramas and not enough action movies. I always watch out for Joseph Gordon-Levitt, because I think he has the potential to become a big star. He is not just a great actor, but also selects his roles to include a good combination to avoid being typecast-ed. Here, he had yet another atypical role, or even two of them.
Oh,in case you are interested in the story, here it is: “An elite military unit comprised of special operatives known as G.I. Joe, operating out of The Pit, takes on an evil organization led by a notorious arms dealer.” But it really doesn’t matter as you watch it for the ride and the buzzes.