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