Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins

Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins

2021, PG-13, 121 min. Directed by Robert Schwentke. Starring Henry Golding, Iko Uwais, Haruka Abe, Úrsula Corberó, Samara Weaving, Peter Mensah, Andrew Koji.

REVIEWED By Matthew Monagle, Fri., July 30, 2021

If you want to convince the world that we really, truly need a third crack at an extended G.I. Joe universe, Andrew Koji and Henry Golding are a good place to start. The two actors have proven their worth as leading men on screens big and small, and Koji’s work on Warrior, an HBO Max series depicting gang violence and nationalism in 1870s San Francisco, represents arguably the best action cinematography to ever appear on television. So even those uninterested in Hasbro’s franchise might be excused for wanting to check this one out.

Since the murder of his father, Snake Eyes (Golding) has channeled his anger into fighting. His willingness to take a beating eventually puts him on the radar of a local arms dealer; there he crosses paths with Tommy (Koji), the heir to a secret clan of ninja. Tommy promises him a place in the family if he can successfully survive the family rituals, but another player – one who wants to see Tommy and his empire burned to the ground – has a compelling counteroffer. Soon, Snake realizes he needs to play both sides to the middle if he is to have any chance at revenge or honor.

In the extended period between press screenings and theatrical distribution, many critics complained that the cinematography of Snake Eyes represented the worst of blockbuster action filmmaking. Director Robert Schwentke is certainly an easy target (his work on films like Red and R.I.P.D. certainly falls short of the venerated Asian filmmakers whose work inspired Snake Eyes) but the fight sequences here are better than the buzz would have you believe. Sure, too many of the fights are filmed (and edited) to the point of distraction, but the fight choreography itself cannot be denied. Every time the camera pulls out to a midrange shot of Snake and Tommy fighting, we see the care that went into the staging.

More damning are the franchise tie-ins. When the film focuses on the relationship between the two men, and the premise of an ancient and honorable organization struggling to adapt to modern evils, Snake Eyes builds an original world worth exploring. But this is intended to be the Iron Man of the G.I. Joe franchise, and too often, the pieces of the film that work are paused so that other characters can appear and wax poetic about the dangers of Cobra. These touches are especially egregious in the film’s final minutes, when the characterizations of both Snake and Tommy are undercut by the need to position them for the inevitable sequel.

Ultimately, Snake Eyes represents both the best and the worst of franchise filmmaking. It is great to see talented performers receive their moment in the spotlight, and several fight sequences tap into the full potential of talented stunt coordinators and unlimited budgets. But a bloated cast of characters and overt attempts at franchise-building keep the film from ever reaching its potential. Compared to other Hollywood blockbusters, Snake Eyes is better than fine – but there are hundreds of Asian and Southeast Asian action movies that run circles around the final product here. At least Golding and Koji got theirs.

Showtimes

Sun., Aug. 1

1:15, 4:25, 7:25

Mon., Aug. 2

4:10, 7:25

Tue., Aug. 3

7:35

Wed., Aug. 4

7:20

Sun., Aug. 1

11:35am, 2:50, 6:15

Mon., Aug. 2

2:50, 6:10

Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane

5701 W. Slaughter, 512/861-7060, drafthouse.com/austin/theater/slaughter-lane

Showtimes at this venue are subject to frequent change. Please confirm daily times by phone or website.

Sun., Aug. 1

11:15am, 2:30, 5:50

Mon., Aug. 2

3:00, 6:20

Tue., Aug. 3

6:40

Wed., Aug. 4

6:40

Sun., Aug. 1

12:10, 3:25, 6:40

Mon., Aug. 2

3:25, 6:40

Tue., Aug. 3

6:35

AMC Dine-In Tech Ridge 10

12625 N. I-35, 512/640-1533, www.amctheatres.com

Sun., Aug. 1

CC/DVS 1:50, 5:00, 8:10

Mon., Aug. 2

CC/DVS 5:00, 8:10

Tue., Aug. 3

CC/DVS 5:00, 8:10

Wed., Aug. 4

CC/DVS 5:00, 8:10

Arbor Cinema @ Great Hills

9828 Great Hills Trail, 512/231-9742

Discounts daily before 6pm.

Sun., Aug. 1

CC/DVS 12:30, 3:30, 6:20

Mon., Aug. 2

CC/DVS 12:30, 3:30, 6:20

Tue., Aug. 3

CC/DVS 12:30, 3:30, 6:20

Wed., Aug. 4

CC/DVS 12:30, 3:30, 6:20

Thu., Aug. 5

CC/DVS 12:30, 3:30, 6:20

Barton Creek Square (AMC)

2901 Capital of Texas Hwy. S., 512/306-1991, www.amctheatres.com

Matinee discounts available before 4pm daily. Bring Your Baby matinees the first Tuesday of every month.

Sun., Aug. 1

CC/DVS 2:00, 5:00, 8:25, 10:05

Cinemark 20 and XD

N. I-35 & FM 1825, 512/989-8535

Cost for 3-D and XD shows is regular ticket price plus a premium.

