G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

Theatrical Release: August 7, 2009
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra


Paramount Pictures and Hasbro, whose previous collaboration was the worldwide blockbuster “Transformers,” join forces with Spyglass Entertainment for another extraordinary action-adventure “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.” From the Egyptian desert to deep below the polar ice caps, the elite G.I. JOE team uses the latest in next-generation spy and military equipment to fight the corrupt arms dealer Destro and the growing threat of the mysterious Cobra organization to prevent them from plunging the world into chaos. “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.” is directed by Stephen Sommers (“The Mummy,” “The Mummy Returns”).

Dove Review

This movie has almost non-stop violence. Included in the mix are people set on fire, explosions, people shot and blasted, stabbings, bloodied bodies, and…well, you get the idea. Although there are a few twists in the story which are interesting, this film is not family-friendly at all, especially with the strong language that is included.

This is not the G.I. Joe some fans might have expected. It is a CGI showcase, with lots of death, betrayal, and darkness. We unfortunately cannot award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to this violent movie.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Kissing; a few sexual innuendos; a villain is interested in a married woman.
Language: GD-1; G/OMG-6; J-1; S-5; H-9; Bloody H-2; A-2: B-4; D-5; SOB-2; Crap-1; P-1
Violence: Tons of violence with some blood included; explosions; shootings; machine guns; stabbings; many people killed; fights; student kills his martial arts teacher by stabbing him in back with sword; people set on fire; needles put in character's faces in a couple of scenes; vehicles collide with other vehicles and some are rammed; blood on faces; corpses; man is stabbed in mid section and on other part of body; building explodes; a head butting scenes; a famous French landmark is struck and topples down; man with scars on face; man is impaled in a cutaway scene; "Kill all the Joes" comment a couple of times.
Drugs: A make-believe substance is used to change a person's physical appearance (metal-like) and in some cases their personalities.
Nudity: Cleavage; shirtless men.
Other: Betrayal; death and grief; the threat of national security.


Company: Paramount
Writer: Stuart Beattie and David Elliot
Director: Stephen Sommers
Genre: Action
Runtime: 118 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter