A group of diamond thieves on the run take a woman hostage. She just happens to be the wife of retired marine who goes in pursuit to rescue her. I am a pro-wrestling fan, although a bit disenchanted with the WWE at the moment, and am a big fan of John Cena & Robert Patrick. This being the case, the WWE repeatedly played trailers, clips, interviews etc. for The Marine and, at first, I was totally psyched at the prospect of this being rival to Rambo but, after being inundated with floods of marketing campaign, I was tired of it and didn’t watch the film until a few weeks after its premiere. What I got was an unrealistic, too comical, watered-down, PG-13-rated crappy action movie! Very disappointed!
The story is totally unoriginal; it’s been down hundreds of times with Schwarzenegger, Segal, Van Dam, Norris, Stallone, Willis and on and on. A group of criminal take a marine’s wife hostage (God knows why) and the marine pursues them to save her. Wow, heavy stuff! I know, it’s just a mindless action flick starring a pro wrestler (ala Hogan, Piper, Goldberg), so I should’ve expected this. But, alas, I was still optimistic that Cena might be different and give us a big FU of a movie but, instead, I just felt like the writers yelled FU at me. So, the story’s beyond simple; even G.I. Joe had more complex plots!
The acting? Muhaha! Most everyone was mediocre or worse. Even Robert Patrick, playing the cold-hearted villain, Rome, wasn’t up to his usual par here. Still, even his lackluster, almost painful performance outshined the rest of the cast. Cena wasn’t too bad for not being an actor (far better than Hogan or HHH in Blade: Trinity). The rest of the cast is barely worth mentioning. Anthony Ray Parker, as the black henchman with anger management issues, Morgan, was okay. His character was both badass and comical but, while the humor was funny at times (especially his flashback of his male summer camp counselor showing him “things”), it greatly detracted from any seriousness the movie might’ve possessed.
The actions of Rome, the villain, were so unbelievable (like Hackman’s Lex in the 1980s Superman) that it became a joke. He killed people left & right (even his own crew), gun fire to wake the dead, gunfights with police, explosions galore and yet he & his crew still had time to be alone for good amounts of time to banter with police non-stop chasing them with helicopters. He left a trail a blind man could follow without a walking aide! And Cena survive countless explosions! Too unbelievable even for an action film.
The SFX are pretty good if you like tons of exaggerated explosions and crashes.
The music was okay but could’ve been heavier.
Overall, I can’t recommend this to anyone except, possibly, big Cena fans. When the highlight of an action movie is a few wrestling moves and comedy, it’s not a good action movie. The Marine, Rambo he is not!