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Overall, Rise of Cobra wasn’t a terrible action movie. Moving the GI Joe team to an international strike force works fine for the current time and most of the cast is good enough for what the film asks of them, if too young for how good they’re supposed to be at what they do. The addition of dues-ex-machina “nanotechnology” serves its purpose it making the impossible happen without weighing a big-dumb-explosions movie with unnecessarily complicated scientific explanations. Not sure what Joseph Gordon-Levitt is getting out of a one note role where he’s mostly drowning in prosthetics and make up, but that’s his business I guess. As a GI Joe movie, though, it could have used more wacky costumes and personalities, rather than blending most of the characters into a dull, uniformed, indistinguishable group of nobodies (Scarlett’s logic drone was particularly grating), the Baroness started off fine then took a lame turn for the worse, but at least the ninja fights were pretty good, save for Storm Shadow’s one unbeatable move- the desperate tackle. 2 1/2 stars


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