Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins Review

An enjoyable film, action packed ninja mayhem. One for action fans and martial art fans

I remember when I was a kid watching G.I. Joe cartoons on VHS along with transformers, He-Man, ThunderCats and M.A.S.K. They shaped my love for movies and series today.

Old school 🙂

Then there was the movie series that came in 2009 till 2013. I have greatly enjoyed the franchise and eagerly awaited this film coming out. Lucky for us, Cineworld had a Unlimited Screening so we got to watch it early! 😁

The Plot

Snake Eyes

Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins stars Henry Golding as Snake Eyes. He’s a scrappy loner who spends his time fighting for money and drifting around. That is until he is recruited by the Yakuza with promises of revenge.

After he saves the life of the heir apparent of an ancient Japanese clan called the Arashikage.

Who’s next?

Upon arrival in Japan, the Arashikage teach Snake Eyes the ways of the ninja warrior while also providing something he’s been longing for – A home. However, when secrets from his past are revealed, Snake Eyes’ honour and allegiance will be tested.

My Review

I was excited for this film and personally, I really enjoy it. The plot of the film was easy to follow. Although, it didn’t feel like a multiple award winning film. At the same time, it’s not a bad film.

There was a lot of scope for them to work with.  Snake Eyes Lore in the cartoon is vague (other then being a Commando), much of his personal information is classified or top secret. So they have put their own twist on it. Some hardcore fans may not like this but I think it has been done well.

Henry Golding as Snake Eyes easily shows anger and steely drive well. Not being a very likeable person in parts but you can feel for his motivation in the film.

Andrew Koji  plays Tommy AKA Storm Shadow

Andrew Koji who plays Tommy AKA  Storm Shadow played his role well. I felt for him throughout the film though. His drive in the film to be the next head of his clan and bring it into the future. As well as bringing his saviour into the clan, whilst trying desperately to eliminate his Rival Kenta and becoming the next clan leader.

The rest of the cast fit very well. From the Head of Security Akiko, all the Masters and the Head of the clan. The casting for these characters are spot on. G.I. Joe agent Scarlet was particularly impressive and she had some fantastic action scenes.

The villainous Cobra who are secretly trying to take over the world, to the evil Yakuza Kenta who wants to wipe out the Arashikage. Baroness is such an iconic character and in the film they portrayed her well.

All in all the action is fast and intense. The fight choreography is fantastic. I am a lover of martial arts movies and this is on par with any Asian martial arts movie in the action arena. The movie itself has a twist and was a most enjoyable film.

Written by Van Wolf edited by Little Vamp.

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