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The Marine (2006)

A group of diamond thieves on the run kidnap the wife of a recently discharged marine who goes on a chase through the South Carolinian wilderness to retrieve her.

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John Triton is a heroic Marine who returns home after being discharged--against his will--from the Iraq War. Stateside, he finds himself back in action, when a group of murderous diamond thieves on the run led by a merciless criminal named Rome has kidnapped his wife and John goes on a chase through the South Carolinian wilderness to retrieve her. With everything on the line, the Marine will stop at nothing to carry out his toughest and most important mission. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violent action, sensuality and language | See all certifications »

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13 October 2006 (USA)  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,138,774, 15 October 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$18,843,314, 21 January 2007
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Opening footage of the enemy base in the Middle East is actually footage from Rambo III. See more »

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Frank: [while trying to convince Morgan to choose a Mini-Van] It's got CD, DVD... we can even get Joey to put some spinners on it.
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I actually really enjoyed it
29 May 2007 | by See all my reviews

I heard that this film was a stinker so went into it with low hopes.

The cheesy salute and Cena in uniform against the flag for the opening title was so bad that I was ready to believe everything. Then he went and killed a few Arabs, rescuing some Septic soldiers in the process (or was it the other way around? It was a needless introduction anyhow). Cue one semi-sex scene, at the start of which I was thinking, "Can this get any worse?" and then - as if by magic - we were spared the senseless soft porn and the film picked up.

Cena takes a job as a security guard but things don't work out as planned (though they're certainly entertaining), and he and his wife decide to take some time away from it all.

Cute.

Oh, wait, because Cena - just coming back from a tour of duty in Afghanistan, which saw him being dismissed from the Core - has seen too much sand lately (or words to that effect) and they opt for a trip to the mountains instead - a decision which leads to his wife being taken hostage by a group of diamond smugglers with a penchant for killing people at random.

It's all been fun up to this point (if only somebody would have re-edited the title and chopped off the opening scene) and the tongue-in-cheek, over-the-top action suddenly goes into over-drive - much to my complete satisfaction.

Unrealistic? Ludicrous?

Well who wants to see real violence - it's not entertaining, it's sick! And "ludicrous" is the deus ex machina in Twelve Monkeys; nothing nearly as ill-fitting or bad as that can ever occur again - least of all in a film like this.

Give this film a chance and make your own mind up about it - that's the best advice I can offer. Take it all with the extra pinch of salt it was intended to be seen with and you might just even find yourself enjoying it too.

Oh, and in what other films does one hear terrific lines like, "Does everything have to be racial with you?"

In order to know what I mean by that, you'll just have to watch it, but it's something I've expressed in the past to many a lip-kissing sound, so kudos for leaving the great satire in.


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