MOVIE REVIEW: ‘G.I. Joe’ is a live-action cartoon

Good looking people in cool costumes fight in the desert, through the streets of Paris and under the Arctic Circle in “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.”
A collection of evil and highly skilled mercenaries want to control the world, and it’s up to an elite squad of soldiers to stop them. Let the action begin.
Duke (Channing Tatum) and Ripcord (Marlon Wayans) are soldiers who get ambushed by the bad guys, including Duke’s former fiancé, Ana (Sienna Miller).
The “Joes” save the day, and Duke and Ripcord decide to join the team led by General Hawk (Dennis Quaid).
There are several characters to juggle during this movie. Writers Stuart Beattie, David Elliot, Paul Lovett and Michael Gordon deserve credit for providing backstories and context without slowing things down.
But action is the main ingredient in “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.” The soldiers fight in the desert with high-powered energy weapons; special suits add a new element to a car chase through Paris to save the Eiffel Tower; and we witness a submarine battle under the bad guys’ Arctic fortress.
“G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” plays like a live-action cartoon, complete with lapses in reason and a thorough disregard for the laws of time and space.
The movie is based on a cartoon series inspired by toys created by Hasbro. I don’t recall many deaths during the original cartoon, but there’s a high body count here.
I give “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” a B minus.
It’s showing at Malcos in Tupelo, Oxford, Corinth and Columbus, as well as Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville and Movie Reel 4 in New Albany.

Wizard review
Kelli Karlson with Wizard 106.7 gives “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” a B.
“I’m not going to own it, but I will definitely see it again.”

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