movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link]

UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): [highlight for spoilers] Soldier fails to save lover’s brother, leaves lover, causing nanotechnology to lead to complications.

PEOPLE: Directed by Stephen Sommers (Van Helsing, The Mummy, Catch Me If You Can). With Dennis Quaid, Sienna Miller (Camille, Stardust). And even a brief scene with Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Tommy from 3rd Rock From The Sun)

QUIRKS: Based on the 1980s cartoon. Lots and lots and lots of action. No parachutes coming out of the exploded planes anymore! Grey goo scenario!

VISUALS: Excellent futuristic military battles! Over 250 explosions!

BAD STUFF: I was a bit confused about various aspects, as I have no recollection of the characters in the original series. But that didn’t thwart my enjoyment.

CONCLUSION: Wow. Lots of action. Looks great in HD. I don’t remember the original cartoon much, but it was nice that people actually died this time. This is about what I expected, and I felt like they didn’t really mess up. I don’t know what everyone else was whining about. I think people just hate adaptations/remakes because it never feels like watching the original as a kid did. But that’s because that part of you IS DEAD. MUAHAHA!!

Clint: Netflix: 4/5 stars. IMDB: 8/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 4/5 stars. IMDB: 7.5/10.
The native public rating for this movie is Netflix: 3.7/5 stars (3.6/5 stars for people who rate like me), IMDB 5.9/10.

RECOMMENDATION: If you can put aside your high standards and watch this as an optimist and not a pessimist, then it’s a nice way to see a high-budget, more-realistic interpretation of the low-budget 1980’s cartoon we all knew and loved.

SIMILAR MOVIES: Transformers is at similar in the sense that it is a military themed 1980s-cartoon remake.


#1) (Camille, G.I. Joe:Rise Of The Cobra) 2 movies within a month or so with Seinna Miller having multiple hair colors and getting married/accepting a marriage proposal.

#2) (Transformers:Revenge Of The Fallen, G.I. Joe:Rise Of The Cobra) 2 military-themed movies in the same week that had shots with 3 / 6 pyramids with sub-movie-titles of Revenge/Rise Of The [bad guy].

#3) (G.I. Joe:Rise Of The Cobra, Escape From L.A.) 2 military-themed movies 2 nights in a row that had government representatives who holographically projected themselves.

FRIENDS’ RATINGS: James O thought “Not as bad as I thought. Although, this is if I try to think of the movie through the eyes of a child.” Cindy Lee thought it was okay. Marc N said: “you will like it so long as you go in knowing it is a cool gadget and explosion kind of movie and not some epic story.”

Mood: hazy
Music: Sidney Crooke – The March Of The Ants