“Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins” is perhaps as good a film with the words “G.I. Joe” in the title as you’ll find. Maybe it’s because it doesn’t seem to have anything to do with anyone’s idea of G.I. Joe. It isn’t a square-jawed, vaguely jingoistic heavy-weapons battle orgy like the previous two chapters in the Hasbro-inspired action franchise, “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” (2009) and “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” (2013). It’s a darkly dramatic, sleekly scissor-limbed ninja combat orgy set in Tokyo, where the eponymous character (Henry Golding), a melancholy drifter who watched his father murdered by shadowy powers, enters the ranks of the ninja.
A synthetic but exuberantly skilled big-studio jumble of ninja films, wuxia films, Yakuza films, and foreign revenge pictures, the film is also a synthetic but exuberantly skilled big-studio hodgepodge. The battle scenes are handled with slicing precision, and the entire film has an engulfing night-bloom quality to it, thanks to cinematographer Bojan Bazelli’s work. It’s decent for a kids’ franchise film, but the key point is that Henry Golding should be seriously considered for the part of James Bond. He has the beauty, the calm, the glamour, the danger, the attraction, and that key Bond characteristic — the capacity to transmit the most poisonous thoughts to an audience without speaking a word — as evidenced by his performance in “Snake Eyes.” IMDB