In rebooting G.I. Joe for the big screen once again, Paramount followed the itinerary previously stepped a few years ago by the Transformers series and its Bumblebee spin-off. Like that movie, which deliberately stood at arm’s length from the Bayhem of the previous chapters, Snake Eyes eschews a bulky listing and world-ending bets in favour of a narrower remit, with the broader franchise existing around its edges. It’s an only sensible coming, though the true measure of its success will only be seen when/ if the obvious grains being laid in place are allowed to flower in planned sequels for the “Real American Hero.” Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins opens July 23.

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