The movie is rated PG-13 for explosive action sequences, mild
language, sword violence, and gun violence. The run time is 108 min.
Channing Tatum - Duke
Sienna Miller - Ana/Baroness
Christopher Eccleston - McCullen/Destro
Rachel Nichols - Shana 'Scarlett' O'Hara
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PLOT SYNOPSIS: "G.I. Joe:
Rise of the Cobra" is about an elite group of special ops sent to
retrieve a nano-weapon that has fallen into the hands of a terrorist
group known as COBRA.
PLOT REVIEW: "G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra" is an action packed,
non-stop edge of the seat adventure from beginning to end that can be
seen over and over again. It incorporates a love story within a special
elite military operation that makes James Bond's weaponry look like
"G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra" is filled with multiple scenes of
artillery violence that explodes things left to right and also
incorporates a lot of violence with swords and guns. It has mild
language and four inappropriate scenes in terms of women wearing
revealing dresses. It addresses issues such as LOVE, REDEMPTION,
ABANDONMENT, SHAME, GUILT, POWER, TEAMWORK, WELFARE OF SOCIETY,
VENGEANCE, JUSTICE, FREE WILL, INTRUCTIONS.
WHAT I LOVED ABOUT THE MOVIE: (SPOILER ALERT)
1. ISSUE OF LOVE:
The power of love is the
most powerful theme that comes out of the movie. We see how powerful
true love can be, helping to fight off even brainwashing drugs.
In this movie, I saw how
much Duke loved and cared for Ana/Baroness no matter how many members of
the G.I. Joe team, she killed and how bad she had become. To the end, he
tries to save her and his love starts to transform Ana from the enemies
deception and lies. At one point, the doctor remarks "that he does not
understand how this could happen because no one ever was able to fight
of the brain washing drugs." It is the power of love and Duke's love for
Ana that made me watch the movie twice among other things.
This reminded me of how
much Jesus loves me so much despite how I have hurt Him multiple times
by my actions. His love though not hurt-free by my actions is all about
rescuing me from Satan's lies and deception.
It is interesting how the
villain in this movie is COBRA which reminds me of Satan who appeared to
Adam and Eve in the form of a snake to tempt them and entice them into
doing wrong. Adam and Eve gave in just as Baroness gave in. But, just as
love eventually transformed Baroness, the love of Jesus Christ who paid
the ultimate price for our redemption will transform us as we go with
"Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or
boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not
irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice
about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never
gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through
every circumstance." (1 Corinthians 13:4-7, NLT)
I loved the movie's emphasis on the danger of
dwelling into areas we are supposed to destroy in our lives but the
temptation, quest, and greed for power can trap us forever.
This is what happened to the Doctor/Rex who was a
military scientist sent into a lab to destroy the lab but instead he was
tempted and enticed to rush into the unknown which destroyed him and
almost his loved ones.
I am reminded of what happened to King Saul in
the Old Testament who was chosen to lead the Israelite army against the
enemy too. He too for the quest for power went his own way disobeying
God and eventually causing his own death.
"People ruin their lives by their own foolishness
and then are angry at the Lord!"
(Proverbs 19:3, NLT)
OF WELFARE OF SOCIETY:
I loved the movie's emphasis on protecting the
weak, downtrodden, and hungry.
When Paris was about to be attacked, G.I. Joe's
put their life on the line to save the inhabitants of Paris. Also, they
did the same thing to save Moscow, Bejing, and Washington, D.C. Also, I
am reminded of how one character though being stolen from did not punish
the stealer but took him in to feed him and take care of him.
I am reminded of what Proverbs says about helping
those being unjustly sentenced to death:
"Rescue those who are unjustly sentenced to
die; save them as they stagger to their death. Don’t excuse
yourself by saying, “Look, we didn’t know.” For God understands all
hearts, and he sees you. He who guards your soul knows you knew. He will
repay all people as their actions deserve." (Proverbs 24:11-12, NIV)
I am also reminded of Micah 6:8 when the thief in
G.I. JOE was fed and raised by the one he stole from. The victim said,
"He is hungry, invite, and show him the path!" Wow!
