“We all make mistakes. It’s what we do next that matters.”
The quote above could easily be based on the previous awful editions of G.I. JOE (RISE OF COBRA AND RETALIATION). But, instead, it’s spoken to Snake Eyes, played charmingly by Henry Golding regarding which path he’ll choose in the movie.
If you were to tell me that the world needs another G.I. JOE movie, I would’ve laughed out loud. Yet, surprisingly, SNAKE EYES erases the stench of the previous JOE films and turns in a serviceable, fun action film. But, of course, the keyword in the last sentence is “fun.” So often, films got bogged down with taking their genre too seriously (see ARMY OF THE DEAD). SNAKE EYES doesn’t do that. Also, it has some great action with a three-challenge vibe reminiscent of HARRY POTTER GOBLET OF FIRE, complete with a Slytherin-like snake test.
Look, I’m not saying that SNAKE EYES will win any awards, yet I can’t think of anything drastically wrong with it. It has excellent chemistry between its leads – Golding and Andrew Koji (Tommy), a globe-trotting plot, and enough shaky camera action to make Paul Greengrass jealous.
Do yourself a favor. Grab a couple of drinks, a large popcorn, check your brain at the door, and enjoy this fun empty caloric thrill ride. You could do a lot worse. I’m looking at you, OLD.
It’s currently available in theatres.