Old people toys never die. They keep coming back in new poses and flexing different muscles like from movies and TV shows. This weekend brings two popular artifacts from many childhoods back to the screens: Snake Eyes: GI Joe Origins hits theaters, with Henry Golding ( Crazy Rich Asians ) as a martial arts warrior; and Master of the Universe: Revelation lands on Netflix, bringing director Kevin Smith's updated animated version to the series, bringing a little more power and certainly higher stakes for those who have weaned themselves from it. 'animationlimited and rigid 1980s. Snake Eyes represents the third live-action film GI Joe - eight years after the last entry - building on a Hasbro toy franchise introduced in the '60s. Yet even though the film seems to yearn to revive the franchise, it seems to have forgotten to bother with a cohesive storyline, which leaves one wondering how a movie with so much action manages to be so. boring. Golding's main character is portrayed as a child given a strong motivation for revenge. When we meet him two decades later, he continues this quest, leading him to Japan and the world of an ancient clan known as the Arashikage. For much of the first hour, Snake Eyes seeks to find his place in their hierarchy, which continues to test his worth even when they face a threat.outer ace from the Yakuza, a dark criminal enterprise.Read MoreYes, there is finally room for terror- fighting Joes and their bitter nemesis Cob ra to sneak into the narrative, but director Robert Schwentke ( RED ) and a trio of writers take the origins part so seriously that the story goes on for two hours - punctuated with martial arts action and worrying about an artifact magical - before you run out of time. Golding makes a solid hero, with Andrew Koji and Haruka Abe as key members of the clan - one having welcomed him into their ranks, the other skeptical. But there's not much that actors can do with such terribly thin material, turning Snake Eyes into a movie that comes close to the look of action figures, but can't finally not mention the depth. Skeletor (voiced by Mark Hamill) and He-Man (Chris Woo d) face off in 'Masters of the Universe: Revelation. 'As for Masters of the Universe, Smith presents a refreshed version of the original series, augmented by a renowned voice cast, including Mark Hamill in Skeletor, Sarah Michelle Gellar inTeela and a pair of Game of Thrones alumni, Lena Headey and Liam Cunningham, as Evil-Lyn and Man-At-Arms respectively, essentially picking up where previous versions left off, the tone is bolder and clearly more ambitious, starting with the fact that there is actual fighting and the threat to Eternia is of a universe-endangering nature. Smith takes it all seriously - or at least as seriously as possible when a guy wields a sword and shouts By the power of Grayskull! For those who expect something that really pushes the boundaries, rest assured, no one will mistake this for Clerk . those heavily imbued with Masters lore, the action continues by telling a serialized story that is billed a Part I. Smith explained his penchant for Masters of the Universe in a note to the screamsticks, writing: Reverence for the source material was our first priority. We knew we were playing with people 's childhood here, and we didn't want to deny or ruin their happy memories of the classic cartoon that we did. they grew up loving. With all due respect to the fans, those cartoons weren't very good. Plus, there was an unsavory aspect to the toy-based TV shows of the 1980s, which the late activist Peggy Charren at the time nicknamed long-lived which were created to sell things , while she advocated for better programming for children. Today, young audiences have a huge assortment of options, albeit usually at a price. Yet although the packaging is different, Snake Eyes and Masters of the Universe: Revelation mainly reveal that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Snake Eyes: GI Joe Origins will be presented in premieres in US theaters on July 23. It is rated PG-13. Masters of the Universal: Revelation premieres on Netflix on July 23.