G.I. Joe

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Sur­viv­ing “Joes” Road­block, Flint (D.J. Cotrona) and Lady Jaye (Adri­anne Pal­icki, who ap­pears to be partly plas­tic al­ready) are obliged to head to the U.S. to join forces with silent masked ninja Snake Eyes (Ray Park) and re­tired Gen­eral Joe Colton (Bruce Wil­lis) to ex­pose the fraud­u­lent pres­i­dent be­fore he car­ries out Co­bra’s mis­sion of world dom­i­na­tion.

Along the way, Snake Eyes is forced to a reck­on­ing with his mor­tal en­emy Storm Shadow (Byung-hun Lee), which al­lows a bit of mar­tial arts ac­tion be­tween seg­ments of stuff blow­ing up real good.

But even in 3D and Imax for­mats, this movie isn’t as im­pres­sive as it thinks it is. The ac­tion just feels pro­gres­sively more lu­di­crous as it goes on. World­dom­i­na­tion sce­nario not­with­stand­ing, it’s all kind of alien­at­ing and ir­ri­tat­ing and trite, like the James Bond fran­chise missed the Sean Con­nery years and skipped di­rectly to Roger Moore.

Wil­lis’s pres­ence in all this is es­pe­cially an­noy­ing. Ex­pend­ables 2, A Good Day to Die Hard, and now this?

Not since Elvis has a one-time icon squan­dered his name on so many un­de­serv­ing, bad movies.

Byung-hun Lee is Storm Shadow

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