SNAKE EYES (aka SNAKE EYES: G.I. JOE ORIGINS) (12)
D: Robert Schwentke
Paramount / MGM / Skydance / Entertainment One (Brian Goldner, Erik Howsam & Lorenzo di Bonaventura)
US 🇺🇸 2021
W: Evan Spiliotopolous, Joe Shrapnel & Anna Waterhouse [based on characters created by Hasbro]
DP: Bojan Bozelli
Ed: Stuart Levy
Mus: Martin Todsharow
Henry Golding (Snake Eyes), Andrew Koji (Tomisaburo Arashikage / Storm Shadow), Ursula Corbero (Ana DeCobray / The Baroness), Samara Weaving (Maj. O’Hara / Scarlett), Haruka Abe (Akiko)
Making a franchise from a pair of flops seems to be Paramount’s only motivation for this spinoff, which has very little to tie into the G.I. Joe movies released in 2009 and 2013, neither of which living up to any kind of expectations.
The focus here is on Snake Eyes prior to his exploits as a commando with the G.I. Joe task force, although they could have slapped any title on this film and it wouldn’t have made any difference, as it has absolutely nothing to do with its extended universe and only seems to have been tied into it as an afterthought.
Henry Golding plays the title character, who becomes involved in a conflict between two oriental gangs following the assassination of his father.
The action set pieces are really poorly handled here, dependent on frenetic editing to hide the stunt performances whilst the acting performances are particularly poor, due to miscasting, though even the finest actors would struggle with this terrible script.
Surprisingly, this manages to be even more of a disappointment than the first two films.