Source: Paramount Pictures
The movie focuses on the young warrior that would become Snake Eyes, played by Henry Golding. After witnessing his father’s murder, he trains himself in martial arts, hoping to settle the score. He eventually joins a Yakuza clan in Los Angeles, where he works alongside a warrior named Tommy (Andrew Koji) after saving his life. There is apparently a magical jewel involved in all of this, which really throws off the vibe of what G.I. Joe is all about. Regardless, there’s Baroness and Scarlett for some reason.
The movie has some good action sequences, like a fun swordfight atop a moving truck and a finale that goes all over the place. Golding and most of the other actors do a good job with the material that they’re given here, but Origins never really finds its place to move the G.I. Joe lexicon forward. It’s got great action, but very little plot to keep it structured; and characters seem shoehorned in. In fact, one key decision towards the end where Snake Eyes’ greatest adversary is born feels more like an afterthought, rather than something deep where you feel its motivation. It’s very, very tacked on.
The movie would’ve fared better skipping all the magical hokum and instead should be focusing on Snake Eyes’ motivations, as well as what Tommy would truly become. Instead, like the other movies, you watch it, shrug, and move on. Even so, Samara Weaving makes a good Scarlett, so at least there’s that.