Parents' Guide to

Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Mixed messages, iffy choices in violent action tale.

Movie PG-13 2021 121 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 18+


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This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 11+

Fun and relatively clean all around

This is a great film to watch with teenagers as the themes walk them through anger, pressure, honor and more. The fight scenes don't go into the bloody category yet also don't lose any grit. The reliance on natural storytelling versus excessive CGI is also noteworthy. Only a few swear words (that are likely just thrown in as they don't help the plot). Enjoy!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5):
Kids say (11):

Poorly filmed action sequences, a storyline that's either predictable or nonsensical, and mixed messages all contribute to a movie that, sadly, can't capture the coolness of its title character. The "three challenges" that Snake Eyes faces in this third G.I. Joe movie -- which are designed to erase ego, fear, and anger -- might have made for some interesting touches. But as soon as they're finished, the characters hack and slice their way through fight scene after fight scene, nothing but ego and anger. Moreover, Snake Eyes' vengeance is his central driving force, and the way the movie tries to reconcile that during the climax is awkward and unsatisfying. In short, the filmmakers didn't seem to know what their movie was actually supposed to be about.

Director Robert Schwentke delivers many action scenes in Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins -- all bloodless, and with many characters apparently killed. He films everything with lurching shaky-cam and plunges everything into deep shadows. He also dresses all of his characters in black -- sometimes wearing motorcycle helmets, too -- so that it's nearly impossible to tell who's who or what's going on. Mostly, though, Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins is just dumb, with characters who are supposed to be wise constantly making poor choices. (In another silly scene, when the characters arrive in Tokyo, they drive past all the famous tourist locations before heading to the Arashikage family compound.) Perhaps most disappointing is the first appearance of the iconic Snake Eyes suit: It's as anti-climactic as if he'd simply ordered it from Amazon.

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