Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins (2021)
|Released:||Friday, July 23, 2021|
|Rating:||Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.|
Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins Synopsis
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 Baroness, Samara Weaving as Scarlett, Haruka Abe as Akiko, Tahehiro Hira as Kenta and Iko Uwais as Hard Master.
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Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins 4K Review
Almost one hundred years ago, three brothers went into business and over time they sold everything from textiles to pencils and final, toys. In 1942, their largest sales came from the toy division, including the wildly popular, Mr. Potato Head. A few years later they became a licensee of Disney merchandise and approximately ten years after that, in 1964, they introduced a line of “dolls” marketed to boys called G.I.Joe. In the last, almost sixty years the franchise has produced all kinds of merchandise as well as, animated televisions series, and animated and live-action films. This past summer a new, live-action movie focusing on Snake Eyes opened in theaters. Three months later, it is making its way to retailers for purchase on 4K.
In 1982 Snake Eyes first appeared in G.I. Joe comic books as a ninja student with the Arashikage clan. Over the years he has been a character in G.I. films and television shows. However, Snake Eyes, played by Henry Golding (Crazy, Rich Asians), has now earned his own feature film. Paramount Pictures released Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins to less than stellar critical praise and gloomy box office sales this past July. Now, G.I. Joe fans will be able to buy it.
As a young boy, Snake Eyes watched while some terrible men came into their house and killed his dad, leaving him an orphan. Growing up “on the streets”, Snake Eyes learned to fight and take care of himself. However, he still harbored the anger, which has fueled him all these years, to find his father’s Killer. When offered information of the killer’s whereabouts, Snake Eyes accepts the deal and does what he must do, even betraying those that trust him, in his quest for vengeance.
One of the nicer aspects of newer films is that they generally transfer well to 4K. Snake Eyes doesn’t disappoint in this area, as the video offers fine details and clean visuals. Perhaps the curse of such high-quality material is that it can make errors even more glaring and stand out negatively. For example, when Snake Eyes, Tommy (Andrew Koji; Fast & Furious 6), and Akiko (Hakura Abe; Kiss Me First) are on motorcycles fighting bad guys it is obvious they are not actually on moving motorcycles.
Conversely, The Dolby Atmos audio has depth and clarity. Explosions occur all around the viewer and dialogue is clear, although it doesn’t seem to be as full or loud as the sound effects. The 4K disc also doesn’t offer much in the way of extras but those that are included offer some additional information about the characters and the story. The five features are Morning Light, Deleted Scenes, Enter Snake Eyes, A Deadly Ensemble, and Arashikage.
While Golding offers a different portrayal than the rich, debonair pretty boy we have seen in the past, he can’t save this film. The fight sequences are well done, especially the swordplay but the script ranges from fair to poor, so the dialogue is groan-worthy at times. The story also veers away from the source material to create a whole new backstory for Snake Eyes, which I can’t imagine sits well with fans of the G.I. Joe franchise.
The film, of course, sets Snake Eyes up for a sequel at a minimum, as we see Tommy transition into Storm Shadow. However, if Paramount Pictures plans to continue this journey, I hope they get a new screenwriter. I would be interested to possibly see more of these characters and how they might evolve but if a second movie is a continuation of this one…I’ll pass.
4K Combo Pack: B — for video/audio quality and extra features
Overall Grade: C
-- Allison Rose
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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 Arashi...