These two are probably the most exciting characters for me this year (yea, they even top Thor's second appearance, Iron Man and the Mandarin, Capt Kirk and Kahn); I am really looking forward to seeing what Storm Shadow (the white ninja) and Snake Eyes (the black ninja, the good guy) do in GI Joe Retaliation and here is a clip of one of their fights:
If you haven't seen GI Joe from 2009, I strongly suggest you do so (there is time before the March 28 release). As a small boy who would become Snake Eyes, he went into the kitchen of a monastery/training facility where young Storm Shadow--a ninja in training--saw the other boy, accused him of stealing food (rather like Jean Valjean's crime in Les Miserables) and proceeded to kill the boy for eating noodles; they have a fierce fight and Hard Master (the trainer) comes in and tells Storm Shadow they must "show him the path" and young Snake Eyes begins training and advances to become the "best pupil," of Hard Master,... just after this, Hard Master is stabbed to death and Snake Eyes sees Storm Shadow running away, totally guilty,... the problem is, the featurette clip below suggests that Storm Shadow was framed for the murder. What has torn Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow apart is Snake Eyes believing Storm Shadow committed the murder, after which Snake Eyes took a vow of silence, and herein lies the intensity of that relationship.
Your Master dies; why take a vow of silence?
The ultra-villain of GI Joe is Cobra (pictured below), and it would be easy to mistake Snake Eyes for one of Cobra's henchmen, and the detailing of why Snake Eyes is the good guy (better than the "good guy," the virtuous hero) is the reason why I am so impressed with the characterization of this film and the film's faith in us they we will be able to forge the bond of understanding with this character). Snake Eyes and Cobra illustrates two angles of the same animal: the snake. A snake doesn't blink its eyes, and some of you may recall our discussion on Sherlock Holmes' (2009) Irene Adler (Rachel McAdams) "winking" at Holmes when he's in the fighting pit and--because eyes symbolize wisdom because wisdom relies upon a person being able to "see" the true nature of something--Irene's wink reveals that she willingly "doesn't see" all she should (she lacks foresight) and doesn't "see" how dangerous Moriarty is to her (which Holmes warns her about). Snake Eyes, on the other hand, is the exact opposite: never "blinking" his eyes, he sees everything making him wise because the first step in overcoming your enemy is overcoming yourself, then knowing your enemy and their weaknesses.
On the other hand,...
This clip offers sufficient reason to see GI Joe Retaliation in 3D:
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