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WWE wrestling champion John Cena makes his motion picture debut in this rugged action thriller. Cena is John Triton, a heroic Marine who returns home after being discharged against his will -- from the Iraq War. Stateside, he finds himself back in action, when his wife (Kelly Carlson) is kidnapped by a murderous gang led by the merciless Rome (Robert Patrick). With everything on the line, the Marine will stop at nothing to carry out his toughest and most important mission.
The feature film debut of wrestling superstar John Cena, The Marine offers an agreeable smorgasbord of slam-bang action for viewers willing to swallow whole their disbelief for the sake of enjoying the plot. Cena, who is one of the most animated performers in the wrestling arena, is saddled with a taciturn role as a former Marine with an authority problem who tangles with dangerous jewel thieves (led by Robert Patrick) after they take his wife (Kelly Carlson of Nip/Tuck) hostage. Cena handles the physical duties of his role with ease, and former commercial director John Bonito offers him a frantic array of situations in which to display his prowess. On the whole, however, the picture is very light in the logic department, and filled with cardboard characters that quickly wear out their welcome (save Patrick, who tosses villainous one-liners with scene-stealing brio). Extras include a making-of featurette, which includes talking-head interviews with the cast, crew, and WWE head/producer Vince McMahon, as well as a barrage of shorter featurettes on Cena's rise to fame and the film's premiere at Camp Pendleton. --Paul Gaita
- Unrated edition features both theatrical and unrated versions on one disc
- "The Making of The Marine" featurette
- John Cena Profile
- John Cena Military History
- Cena Basic Training
- Cena's Aussie Day Off
- World Premiere at Camp Pendelton
- WWE Promotional Features
- Stuck in the Elevator
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The character development of John Triton was pretty good, but established him as more of a loose cannon rather than a highly skilled combat individual. This is further reinforced when he gets into fights and essentially uses his face to block many of the punches. That may work in the WWE, but does not establish a character who is supposed to be highly skilled in hand/hand combat.
Some of the scenes in the movie seemed to be filler to get minutes. Especially his encounter with the two poachers while running through the swamp.
However, the movie still managed to be fun to watch, once I was able to adjust my expectations for the movie to be WWE entertainment, and not as a full action movie.
Overall, you can enjoy this movie if you choose to, it isn't a total loss, but neither is it a winner.
Robert Patrick is plain fantastic in this flick. The filmmaker is smart as he gave the lion's share of the line to Mr. Patrick. He plays a great, sarcastic bad guy, plain and simple. John Cena can act in the sense that Arnold Schwarzenegger can act. Mr. Cena lets his actions do the speaking, thankfully. Plus, he's a hottie so...
Overall, just an easy, cheesy, blow-em-up, action B-movie. The extras are pretty lame, though.
Now, THE ACTION sequences of this movie is what is worth the price of admission. From frame one, the pyrotechnics/asskicking is WHIZ BANG. The dialogue provides some fine comedic relief, " MAN, BROTHERS JUST DON'T DRIVE MINI-VANS, YA DIG? " (the pimp).
Cars disintergrate, bombs blow, bullets buzz, fires blaze, no time to bleed, complete the mission! This BLU-RAY izda bomb! Grandson, pass the popcorn.