Sunday, December 30, 2012

DVD Review: G.I. Joe / Snakes On A Plane

G.I. Joe: Rise Of Cobra (2009)

An elite military unit comprised of special operatives known as G.I. Joe, operating out of The Pit, takes on an evil organization led by a notorious arms dealer.

This movie stars Dennis Quaid, Channing Tatum and Marlon Wayans

Carroll's take: Maybe you just have to like this kind of thing, I don't know. As for me? Yeah, I like this kind of thing. I thought there was a lot of action in this film, a good story, but more importantly, Rachel Nichols. (I love her eyes)

There were times I thought this movie could have been a little bit better. The CGI was pretty good. Oh, and one of my all-time favorite actors, Brendan Fraser, was in it. He played Sgt. Stone, but was not given recognition in the credits for his role.

This is a fast paced, fast moving film and I like that. Over-all, I really enjoyed it. The outfits, the stunts, all was good. Word of warning though, if you're not into the G.I Joe genre, you probably won't like this. Having grew up playing with G.I. Joes, I like it plenty.

Carroll's Rating: Like I mentioned earlier, you have to be a fan to probably like this film. With this mind, I give it a 6 1/2. You know you made something special if you can draw in the non-G.I. Joe crowd to watch you film, and this one I don't think has that kind of draw to it. If you're a die hard fan, you might have loved it! Although, I have heard from some die-hards that they felt the film came up a bit short. (Too comic book-like, I think is the consensus.) If you have a son between the ages of 9 and 13, then yo umight want to get this one for them.

Snakes On A Plane (2006)

An FBI agent takes on a plane full of deadly and poisonous snakes, deliberately released to kill a witness being flown from Honolulu to Los Angeles to testify against a mob boss.

This film stars Samuel L. Jackson, Julianna Margulies and Nathan Phillips.

Carroll's Take: OMG! I hate snakes! But surprisingly, I really liked this movie. Maybe it was because Samuel L. Jackson is in it. Or maybe it was becasue of Julianna. Either way, if snakes gives you the willies, and you want to be creeped out, then you will love this. The whole concept of being trapped in an airplane full of poisenous snakes is kind of scary. But let me tell you, there are snakes all over the damn place in this one. And of course it has the usual characters. (The brave one, the fighter, the guy and or girl who always complains, the freaking out too much person, and a lot of people crying in fear as they get bitten one by one.) I guess because of that, it's also kind of funny.

This took off in 2004 I think as a web short before being transformed into a hit movie.

Carroll's rating: Normally, I don't go for this kind of movie. I got it on sale though so I took a chance. I am glad I did. While the basic plot is predictable - snakes on a plane - ha-ha - it's worth watching. I give it a solid 7 stars.

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