An ancient Japanese clan called the Arashikage welcomes tenacious loner Snake Eyes after he saves the life of their heir apparent.
Upon arrival in Japan, the Arashikage teach him the ways of the ninja warrior while also providing him something he’s been longing for: a home. However, when secrets from Snake Eyes’ past are revealed, his honor and allegiance get tested — even if that means losing the trust of those closest to him.
“The Chairman” – Firstly, I had very low expectations going into this movie. The trailers and all the content related weren’t inspiring at all and made the movie seems somehow worse than “GI Joe: Retaliation (2013)”. My interest was peeked however when I saw that Andrew Koji was cast in a fairly prominent role as Tommy/Storm Shadow. You need to see him in Cinemax’s Warrior, he is the only real reason to watch it.
After that minor diversion to the small screen, back to the movie at hand. I was rather pleasantly surprised. The action is well choreographed and the story wasn’t half-bad either. A tale of a son’s revenge that isn’t muddled with an unnecessary love story, what more could an action fan ask for?!
Henry Golding didn’t exactly bring his “A-game” but his performance wasn’t bad enough to cause significant harm to my enjoyment of the movie. The world building through narration & exposition is rather sensitive to Japanese culture and the honour associated with being in a clan.
The inclusion of a largely Asian cast to tell an Asian story is a sure sign that Hollywood is heading in the right direction (crossing my fingers & toes). A solid entry in what is hopefully a tentative reboot to the GI Joe franchise. Definitely worth your time. 7.5/10
PLEASE HASBRO, DON’T MESS THIS UP!
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