Notable Cast: Mike "The Miz" Mizanin, Neal McDonough, Ashley Bell, Camille Sullivan, Michael Eklund
In a weird attempt to save myself from being thrown into a black hole of crappy action film mediocrity, I decided that my exposure to "The Marine" franchise would be one where I go backwards. I would start with the latest entry, "The Marine 3: Homefront", and work my way to the first just to see if, by some miracle, they actually get better as they go. This plan seems to already be working because "Marine 3" is about as generic and forgettable of an action movie as they get. No, seriously, there is not a whole lot I even remember about the movie let alone anything good to say about it. Even for B-grade action fans this one might be a pass.
Sgt Jake Carter (Mike "The Miz" Mizanin) is returning home to his small town life after being on a covert mission. He is looking for some R&R with his two sisters (Bell, Sullivan) and just getting back to normal life for a bit. Normal life is about to careen off of a cliff when his little sister witnesses a shooting by a professor turned economic terrorist Pope (McDonough) and is taken hostage. Now its up to Carter to get her out when the FBI fumbles the ball.
|The same reaction I had when I found out "The Miz" was the lead.|
As an action film, "The Marine 3" generally gives us the run down. Tough guy coming home and out of his element, gun fights in a cool setting (this time an an abandoned ferry - which really makes no sense but whatever), and a couple fist fights just to show off our hero's ability to throw people into breakable props. They even go as far as to make his inability to cope with regular existence as cliche as possible. Oh no, he just got in a bar fight and almost killed a guy! Well at least Nic Cage killed that bastard in "Con Air." So really there is nothing about the focus or the by the numbers directing to inspire dedication to this franchise or even this film.
|Nothing says economic terrorist then blowing something up and wielding machine guns.|
As a bonus annoyance, "The Marine 3" looks terrible in production values. It looks like it was made straight for TV, like a Spike Original or some shit, and the digital filming makes some of the action sequences blurry and unfocused. There is a sequence with the FBI storming the abandoned ferry that looked like a rejected sequence from Fox's "24." Not good when it comes down to it and often frustrating for a even a B-action fan like myself.
More or less, "The Marine 3" was made for WWE fans looking to see another one of their stars try to make his way into mainstream film success. I sincerely doubt that this film will do it with its by-the-numbers plot and terrible execution, but you never know. For action fans, this might be one to wait for on Netflix Streaming or as a borrow from a friend. Otherwise don't worry about seeking it out or doing the impulse buy at your local Wal-Mart.
Written By Matt Reifschneider