G.I. Joe is a military organisation with an excessive use of space-age gadgets that is called upon when the normal military fails. Which this time, happens when a case of metal-eating nanomite warheads is stolen by the evil Baroness.
The film is based on the Hasbro toys of the same name, and as such it features gadgets by the bucketloads with some scantily clad women thrown in for good measure. You’ll see jetpacks, ninjas, submarines called “SHARCs” and Dennis Quaid proclaiming that “knowing is half the battle“. It’s simply action figures fighting which, unlike the snoozefest that was Transformers 2, can be wildly entertaining. Unless you don’t like action figures or b-movies, in which case you should probably not see it.
G.I. Joe is a b-movie masterpiece. It’s all the way up there Time Cop, Universal Soldier, Judge Dredd and The Running Man. It works on so many levels it’s like an onion waiting to be peeled. Like any true b-movie it therefore deserves a rating system acknowladges the hidden — camp — qualities. For that reason, I’m introducing a bold new rating system tailormade for this type of flick. Expand below: