Synopsis: Snake Eyes (2021) stars Henry Golding as the title character. After the brutal slaying of his father, he relentlessly pursues the killer. But soon there’s another path for his life to take. It’s one that will involve him picking sides and truly discovering himself . . .
Snake Eyes chooses a dull and formulaic plot to centre the action around. Consequently, with the exception of some mildly interesting character development, there’s nothing to truly pull you in at all. For example, you always know that during the trials he faces he will ultimately prevail. So, there’s very few, if any surprises during the film. However, perhaps it wasn’t ever meant to be smart offering.
Around the halfway point of the film (it could be more, or less – you easily lose track), there comes a twist. We learn that Snake Eyes (Henry Golding) is still hell bent on revenge, and so is lying to the Arashikaje clan. It’s hardly a huge revelation, although it does manage to keep you awake. But only just. As things pan out the “goodies” manage to prevail, following the inevitable victory over the “baddies”, in the film’s final fight. of course, the two opposing forces are the G.I. Joes and Cobra. That’s about as nuanced as it gets.
Henry Golding doesn’t do a bad job. His “air of mystery”, “loner” vibes do come through. Yet, his skills aren’t enough to elevate this childish caper to anything more than mostly boring. The Baroness (Ursula Corbero) provides some bits of naughty villainous fun, but nothing memorable. Also appearing is the talented Samara Weaving as Major O’Hara, who isn’t used as well she could have been.
CGI & Effects
This is what Snake Eyes needed to perform on. However, it didn’t happen at all. If the visuals and the stunts were good at least you’d trundle through until those parts. They were a world away from anything like those in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
Ultimately, it’s not hard to see why the film hasn’t succeeded. It felt as if the writers didn’t really try. Snake Eyes was part revenge film, part spy adventure, and far too shallow. What’s clear is that people now want more of stories. They need to have more at the heart of them, to make them tick. Furthermore, if that wasn’t bad enough, then you all of a sudden see some giant snakes. Then, there’s the purely “plot device” stone of fire (or whatever it was called). You’d be better to get some of the old action figures and make your own story up. Odds are that plenty of children with a half-decent imagination could have come up with a better plot than this woeful one.
Snake Eyes is out now, still showing at certain cinemas. The film is also set to be released on Paramount+ pay-per-view soon, too.
- CGI & Effects5.6
- Incidental Music6.0