The Marine (7/10)
by Tony Medley
You pays your money and you
takes your choice. When you go to see a movie like this, you should know
what youíre in for. Thereís going to be a lot of bad guys, and theyíre
going to be really bad. Thereís going to be a damsel in distress.
Thereís going to be a surprise bad guy. And, last but not least, thereís
going to be a good guy who is good and tough beyond belief.
John Triton (John Cena) is an
heroic ex-marine whose wife, Kate (Kelly Carlson) is kidnapped by a
brutal gang of jewel thieves led by Rome (Robert Patrick), who kills
with glee and without remorse, which doesnít set him apart from his
psychopathic gang members. John takes out after them. You get the
feeling that John can take on anything up to the size of a platoon
without much of a problem. While credibility might suffer during his
chase, itís still fun. You will rarely see a human being with arms the
size of Cenaís.
Written (Michelle Gallagher
and Alan McElroy) and directed (John Bonito) with humor and pace, what
surprised me about it was that the acting is uniformly good, including
Cena. This is a tongue-in-cheek chase film with some absurdly
unbelievable stunts and special effects, but itís all done on a level
that nobody takes very seriously.
Although there is a lot of
violence, itís not graphic in the sense that we see peopleís heads being
blown off. I was tired and sleepy when I attended the film, but never
even felt a twinge of nodding off.
October 15, 2006