"No, O people, the Lord
has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do
what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God." (Micah
The G.I. Joe's worked together as a team and so
did COBRA. It is interesting whether the characters were good or bad,
when they worked as a team they got more done than when they did it solo
as lone-ranger. Teamwork is emphasized a lot in this movie to get things
done. Of course, the team of good won over evil in the end.
I am reminded of how Jesus paired up the
disciples two-by-two to go on mission trips because Jesus knew the
importance of teamwork. Even throughout his missionary trips, the
Apostle Paul was paired up too.
"Two are better than one, because they have
a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help
him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!"
(Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, NIV)
"Though one may be overpowered, two can
defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken."
(Ecclesiastes 4:12, NIV)
I loved the emphasis of redemption in this movie.
This was my favorite part because it showed that true love can redeem
even the vilest hearts headed towards destruction.
This is what was happening to the Baroness until
Duke's love won her over. Even when she could not accept forgiveness
based on her remark, "You can't save me Duke, no one can after
everything I have done", Duke's response was, "I am not giving up on
you" Duke told her that he will never leave her.
This reminded me of our Heavenly Father who has
not given up on His creation no matter how much bad we have done.
Instead, when we thought no one can save us from our sins especially
after everything we have done, God sent His only begotten Son, Jesus
Christ to save us and redeem us. He purchased us by His own blood to
redeem us and save us. Jesus did not give up on us in our sins. Jesus
will never leave us nor forsake us.
"When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at
just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not
be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be
willing to die for a person who is especially good. But
God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while
we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight
by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s
condemnation. For since our friendship with God was restored by the
death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be
saved through the life of his Son. So now we can rejoice in our
wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has
made us friends of God." (Romans 5:6-11, NLT)
"Never will I leave you; never will I forsake
you." So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be
afraid.What can man do to me?" (Hebrews 13:5b-6, NLT)
I loved the emphasis on reading the manual for
instructions for living in their new suits. When Duke was able to do
stuff easily, his partner RIP Cord was surprised because he did not
think he could do that so he took the hard path. Duke asked him if he
read the manual and RIP CORD's response was 'No'. Because RIP CORD did
not read the manual, he did not know all the instruction to live an
abundant life in his suit while Duke was able to utilize it's full
In the same way, I am reminded how many times we
fall short of abundant living because we think we can do things on our
own or are too busy to read the manual. So, we get by with mediocrity
when God wants us to live in Abundant Living and has provided the manual
for His creation. We are His creation and He is the Author of Life on
whom we should fix our eyes upon because He has the complete copyright
to us. Since He has the complete copyright to us, no one can take credit
for us except the Creator. The Creator has left us with a Manual for
daily living that should be read from cover to cover: Genesis to
Revelation. It is called the Bible or as a song goes: Basic Instructions
Before Leaving Earth. I like to think of the Bible as 'Breathe in Bible
"Study this Book of Instruction continually.
Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything
written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do."
(Joshua 1:8, NLT).
"All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful
to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our
lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is
right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good
work." (2 Timothy 3:16-17, NLT)
I liked the way Duke apologized to Ana was
abandoning her. Duke realized the mistake he made when he abandoned Ana.
Instead of making excuses of why he abandoned Ana, he apologized three
times by saying, "I am sorry, I am sorry, I am so sorry"
This was very powerful to me because when we I
apologize to people, I don't blank out say 'I am sorry' but always have
an addendum to the sorry such as 'I am sorry if I hurt you as if the
person was not hurt'. I need to say sorry without any clauses.
I am reminded of Psalm 38:18 which makes no
excuses but a sincere apology for wrong doing:
"But I confess my sins; I am deeply sorry for
what I have done." (Psalm 38:18, NLT)
DID NOT LIKE ABOUT THE MOVIE:
I was very disappointed with the act of betrayals
in the movie that caused so many people to die.
