The Marine – Unrated

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Rating: PG-13 / Unrated

Starring:
John Cena as John Triton
Robert Patrick as Rome
Kelly Carlson as Kate Triton
Anthony Ray Parker as Morgan
Abigail Bianca as Angela
Jerome Ehlers as Van Buren
Manu Bennett as Bennett
Damon Gibson as Vescera
Drew Powell as Joe
Frank Carlopio as Frank

Special Features:
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

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.85:1)
English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
French and Spanish Language
Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 92 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the official DVD synopsis:

“WWE champion John Cena dominates the big screen as Marine John Triton. Wherever there’s danger, Triton is usually smack dab in the middle of it… and he doesn’t play by rules! After he’s unwillingly discharged from Iraq, Triton’s beautiful wife Kate (“Nip/Tuck’s” Kelly Carlson) is kidnapped by merciless jewel thieves led by a vicious killer (Robert Patrick)! Now, Triton must fight to save her, utilizing his most powerful weapon – himself!”

“The Marine” is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violent action, sensuality and language. This DVD also includes an unrated version.

Mini-Review:
“The Marine” is pretty much exactly what you’d expect from a production company called “WWE Films”. There are tough guys, hot women, minimal plot, lots of action, and lots of explosions. In short, it’s your typical guy film. John Cena is WWE’s latest wrestler to be thrust into the movies. Like The Rock, he’s a muscle-bound jock with a softer side. I wouldn’t say “The Marine” proves he has star power, but Cena by no means makes a fool of himself. I think with a better script, he could be a good action star.

The story for “The Marine” has huge plot holes and serves little purpose beyond stringing together the numerous action scenes. And the action scenes get progressively more and more outrageous as they go. I lost count of how many times Cena jumped out of an exploding building in slow motion.

Unfortunately, the supporting cast isn’t terribly spectacular. The villains are comedic one second, then cold-blooded killers the next moment. The dramatic shift in tone didn’t fit the story at all. And I usually like Robert Patrick, but this shift from clown to murderer made his performance rather cheesy.

“The Marine” is a perfect film for wrestling fans and particularly fans of John Cena, but anyone wanting a little more in their action flicks should look elsewhere.

There’s a standard selection of bonus features on this DVD. You can choose from the theatrical version of the film or the unrated version. You’ll also find your usual “making of” featurette, footage from the premiere of the movie at Camp Pendelton, and a number of 2 minute featurettes shown on TV. But most notable are three featurettes highlighting John Cena. One covers his career in the WWE and shows his transition from hip-hop street punk to Marine. (You also get to see him body slam Kevin Federline, possibly a DVD highlight for 2007.) Another covers his promotions with the Marines overseas. The final featurette shows him going through rigorous Marine trainingÂ…for a day. It’s not exactly the training you see other actors go through for films, but he does show appreciation for real Marines afterwards.

Watch six clips from “The Marine” here.

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