Sun., Aug. 1

1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10:15
digital 10:15am, 11:45am, 1:15, 2:45, 4:15, 5:45, 7:15, 8:45, 10:15

Mon., Aug. 2

1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10:15
digital 1:15, 2:45, 4:15, 5:45, 7:15, 8:45, 10:15

Tue., Aug. 3

1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10:15
digital 1:15, 2:45, 4:15, 5:45, 7:15, 8:45, 10:15

Wed., Aug. 4

1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10:15
digital 10:15am, 11:45am, 1:15, 2:45, 4:15, 5:45, 7:15, 8:45, 10:15

Cinemark Cedar Park

1335 E. Whitestone, Cedar Park, 800/326-3264

Call theatre for complete list of movies and showtimes.

Sun., Aug. 1

digital 12:00, 6:30, 9:30

Mon., Aug. 2

digital 12:20, 3:20, 6:20, 9:30

Tue., Aug. 3

digital 12:20, 3:20, 6:20, 9:30

Wed., Aug. 4

digital 9:50

Sun., Aug. 1

digital 1:10, 4:20, 7:35

Mon., Aug. 2

digital 4:15, 7:30

Tue., Aug. 3

digital 2:10, 5:25, 8:35

Wed., Aug. 4

digital 4:15, 7:30

Cinemark Round Rock

4401 N. I-35, Round Rock, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium. Call theatre for complete March 26-28 showtimes.

Sun., Aug. 1

digital 1:10, 2:40, 4:20, 7:30, 9:05

Mon., Aug. 2

digital 1:10, 2:40, 4:20, 7:30

Tue., Aug. 3

digital 1:10, 2:40, 4:20, 7:30

Wed., Aug. 4

digital 1:10, 2:40, 4:20, 7:30

Cinemark Southpark Meadows

9900 S. I-35, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Sun., Aug. 1

digital 10:45am, 12:15, 3:20, 4:25, 6:45, 9:50, 10:25

Mon., Aug. 2

digital 1:55, 4:00, 5:05, 8:25

Tue., Aug. 3

digital 1:55, 4:00, 5:05, 8:25

Wed., Aug. 4

digital 1:00, 4:00

Cinemark Stone Hill Town Center

18820 Hilltop Commercial Dr., 512/251-0938, www.cinemark.com

Sun., Aug. 1

digital 1:15, 4:15, 7:15

Mon., Aug. 2

digital 5:00, 8:00

Tue., Aug. 3

digital 5:00, 8:00

Wed., Aug. 4

digital 5:00, 8:00

Sun., Aug. 1

12:30, 3:10, 5:45, 8:20

City Lights Theatre

420 Wolf Ranch Parkway, Georgetown, 512/868-9922

Sun., Aug. 1

1:20, 4:20, 7:05

Mon., Aug. 2

1:20, 4:20, 7:05

Tue., Aug. 3

1:20, 4:20, 7:05

Wed., Aug. 4

1:20, 4:20, 7:05

Evo Cinemas Belterra

166 Hargraves Ste. A-100, 512/457-0700, www.evocinemas.com/drippingsprings

Sun., Aug. 1

1:30, 8:00

Mon., Aug. 2

11:45am, 2:45, 6:00

Tue., Aug. 3

11:45am, 2:45, 6:00

Wed., Aug. 4

11:45am, 2:45, 6:00

Thu., Aug. 5

11:45am, 2:45, 6:00

EVO Entertainment

3200 Kyle Crossing, Kyle, 512/523-9009, www.evo-entertainment.com

Sun., Aug. 1

11:30am, 2:15, 5:00, 8:00, 10:45

Mon., Aug. 2

11:30am, 2:15, 5:00, 8:00

Tue., Aug. 3

11:30am, 2:15, 5:00, 8:00

Wed., Aug. 4

8:00

Thu., Aug. 5

11:30am, 2:15, 5:00, 8:00, 10:45

Film Alley Bastrop

1600 Chestnut St, Bastrop, 512/321-0123, bastrop.filmalley.net/

Sun., Aug. 1

11:40am, 3:00, 6:30

Mon., Aug. 2

11:40am, 3:00, 6:30

Tue., Aug. 3

12:45, 4:00, 7:20

Wed., Aug. 4

12:45, 4:00, 7:20

Flix Brewhouse

2200 S. I-35, Round Rock, 512/244-3549, www.flixbrewhouse.com/round-rock

Sun., Aug. 1

11:00am, 2:15, 6:00

Mon., Aug. 2

3:00, 6:30

Tue., Aug. 3

3:00, 6:30

Wed., Aug. 4

11:45am, 3:00, 6:00

Thu., Aug. 5

3:00

Galaxy Highland 10

6700 Middle Fiskville, 512/467-7305, www.galaxytheatres.com

No one under 18 will be allowed in the theatre on Friday or Saturday after 7pm without an adult.

