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Review of The Marine 2

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Review of The Marine 2

The Marine 2

© 2009 Twentieth Century Fox. All Rights Reserved.

The Bottom Line

The Marine 2 is the latest movie from WWE Films. The movie stars Ted DiBiase. The movie is exactly what you think it is going to be. If you like this type of movie and the films WWE has made so far you will enjoy this. If not, you won't.
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Pros

  • You do not need to have seen The Marine to follow this movie.
  • Some impressive looking fight scenes.

Cons

  • There is no great actor or witty dialogue in the movie to help keep the film moving.
  • Contains elements of every other film by WWE Films (except for See No Evil).

Description

  • Despite what Amazon.com says, there are no featured commentary tracks for this movie on either DVD or Blu-ray.
  • The movie is Rated R for violence.
  • The movie has a run time of slightly over an hour-and-a-half.
  • The movie is directed by Roel Reiné (Pistol Whipped).
  • The villain in the movie is played by Temuera Morrison (Jango Fett in Star Wars).
  • Extras include extended and deleted scenes as well as some behind the footage including a look at the DiBiase family legacy.
  • The movie is available on DVD, Blu-ray and as part of a DVD combo pack with The Marine.

Guide Review - Review of The Marine 2

While the plot is very similar to The Marine, there is nothing else but the title linking these films together. In this movie, Ted's wife is kidnapped along with a bunch of people on vacation at an exclusive resort by guerillas looking to get a huge ransom. Ted must use his Marine skills to defeat the guerillas and some mercenaries and at the same time rescue several dozen hostages.

Despite the similarities in the plot, I had a Bizarro-type reaction to this movie when compared to watching the original. The things I hated about the first movie were fixed and the thing I liked about the first movie was taken away.

The only thing I liked in the first movie was the acting by Robert Patrick. There was no strong actor in this film. While Ted was OK in his role, he could have used help to carry the movie. That is not to say that the acting is horrible in this movie, it just isn't very memorable. Part of that was due to the dialogue in the movie as no character has any memorable lines, there is no witty banter, and all the characters are cliches because of that.

On the other hand, the things I hated about the first movie have been taken care of. There aren't a ludicrous amount of explosions, the fight scenes are very good, and you actually get the opportunity to see how Ted kills his enemies.

The biggest difference between this movie and The Marine is that this movie is Rated R. Unlike the WWE television programs which have recently gone to a PG rating and banned blood, their movie division has gone in the opposite direction and made a movie that the whole family can not see and features a lot of blood.

Overall Recommendation: I would rent this on Netflix instead of buying it. If there was a commentary track, I might have been swayed towards purchase. There are three ways to buy this movie and I have given you price comparison links to all three ways to buy it below this review. If you decide to go to the store to buy the movie, Kmart is running a deal with the WWE called Royal Riches where you can get $10 off your purchase of the Royal Rumble if you spend $35 on WWE merchandise at the store between 1/10 and 1/31.

Disclosure: A review copy was provided by the publisher. For more information, please see our Ethics Policy.

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