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The Marine

Released

Latest Home Video

Jan 29, 2007

MPAA Rating:

PG-13


Run Time:

93

Cast

John Cena

Kelly Carlson

Robert Patrick

Studio

2006 Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Still shot from the movie: The Marine.

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OverallC-
ViolenceD+
SexB-
LanguageC-
Drugs/AlcoholB
Run Time93

Making the Grades

Coming home from combat can be a tough transition. Highly trained and fresh from an Iraqi battle zone, John Triton (John Cena) has been discharged after disobeying orders when he single-handedly rescued three fellow officers from an Al Qaeda terrorist group. Now the war vet is stuck behind a desk working as a security guard in a large office building.

However, his cushy civilian life takes a turn when a gang of trigger-happy jewel thieves kidnaps his wife Kate (Kelly Carlson) during a gas station stop. While the fueling station burns in the background, John pulls an injured state patrolman out of his cruiser and heads after the escaping criminals.

Barreling down the highway, the speeding cars tear through heavy traffic and nearly clip a crew of construction workers before one of the vehicles crashes over the side of cliff. From there, snakes, alligators and the South Carolina marshlands add to the tension as the bandits try to escape on foot. But John, armed with a huge assault knife, tracks the depraved heist leader (Robert Patrick) and his dwindling group of thugs through the southern bayou.

Like the discharged soldier in the film, WWE wrestler John Cena is undergoing a transition from the mat to the big screen. Following the career path of WWE champion Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson who tested his acting skills in films like The Mummy Returns, The Rundown and Gridiron Gang, Cena takes on the role of a super action hero.

Unfortunately the exploits in this filmsometimes feel as staged as a professional wrestling match with slow-motion camera angles, a stirring musical score and the exaggerated indestructibility of the muscular hero who is beaten, kicked, shot at and simultaneously attacked by a whole host of brutes. His foolhardy actions, like running with a knife, are also anything but exemplary.

Individuals and property become as disposable as spent bullet shells to the lawbreakers who make a habit of torching every crime scene they are involved in, leaving a sky-high plume of smoke to alert law officials of their whereabouts. The script also contains brief sexual comments, some foreplay between a married couple and repeated profanities, including a strong expletive.

While this tough-minded Marine locks on his target like a land-launched missile, the movie's excessive violence and the far-fetched abilities of this one-man recovery unit make this film fizzle before it hits the mark.

Discussion Ideas After The Movie

Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about The Marine.

One of the thugs hates the idea of having to drive a minivan for his getaway car. How can a car, clothes or other material possessions affect a person’s self-image?

How does the film justify vigilantism? Who are the “bad guys” in the movie? Is there ever a time when taking the law into your own hands is defensible?

How does greed affect relationships between characters in this film? What does the gang leader’s girlfriend (Abigail Bianca) feel she has to do to keep his attention? How does he value human life in comparison to the diamonds?

Home Video Viewing Alternatives

Here are some ideas for home video titles that are related to The Marine.

Robert Patrick, who plays the diamond thief in The Marine, also stars as the father of country music icon Johnny Cash in the film Walk the Line. As well, he has a role in the fireman story Ladder 49.

Canadian Movie Ratings

BC
SK
14A Frequent Violence
AB 14A Violence. Mature Themes.
MB 14A Not Recommended For Young Children, Violence, Language May OffendNot recommended for children. Language may offend.-----
ON 14A Not Recommended for Children, Violence.
QC 13+ Violence.
NB
NS
NL
PE
14A

Canadian Home Video Rating: 14A

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Details on home video releases of The Marine...

The Marine takes the DVD market by storm in three editions: The Marine (as seen in theaters), The Marine (the unrated version) and The Marine (in Blu-ray). The theatrical and Blu-ray presentations come with only the theatrical trailers for bonus material.

But the Unrated edition is fully loaded. Providing both the cut and uncut versions of the film, this DVD also packs the following featurettes: The Making of The Marine, World Premiere at Camp Pendelton, Stuck in the Elevator and WWE Promotional Features. Fans of the film’s star will also get to know every thing about him with: John Cena Profile, John Cena Military History, Cena Basic Training, Cena’s Aussie Day Of. Audio tracks are available in English (DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround) and Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), with subtitles in English and Spanish.

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