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This review is from: The Marine 3: Homefront [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
The Marine 3, obviously, is now the 3rd in its series. By this point, you should know what to expect. The first two flicks were religiously devout to adhering to action movie formulas, and the third is certainly no exception. It's still about a tough guy coming home from a tour of duty, not being able to cope with the life he's left behind, and stumbling head-on into a hyper-violent situation with cardboard villains (and yes, cardboard heroes) and tons of ADHD action.
From that, it's easy to know if this will be up your alley. So really, the only points to discuss are the flow of this action, since story and characters are completely sidelined, and how it fits into the series.
Each new entry is a new wrestler playing a new character. I will say that Miz was a lot more convincing as an actor than Cena or Dibiase. No one's going to be honoring him with any awards for his work, but I didn't have to cringe at any of his delivery.
The action turns out pretty well in this one. It's clearly inspired by a lot of other action movies (Under Siege and Heat stand out in my mind), but that's par for the course in direct-to-video fare. Fortunately, the direction keeps these scenes from feeling too much like a poor man's version of its blockbuster inspirations.
Action-wise, everything works, but nothing stands out as truly memorable.
As far as fitting into the series, if you're expecting something slightly different as new crews tackle the concept, you'll be satisfied with this take. The first was certainly very goofy, and this one is more serious like Marine 2, but Marine 3 handles it much better, and looks a whole lot slicker than the previous entry. Miz's character is made to be single, rescuing a sister rather than his girl, which excises a lot of the awkward development of a romantic couple that wasn't written or acted well in the first two entries.
Overall, it fits well into the series, so fans of the first two should enjoy it. Direct-to-video action fans will probably enjoy it more than Marine 2 as well. Fans outside of those niches, however, may want to pass and look for something with more meat.