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Surprisingly good, lots of fun!,
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This review is from: The Marine 3: Homefront (DVD)
Knowing the reputation of this series, and the fact that it's a WWE-financed vehicle for wrestling superstar John "The Miz" Mizanin, I can't help but love this movie. While the first one was unremarkable (save for Robert Patrick, as the villain), with the second being totally forgettable, "Homefront" throws away the two previous films and introduces a totally new story.
"The Marine 3" feels more like a reboot of the first two, despite the fact that 2 was unrelated to 1, and is actually serves as a good stand-alone film that can be watched with no prior knowledge of the previous ones. A lot of the movie hangs on whether or not you happen to be a fan of The Miz (which I am), as he caries a number of scenes. Unlike John Cena, Mizanin can actually put on civilian clothes without looking like a wrestler in disguise. I was also surprised by the fact that he get's pretty beat up over the coarse of the film, a la John McClane from "Die Hard". Speaking of which, the film is clearly influences in par by the Die Hard films, but this wasn't a problem for me, as it never felt like it was veering into being a rip-off.
Aside from Mizanin, the other central character of the film is the story's villain- played by Neal McDonough (who has shaken off the taint of his role in the awful Chun-Li film). McDonough is one of those actors who alwaya seems to skirt on the edges of the mainstream, yet never achieve full acceptance, but his surprisingly understated performance gives me hope that he has a future. The story is more ambitious than might be expected, with a bit a nice of social commentary that doesn't beet you over the head, and a fairly decent budget for a direct-to-DVD film.
The best of the three films, strongly recommended!