Growing up watching the G.I Joe cartoons and later the movies, the brand is one that fans are familiar with. While it hasn’t been as popular in the last couple of decades – Paramount is looking to revive the franchise. And with their new film Snake Eyes: G.I Joe Origins, they’re bringing it back in a big way.
Snake Eyes brings to the screen a fast-paced action film where we see what made Snake Eyes the fighter he is. As he goes on a quest for vengeance and tries to avenge his father’s death. But his journey takes him from living on the streets to being part of the Yakuza to within the scared realm of the Arashikage. His street smarts, fighting skills and ability to adapt will either keep him alive or keep him fighting until the end. The movie is so filled with action scenes, there are very few scenes that don’t lead to a battle or fight of some kind. From high-speed sword fights, to battles with giant anacondas – it seems like Snake Eyes isn’t afraid to bring
Although the title of the film leads you to believe that this is just Snake Eye’s origin story, it also is the origin story for Tommy and shows how he becomes Storm Shadow as well. It briefly introduces Scarlette and the Baroness as well and mentions just what the Joe’s are. But this movie mostly focuses on the motivations of both Snake Eyes and Tommy – and how each helped shaped each other’s stories. It does leave us questioning if we’re going to get origin stories for the other characters? Obviously, we will have another film showing when Snake Eyes joins the Joes, but it would be nice to see just how Scarlette was brought into the fold or even the Baroness’ back story.
Snake Eyes wasn’t exactly what we expected when we went to see the movie. It takes the stories we grew up with as kids and updates them to modern times and audiences. It keeps some of the original stories there but doesn’t feel like a G.I Joe movie. But even with that said, it was still an enjoyable movie to watch and if you’re a fan of action scenes, ninjas and battles – you’re going to enjoy watching Snake Eyes.
Snake Eyes in in theaters on July 23rd.
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About Snake Eyes:
Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins stars Henry Golding as Snake Eyes, a tenacious loner who is welcomed into an ancient Japanese clan called the Arashikage after saving the life of their heir apparent. 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. But, when secrets from his past are revealed, Snake Eyes’ honor and allegiance will be tested – even if that means losing the trust of those closest to him. Based on the iconic G.I. Joe character.
Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins also stars Andrew Koji as Storm Shadow, Úrsula Corberó as The Baroness, Samara Weaving as Scarlett, Haruka Abe as Akiko, Tahehiro Hira as Kenta and Iko Uwais as Hard Master.