From romantic lover in Crazy Rich Asians, to vengeance-seeking ninja in his new film Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins, Henry Golding is clearly able to portray his diverse acting capability.
Henry Golding A.K.A. “Snake-Eyes” is a lone wolf seeking revenge for his father’s murder from childhood. He will do anything to avenge his father’s death, even if that means betraying his best friend Tommy (Andrew Koji). In order to gain Tommy’s trust, Snake Eyes saves Tommy from being killed by the Yakuza, and in return, is invited to join the secretive & elite Arashikage ninja clan. Through a series of tests, Snake Eyes manages to gain the Arishikage’s trust, but is ultimately distracted by an offer from the film’s villain to find his father’s murderer.
Much of the storyline is parallel with the comic installation of Snake Eyes. Golding embraces the role of Snake Eyes well in the film, through his extreme emotions and dialogue. As you would expect, there is a massive amount of sword fighting, firefights, and sudden plot twists. Although some parts of the storyline and hand-to-hand combat are a bit unrealistic and almost headache-inducing due to the harsh filming angles, being able to see the storyline played out through an intense, big-screen film was ultimately pleasing.
Overall, Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins embraces the culture of G.I Joe films: action-packed thrills, heavy explosions, and a developed storyline. The film is meant to simultaneously cater to new fans and longtime fans, and I believe this was mostly a success. A cliffhanger ending is guaranteed to leave movie-goers with a strong desire to see how the rest of the story unfolds in the future follow-up film.