It reminded me of what Judas' Iscariot did to
Jesus even after spending and experiencing Jesus' love for 3 years as
"Judas, the betrayer, knew this place, because
Jesus had often gone there with his disciples." (John 18:2, NLT)
It was a shame to see guilt and shame rule Duke
that the wrongs that occurred could not be faced to find reconciliation
and forgiveness. The pathway that Duke took hurt so many lives until
Duke admitted what he did which began the path to forgiveness and
I am reminded that can happen to me to if I let
guilt and shame rule me to the point that I feel so condemned instead of
experiencing Christ's forgiveness and reconciliation. I am so glad that
Jesus came to reconcile us to Himself so we can experience His love and
forgiveness instead of remaining in guilt. I need to remember
God's Word and act upon it.
It reminded of Psalm 32 that the Psalmist David
wrote in conjunction with Psalm 51:
"When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted
away, and I groaned all day long. Day and night your hand of discipline
was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat.
Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide
my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.” And
you forgave me! All my guilt is gone." (Psalm 32:3b-5, NLT)
"So now there is no condemnation for those who
belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the
life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin
that leads to death." (Romans 8:1-2, NLT
"For God in all his fullness was pleased to live
in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He
made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s
blood on the cross. This includes you who were once far away from God.
You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and
actions. Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of
Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his
own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him
without a single fault." (Colossians 1:19-22, NLT)
I was saddened to see how jealousy still kills as
one boy killed another boy because the Master was pleased with one boy's
performance over the other.
This reminded me of the story of Cain & Abel from
the Old Testament. God, the Master was pleased with his servant Abel
over Cain because Abel bought offerings from his heart while Cain did it
out of an obligation. When Cain saw how the Master was happy with Abel
and not with him, Cain went and killed Abel out of jealousy. Cain let
the sin of jealousy to master him even after God warned him with these
words. To this day jealousy still kills because humans don't heed the
Word of the Lord and follow:
“Why are you so angry?” the Lord
asked Cain. “Why do you look so dejected? You will be accepted if you do
what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out!
Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue
it and be its master.” (Genesis 4:6-7, NLT)
I did not like how much vengeance was emphasized
in the movie by COBRA. It destroyed so many lives because vengeance has
I am reminded of how vengeance destroys lives
even now especially Satan's desire to get vengeance on God because Satan
and 1/3 of his angels were cast down into Hell due to pride. Satan takes
it out on human beings against God and even tried to take it out on Job
but Job rested in the Lord and said, "God
giveth and God taketh away, blessed be the Name of the Lord!"
instead of giving into Satan.
I am so thankful to Jesus for being my Lord and
Personal Savior who can help me against Satan and his enemies when I
focus on Christ and His body, the church community, He has placed in my
life to help me.
"Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope
we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Let us think of
ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us
not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one
another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.
(Hebrews 13:23-25, NLT)
QUESTIONS TO PONDER BASED ON INDUCTIVE STUDY OF MOVIE:
1. Which character in the
movie do you most identity yourself with and why?
2. What scene or issue
raised in the movie touched you the most and why?
3. What scene or issue
raised in the movie was your least favorite and why?
4. What were moments of
love in the movie and how did they all play out in the end as you think
about 'what is love to you' and 'what should love be?'
5. What is the danger of
rushing into the unknown especially when it involves the quest for
selfish ambitious power? What examples do we see in the movie that
reveal that danger?
6. How can you protect the
weak and downtrodden since not all can be in a special ops group to help
the welfare of society?
7. How many areas of
teamwork can you recall from the movie and how is it similar or
different to what happened in your life when you worked in a team? Why
or Why not?
8. What is redemption to
you and how is it revealed in the movie? Who offers redemption to you
9. When you have you felt
betrayed and what was the outcome?
10. How do you deal with
your guilt/shame and how is it similar or different to the characters in
the movie? What is a healthy way of dealing with guilt/shame?
11. What were the results
of jealousy in the movie and how do you fight jealousy in your own life?
12. How did vengeance play
out in the movie and how does it play out in your life?