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Also opening: 'G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra' and 'A Perfect Getaway'

A Perfect Getaway (R) looks like a good excuse for staycations, since traveling to Hawaii doesn't work out well for these tourists.

Steve Zahn (Rescue Dawn) and Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil) play honeymooners backpacking to a remote beach when they learn that other tourists have been brutally murdered on the island.

Together with another couple (Timothy Olyphant, Kiele Sanchez), they struggle to make it back to civilization safely.

Something tells me that the kid from Deliverance swapped his banjo for a ukulele.

A Perfect Getaway wasn't screened in time for Weekend review.

Nobody is named Joe in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (PG-13), and nobody is an actual G.I., in the traditional sense. If you think Stephen Sommers' movie will have anything to do with the classic action figures that brightened up Christmas mornings, you'd better get a kung fu grip on yourself.

"G.I. Joe" is now an abbreviation (without all those pesky periods and capitalizations) for Global Integrated Joint Operating Entity. Somebody got paid to make up that phrase, so a familiar title could morph into looking like every other summer movie blowing up stuff.

Dennis Quaid stars as General Hawk, leader of the elite military force battling the evil Cobra Command bent on world domination or something equally arch. A few other good actors are on duty — Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jonathan Pryce, Christopher Eccleston — but the stars will be the gee-whiz gadgets and pyrotechnics created by them.

A review of G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra will be available Saturday at and on Etc, Page 2B.

Also opening: 'G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra' and 'A Perfect Getaway' 08/05/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 5, 2009 4:30am]
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