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Snake Eyes
G.I No!
Genre: Superhero
Martial Arts
Directed By: Robert Schwentke
Produced By: Brian Goldner
Erik Howsam
Lorenzo di Bonaventura
Written By: Evan Spiliotopoulos
Joe Shrapnel
Anna Waterhouse
Based On: Snake Eyes by Larry Hama
Starring: Henry Golding
Andrew Koji
Úrsula Corberó
Samara Weaving
Haruka Abe
Takehiro Hira
Iko Uwais
Cinematography: Bojan Bazelli
Distributed By: Paramount Pictures
Release Date: July 23, 2021
Runtime: 121 minutes
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: $88 million
Box Office: $35.4 million
Franchise: G.I. Joe by Hasbro

Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins (also known simply as Snake Eyes) is a 2021 American-Canadian superhero film directed by Robert Schwentke from a screenplay by Evan Spiliotopoulos, Joe Shrapnel, and Anna Waterhouse. Based on Hasbro's G.I. Joe franchise, the film serves as an origin story for the title character, created by Larry Hama, in addition to being a reboot of the G.I. Joe film series. It stars Henry Golding as Snake Eyes, with Andrew Koji, Úrsula Corberó, Samara Weaving, Haruka Abe, Takehiro Hira, and Iko Uwais in supporting roles.


After his father is murdered, a boy who goes by the name Snake Eyes due to a dice roll determining the former's fate end up with a pair of ones, joins the Arashikage clan for training. Little does he know that an enemy of the clan offers him a chance of revenge.

Bad Qualities

  1. Like Bloodshot, this movie has an overall generic feel.
    • The movie is like this. Snake Eyes is a good man who witnesses his father getting murdered. He then goes through training only to be given the opportunity of vengeance. You can pretty much guess the plot after that.
  2. Similar to Quantum of Solace (another movie co-produced by MGM), the editing is bad, with many jump cuts and shaky cam in the action scenes.
  3. Snake Eyes is changed from a silent, mysterious badass to a bloodthirsty, easily gullible assassin out for revenge. To be fair, in the source material, Snake Eyes did talk and only became mute from a helicopter explosion.
    • He spends the whole movie making bad decisions only to look for his father's killer, making him pretty unsympathetic.
    • The worst part? He gets rewarded for those actions! After stealing the Jewel of the Sun, leading Cobra to destroy the clan, and be willing to find his father's killer only to spare him at the last second; he gets rewarded with his signature suit that you would see on the Snake Eyes comics and action figures.
  4. Some scenes, while they may seem cool on paper, doesn't translate well into execution.
    • The first is during the opening scene, where a young Snake Eyes and his father hide out in a house in the woods. The two are then found by a Cobra assassin. Rather than just killing Snake Eyes's father on the spot, the assassin challenges the father into a game of dice which results in the dad rolling two ones, or "Snake Eyes", it sounds cool on paper since we know where Snake Eyes got his name, but the execution is a different story. The problem is we never know the rules of the game, so we don't know what number the father needs to roll to live.
    • Another scene is that during the end of the second act where we learn that the assassin who killed Snake Eyes' dad explained that he was forced to do it because the terrorist organization Cobra ordered him too. Snake Eyes chose to spare the man and come back to help his clan. The problem here is that it's not shown what Cobra would do to those that refuse to follow their orders. It will end up making it look like the assassin was just lying to save face.
  5. No connection to the previous first two G.I. Joe films despite this was made so that Paramount Pictures and Hasbro would reboot the film series just like the Transformers film, Bumblebee and avoid the mistakes of the previous films, but fail to do so.
  6. As an origin story for Snake Eyes, it sadly fails to work as a whole as it doesn't deliver what fans would want from a movie focusing mainly on the title character.
  7. Although the soundtrack is good, it is forgettable.
  8. Snake Eyes only wears his iconic suit in the ending for only 10-20 seconds.
    • Furthermore, we don't get to see him in action with it.
    • Yes, this movie is an origin story for Snake Eyes and we don't expect him the wear it throughout but there are better ways it could have been handled.
  9. The ending is nothing but sequel bait, which is likely never going to happen given the results of this film.
  10. Not great direction by Robert Schwentke.

Good Qualities

  1. The performances are great, with Henry Golding doing a good job as Snake Eyes.
    • The Japanese dub is perfect: not only does it sound more immersive given the film's setting, but the voice actors sound more invested into the project than the original actors, namely Subaru Kimura (Aoi Todo from Jujutsu Kaisen) as Snake Eyes, Chikahiro Kobayashi (Legoshi from Beastars) as Storm Shadow, Takehito Koyasu (Dio from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure) as Kenta, and Junko Takeuchi (Naruto from Naruto) as Baroness.
      • Eri Ishida and Haruka Abe also do their own Japanese dubbing as Sen and Akiko respectively.
  2. Despite the editing, the action scenes aren't too bad.
  3. The visuals are great, with the costumes being the standout.
  4. Storm Shadow is a likeable character and one the audiences can feel sympathy to.
  5. Regardless of one's individual opinion of the film, one cannot deny that it is an improvement over the previous two G.I. Joe films.
  6. Good soundtrack, although forgettable as mentioned above.
  7. Decent cinematography.
  8. Fine pacing.


Snake Eyes received mixed-to-negative reviews from critics and audiences, who criticized the writing, editing and direction of the action scenes, but praised the performances and production values. As of now, the rating on Rotten Tomatoes currently sits at 35% critic score.

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