Sun., Aug. 1

CC 12:30, 3:25, 6:30, 9:40

Mon., Aug. 2

CC 12:30, 3:25, 6:30, 9:40

Tue., Aug. 3

CC 12:30, 3:25, 6:30, 9:40

Wed., Aug. 4

CC 12:30, 3:25, 6:30, 9:40

Thu., Aug. 5

CC 12:30, 3:25, 6:30, 9:40

Gateway Theatre

9700 Stonelake, 512/416-5700

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Sun., Aug. 1

CC/DVS 12:50, 1:20, 3:55, 6:55, 7:25, 9:55, 10:25

Mon., Aug. 2

CC/DVS 12:50, 1:20, 3:55, 6:55, 7:25, 9:55

Tue., Aug. 3

CC/DVS 12:50, 1:20, 3:55, 6:55, 7:25, 9:55

Wed., Aug. 4

CC/DVS 12:50, 1:20, 3:55, 6:55, 7:25, 9:55

Thu., Aug. 5

CC/DVS 12:50, 1:20, 3:55, 6:55, 9:55

Hometown Cinemas

120 MLK Jr. Industrial Blvd. W, Lockhart, 512/398-4100, www.hometowncinemas.com

Sun., Aug. 1

11:00am, 1:45, 4:25, 7:10

Mon., Aug. 2

11:00am, 1:45, 4:25, 7:10

Tue., Aug. 3

11:00am, 1:45, 4:25, 7:10

Wed., Aug. 4

11:00am, 1:45, 4:25, 7:10

iPic Theaters Austin

3225 Amy Donovan Plaza, 512/568-3400, www.ipic.com

Sun., Aug. 1

12:15, 3:30, 6:45

AMC Lakeline 9

11200 Lakeline Mall Dr., Cedar Park, 512/335-4793

Discounts daily before 6pm.

Sun., Aug. 1

CC/DVS 1:30, 4:40, 7:50

Mon., Aug. 2

CC/DVS 3:40, 7:00

Tue., Aug. 3

CC/DVS 3:40, 7:00

Wed., Aug. 4

CC/DVS 3:40, 7:00

Metropolitan

901 Little Texas, 512/447-0101

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Sun., Aug. 1

CC 1:15, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30
CC/DVS 1:15, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30

Mon., Aug. 2

CC 1:15, 4:30, 7:30
CC/DVS 1:15, 4:30, 7:30

Tue., Aug. 3

CC 1:15, 4:30, 7:30
CC/DVS 1:15, 4:30, 7:30

Wed., Aug. 4

CC 1:15, 4:30, 7:30
CC/DVS 1:15, 4:30, 7:30

Thu., Aug. 5

CC 1:15, 4:30, 7:30
CC/DVS 1:15, 4:30, 7:30

Moviehouse & Eatery

8300 FM 620 N., Bldg. B, 512/501-3520, www.themoviehouse.com/trails/

Sun., Aug. 1

10:45am, 2:00, 5:15, 8:30

Mon., Aug. 2

10:45am, 2:00, 5:15, 8:30

Tue., Aug. 3

10:45am, 2:00, 5:15, 8:30

Wed., Aug. 4

10:45am, 2:00, 5:15, 8:30

Thu., Aug. 5

10:30am, 2:00, 5:15, 8:30

Moviehouse & Eatery - Lantana Place

7415 Southwest Pkwy., Bldg. 7, 512/572-0770, www.themoviehouse.com/lantana/

Sun., Aug. 1

10:15am, 1:30, 4:45, 8:00

Mon., Aug. 2

10:15am, 1:30, 4:45, 8:00

Tue., Aug. 3

10:15am, 1:30, 4:45, 8:00

Wed., Aug. 4

10:15am, 1:30, 4:45, 8:00

Thu., Aug. 5

10:15am, 1:30, 4:45, 8:00

Southwest Theaters at Lake Creek 7

13729 Research #1500, 512/291-3158, www.southwesttheaters.com

$6.50 children and senior tickets (all-day), $5 Tuesdays (all tickets), Bargain Matinees before 5pm daily.

Sun., Aug. 1

CC 1:10, 4:10, 7:00

Mon., Aug. 2

CC 1:10, 4:10, 7:00

Tue., Aug. 3

CC 1:10, 4:10, 7:00

Wed., Aug. 4

CC 1:10, 4:10, 7:00

Thu., Aug. 5

CC 1:10, 4:10, 7:00

Sun., Aug. 1

1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00

Mon., Aug. 2

12:30, 3:40, 6:30, 9:45

Tue., Aug. 3

12:30, 3:40, 6:30, 9:45

Wed., Aug. 4

12:30, 3:40, 6:30, 9:45

Thu., Aug. 5

12:30, 3:40, 6:30, 9:45

Westgate 11

4477 S. Lamar, 512/899-2717

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Sun., Aug. 1

CC/DVS 11:45am, 2:35, 7:25, 10:15

Mon., Aug. 2

CC/DVS 11:45am, 2:35, 7:25, 10:15

Tue., Aug. 3

CC/DVS 11:45am, 2:35, 7:25, 10:15

Wed., Aug. 4

CC/DVS 11:45am, 2:35, 7:25, 10:15

Thu., Aug. 5

CC/DVS 11:30am, 2:20, 7:30, 9:55

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Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins, Robert Schwentke, Henry Golding, Iko Uwais, Haruka Abe, Úrsula Corberó, Samara Weaving, Peter Mensah, Andrew Koji

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