The perfect summer movie. Director Stephen Sommers (The Mummy
, Van Helsing
) comes out with a flick that entertains on every level with effects, action, charm and humor. Channing Tatum (Fighting
) is Duke, a new recruit into the elite, top-secret "G.I. Joe" program after a mission goes awry and some very deadly weapons are stolen by a megalomaniac. Now, along with best friend Ripcord (Marlon Wayans) and newfound friends Scarlett (Rachel Nichols), Breaker (Said Taghmaoui), and Storm Shadow (Ray Park), he must get those warheads back at all cost, or else the entire world could be at risk. The excitement is fluid and incredible. "Joe" soldiers in hi-tech suits dodge traffic and jump over buses during an intense chase, plus an assault on the team's hidden base that dazzles the eyes and a huge climactic battle that is reminiscent of an old James Bond film (complete with the villain explaining his evil plot). Channing Tatum does fine as the film's hero, though his performance could've used a little more charisma. There is just the right amount of good storytelling, awesome action and good old fashioned fun in this film to make it a great thrill ride. Not quite a four-star, but pretty darn close.