G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

August 7th, 2009

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G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

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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.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 5.7/10 (74,521 voted)

Critic's Score: 32/100

Director: Stephen Sommers

Stars: Dennis Quaid, Channing Tatum, Marlon Wayans

Two soldiers stationed in Kazahkstan (Captain Duke Hauser and his partner "Ripcord") are ordered to transport special warheads created by MARS, an arms' manufacturer controlled by James McCullen. When they are attacked by thieves (led by Anastasia DeCobray, with whom Duke has history), they are saved by a top secret, international special forces unit known as "G.I. Joe". The leader of G.I. Joe, General Abernathy (or Hawk) is on the trail of the thieves: an evil organization called "Cobra". While Duke and Ripcord train to join the Joes, McCullen ("Destro") is secretly working for Cobra and plotting to recapture his metal-eating "Nanomite" warheads. Duke and Ripcord (with help from Heavy Duty, Snake Eyes, and the rest of the Joes) must prove that they are Real American Heroes -- by stopping the launch of these warheads before Cobra uses them to take over the world.

Writers: Stuart Beattie, David Elliot

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje - Heavy Duty
Christopher Eccleston - McCullen / Destro
Grégory Fitoussi - Baron de Cobray
Joseph Gordon-Levitt - The Doctor / Rex
Leo Howard - Young Snake Eyes
Karolina Kurkova - Cover Girl
Byung-hun Lee - Storm Shadow
Sienna Miller - Ana / Baroness
David Murray - James McCullen - 1641
Rachel Nichols - Scarlett
Kevin J. O'Connor - Dr. Mindbender
Gerald Okamura - Hard Master
Ray Park - Snake Eyes
Jonathan Pryce - U.S. President
Dennis Quaid - General Hawk

Taglines: Evil Never Looked So Good


Official Website: Official site | Official site [France] |

Release Date: 7 August 2009

Filming Locations: Arctic

Box Office Details

Budget: $175,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $54,713,046 (USA) (9 August 2009) (4007 Screens)

Gross: $302,469,017 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Heavy Duty was originally named Lamont Morris, but the name was changed to Hershel Dalton. However, his code number ("807-46-LM65") contains Morris' initials to honour him.

Factual errors: When Duke and Rex are in their dress blues, both have the rank of Major. In the firefight, the rank on Rex's hat is Corporal. Throughout the movie, Duke is called Captain, not Major.

[first lines]
Bastille Prison Warden: James McCullen, you Scottish pig, you've been found guilty of treason for the sale of military arms to the enemies of our Lord, King Louis XIII, even whilst you sold arms to our Lord himself.
James McCullen - 1641: Your king is a vile bag of filth who murders his own allies. I should have charged him double.
Bastille Prison Warden: You tried to overthrow the Crown in conspiracy with its enemies.
James McCullen - 1641: Unlike your simpleton king, his enemies know that is the true McCullen destiny not simple to supply arms, but to run the wars!
Bastille Prison Warden: Do you anything else to say before the sentence is carried out?

User Review

The Critics should remove the Stick!

Rating: 7/10

I just saw G.I. Joe, and I must say that I actually enjoyed it. This is NOT a masterpiece. This is a fun, Summer action flick. The so-called professional critics who obviously miss that point do not deserve their cushy jobs. The action is unbelievable, non-stop, breathless, and requires a total suspension of disbelief. The critics that have a problem with that should remember one thing. This is a movie based on a cartoon that's sole purpose was to sell a set of toys to 5-12 year old boys. Nothing more. Expecting "War and Peace" from this source material shows a lack of insight and intelligence from most of the reviews that I have read. If you like action films, you will enjoy this one. If you want angst-ridden characters stopping every five minutes to discuss their feelings... pull the stick out and move along to a sappy low-budget romance; this isn't your kind of film.

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