G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra - A Spectacle of Action and Adventure

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra is an action-packed live-action film that captivated audiences when it was released on August 7, 2009. Directed by Stephen Sommers, this thrilling movie...


G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra is an action-packed live-action film that captivated audiences when it was released on August 7, 2009. Directed by Stephen Sommers, this thrilling movie follows Conrad "Duke" Hauser and Wallace "Ripcord" Weems as they join a special forces team while protecting a military convoy. Set in the "not too distant future," the film combines realistic military action with futuristic weaponry, like concussion pistols and nanomites. It serves as the foundation for G.I. Joe's live-action film continuity.

Detailed Summary

James McCullen giving NATO a presentation regarding nanomites

In the near future, weapons expert James McCullen has created nanotechnology with the power to destroy an entire city. He sells four nanomite warheads to NATO, and the U.S. Army is entrusted with delivering them. However, Duke and Ripcord's mission takes a dangerous turn when they are ambushed by the Baroness and her Cobra Vipers. In the ensuing battle, their team is decimated, but they are saved by Scarlett, Snake Eyes, and Heavy Duty. Together, they bring the warheads to General Hawk at the G.I. Joe Team's headquarters, The Pit, in Egypt.

At The Pit, Duke and Ripcord are allowed to join G.I. Joe after Duke reveals his connection to the Baroness. Meanwhile, McCullen and a mysterious associate, the Doctor, plan to use the same nanotechnology to build their own army. They aim to cause worldwide panic and manipulate the President of the United States. The G.I. Joe team becomes their primary obstacle.

G.I. Joe tracks down the Baroness and Storm Shadow in Paris as they attempt to launch a missile. Although they fail to stop the missile, Duke manages to prevent widespread destruction by hitting the kill switch. However, Duke is captured and taken to McCullen's base under the Arctic Circle. The Joes are subsequently arrested by French authorities, who mistakenly believe they caused the damage to the Eiffel Tower.

Thanks to diplomatic negotiation, the Joes are released, but with strict orders not to return to France. Meanwhile, Duke is imprisoned at the M.A.R.S. base, where the Doctor plans to transform him into a Neo-Viper. The Joes, however, formulate a rescue mission to the Arctic Circle. As the climax unfolds, each character plays a crucial role in preventing global catastrophe.

The Eiffel Tower collapses


Featured Characters

G.I. Joe: Breaker, Cover Girl, Duke, Hawk, Heavy Duty, Jinx, Joe support staff, Ripcord, Scarlett, Sgt. Stone, Snake Eyes.

Cobra: Baroness, Cobra Commander, The Doctor, Dr. Mindbender, James McCullen XXIV, Neo-Vipers, Storm Shadow, Zartan.

Featured Vehicles and Equipment

G.I. Joe: Camouflage suit, Delta-6 Accelerator Suits, The Pit, Rockslide A.T.A.V., S.H.A.R.C. (Movie).

Cobra: M.A.R.S. Gunship, Mantis Attack Craft, M.A.R.S. Submarine, Mole Pod, Nanomites, Night Raven, Steel Crusher A.P.V.


"Technically, G.I. Joe does not exist, but if it did, it'd be comprised of the top men and women from the top military units in the world, the alpha dogs. When all else fails, we don't." - General Hawk.

"That redhead is really starting to piss me off!" - Baroness.

Asking where Snake Eyes is from:
Duke: "What about you?"
Scarlett: "He doesn't speak."
Ripcord: "Why?"
Breaker: "He doesn't say."

"Are they Joes?"
"Hell, no. They're jokes." - Sgt. Stone and Heavy Duty.

"Knowing is half the battle." - Hawk.

"I thought you Special Ops types were supposed to be tough."
"We are, but we're sensitive too." - Scarlett and Ripcord.


The development of a live-action G.I. Joe feature film began in the 1980s but faced numerous challenges. After the success of the Transformers franchise, interest in G.I. Joe was reignited. The film was directed by Stephen Sommers, produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura, and written by Stuart Beattie. Hasbro executive Brian Goldner and G.I. Joe comics writer Larry Hama also played integral roles in the film's development.


The talented cast of G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra includes Sienna Miller as the Baroness, Ray Park as Snake Eyes, Rachel Nichols as Scarlett, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Heavy Duty, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Cobra Commander. Other notable actors like Channing Tatum, Dennis Quaid, and Marlon Wayans portray beloved characters from the G.I. Joe universe.


To promote the film, a series of action figures based on the movie's characters and vehicles were released. A prequel comic book mini-series, written by Chuck Dixon, was published by IDW Publishing. Electronic Arts also developed a video game based on G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.


G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra received mixed reviews from critics, with a score of 34% on Rotten Tomatoes. Despite the critical reception, the film still managed to entertain audiences with its high-octane action sequences and captivating storyline.

Miscellaneous Trivia

  • The film showcased a range of tie-ins, including comics, novels, toys, and games.
  • Some scenes were filmed in Prague, Czech Republic, to recreate the city of Paris.
  • The character Snake Eyes was portrayed by martial artist Ray Park, who had played with a Snake Eyes action figure as a child.
  • Marlon Wayans, a fan of G.I. Joe, was cast as Ripcord.
  • Dennis Quaid took on the role of General Hawk due to his son's love for G.I. Joe.
  • The film pays homage to James Bond movies and features several references to the G.I. Joe comic and TV series.

For more information on G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, visit the official movie website at www.gijoemovie.com.