|Joaquim Dos Santos Director|
GI Joe Resolute is a animated movie where the Joes are pushed up against the wall after a well planned surprise attack against their forces by Cobra. Cobras plan to finally take over the world is set in motion and they must stop him.
And this is how I win the world. This juncture, of course, is usually where the wheels come off. But not this time! Cutting the traitor Major Bludd's heart in half right in front of you, right here in this room, should have gotten the point across. It suited me once to appear weak and cowardly, because it motivated you people to think. But today... is a new day. There will be no move to take over my command. There will be no mistakes. There will be none of your CRAP! NONE OF IT! Work with me, and I will give you the world in less than 24 hours. Work against me, and I will GUT you like a fish... right here.
|Eric Bauza||Tunnel Rat|
G.I. Joe:Resolute is a miniseries released as a full animated movie after airing on Adult Swim.The film is set during the continuous war between the Joes and Cobra but Cobra seems to be in hibernation waiting to strike. The film is a action adventure with the Joes reeling after Cobras surprise resurgence.
Resolute was announced in 2008 during the 2008 G.I. Joe Convention. During the convention it was described as a more mature take on the Joe franchise. Warren Ellis was brought in to write the series though he was initially unfamiliar with the Joe franchise. Sam Register was brought in to produce it and Joaquim Dos Santos directed it.
Former Cobra operative Major Blood is found dead with a Cobra dagger in his heart. G.I. Joe agent Scarlet possing as a member of the CSI confrims that it is Major Blood.
In the middle of the ocean the USS Flag is hit with a series of explosions heavily damanging the floating Joe headquarters. While searching the wreckage they come across Bazooka who has been murdered with out leaving a mark on him. The murder is the Cobra ninja Storm Shadow who leaves a message for Snake Eyes calling him battle him once last time where they once played.
Cobra forces begin to move into place taking over the H.A.A.R.P.(High Frequency Active Aurora Research Program). Cobra Island shoot multiple missles into orbit unleashing low hanging satalites.They also take over the Omsk-23 missile station in Siberia. Cobra Commander sends a message to the world leaders at the UN building in New York by using a mysterious weapon to vaporize Moscow with the flick of a switch. Commander demands that the worlds powers hand over control to him in 24 hours or he will continue to blow up cities until they submit.
The Joes on the USS Flag begin to react to Cobras plot unraviling how they are able to vaporize a city and block all satalite communications while keeping everything running on their end. a Joe, Dial-Tone realizes that Cobra has taken over the HAARP facilitiy and heating the Ionosphere allowing them to vaporize cities and cut off communications from satalites.Cobra is using low orbit satalites well below the Ionosphere letting them stay connected. The track the particle cannon to a missile site in Siberia.
The Joes begin planning a counter attack buy takking back all of the Cobra sites. Duke and Scarlet are transported to Siberia to take out the cannon. Gung-Ho, Roadblock, Stalker and Beach Head go to take back the H.A.A.R.P. facility where they discover Destro and the Baroness holding the scientest hostage.Tunnel Rat is sent 20 miles into the air to take care of the stratellites.
Snake Eyes journies back to the Arashikage where he learned next to Storm Shadow by his Uncle Hard Master. After taking out the Cobra guards he finds Storm Shadow and they do battle for once last time. Both eventually disarm eachother, Snake Eyes is able to cut Storm Shadows arms badly but fights back unarmed.Shadow is able to knock Snake Eyes down attempting to stab him with a spare sword but Snake Eyes blocks this attack by having the sword go through his hand. They fight more with Snake Eyes attempting to use the fith step to the sun but is blocked by Storm Shadow who uses the sixith step blasting Snake Eyes back.
Snake Eyes rembers a meeting he had with the Hard Master who explained to him why he was teching Snake Eyes the final step to the sun.The Master wants his teaching to live on and hopes Snake Eyes knows the power he will hold by knowing the final step. Snake Eyes begins to attack Storm Shadow again and uses all Seven Steps to the Sun, much to the shock of Storm Shadow killing him in seven blows. With his rival dead Snake Eyes returns to Joe headquarters ready to help his fellow Joe.
Tunnel Rat plans to take a helium baloon up to the satalites to get around the defensive messures. Once at the correct altitude he and his team grapple on to the satalite and find teh communications board. After one of the hooks break free and damage the stratalite two of Tunnel Rats men are knocked off the platform. They are safe though using pressure suits to survive reentry. Tunnel Rat centers himself and realizing he can not blow up the stratalite since there are so many of them instead gets them to overload one another by transofring power wirelessly. After setting of the chain reaction Tunnel Rat jumps to safety floating down to the earth below.
At the Omsk-23 site Duke and Scarlet come under fire from Cobra foces who had reinforced the area. Zartan is also there, Cobra took the remaining nuclear war heads and use it to power the particle cannon. After Duke kills Zartan and they finish off remaining Cobra forces Duke is shot in the ribs.They discover there is no way to shut down the cannon since it is remote activated they can however blow the war heads taking everything out. Duke injured urges Scarlet to leave him behind. She refuse finally proclaiming her love for him and are interrupted by Wild Bill who comes and evacuates them before the facility blows.
The Baroness and Destro have taken over the H.A.A.R.P. facility and are holding all the scintest hostage. The Joes use a explosion to distract and ambush the guards leaving only Destro and the Barroness. The front entrance is boobytrapped though Road Block and Gung-Ho are trapped in a long hallway. Stalker is able to free the hostages since Destro and Baroness are stuck in gun fight. The Joes are able to overwhelm them with flashbang grenades and capture them.
With the Omsk site and H.A.A.R.P. site captured the Joes begin to think that Cobra is on the run but are forces to evacuate the USS Flag as it is attacked by another particle cannon. Cobra had another H.A.A.R.P. site some where in the pacific with the cannon located in Springfeild, USA. The Joes all mass for a massive strike on the town in under two hours before the cannon can fire again. Inside the town Cobra Commander raises the defenses slowing down the Joe assult.When the town is overtaken he sneaks into a safe room that is completly sealed and the cannon is set to fire on Washinton D.C. . Arriving to late to stop the firing sequence Duke reprograms the cannon to fire on the town with the Commander locked inside as the Joes evacuate.
The Commanders body is never found.
Warren Ellis was brought in to write the film by producer Sam Register.Ellis despite writing in various mediums had no knowledge of the Joe universe but Register still wanted him to write it. Ellis took the job and wanted to write it as if it were the definitive Joe film, the live action film had yet to gain any traction in production. Originally Ellis wanted to blow up Bejing and even though Hasbro was supportive didn't like that idea and they settled on the blowing up Moscow instead.
Due to budgest restrictions many Joes didn't get speaking roles. Ellis on his blog stated "Voice actors cost money. I originally wrote WAY too many speaking roles, and had to remove a bunch of them in the second draft of Resolute, move some dialogue from excised characters to remaining characters, and so on."
Resolute was originally set to air as a miniseries with nine 5 minute episdoes with a 10 minute finale.
Christopher Monfette from IGN gave Resolute a 7 out of 10 in their DVD review saying "this is a great way to get a dose of smart, well-made, adult-oriented G.I. Joe."