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MARINE, THE: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
When Marine John Triton (John Cena) is discharged from the army in Iraq after failing to obey orders, his world falls apart. He tries a job as corporate security guard, but he only lasts one day. His wife Kate (Kelly Carlson) suggests they take a camping holiday, but when they stop at a gas station, Kate is kidnapped by diamond thieves led by Rome (Jason Patrick) and taken hostage. Triton is quick to follow in pursuit.

Review by Louise Keller:
It's a shame that The Marine did not receive a theatrical release in Australia. Not only was much of it shot here, but as an action popcorn adventure, it has reasonable merit. Starring wrestling champ John Cena in the lead role as former Marine and reluctant hero John Triton, there's non-stop action as Triton single-handedly rescues his wife Kate (Kelly Carlson), after she is taken hostage by ruthless diamond thief and killer Rome (Jason Patrick). To me, Patrick will always be the Terminator (from Terminator 2), and there's a tongue in cheek reference in one of the car chase sequences, when Rome's colleague tells him 'This guy is like the terminator.'

First time director John Bonito knows exactly what kind of film he is making, and nothing is taken too seriously. Sure, there may be a few trite one-liners, but there's plenty of pace, not too much dialogue and lots of big-budget action. The first five minutes of the film establishes Triton's bravery, determination and affection of his wife, and after an entertaining sequence in which his first job as corporate security guard ends in broken glass and sore egos, he and Kelly hit the road to get away from it all. The car chases are thrilling and a spectacular car smash ends in a swampland with man-eating alligators, hot tempers and double crosses.

Not surprisingly he excels in all the physical scenes, but he also has charisma and appeal in his other encounters. DVD special features include John Cena features, the world premiere and a making-of documentary.

Published July 26, 2007

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MARINE, THE: DVD (M)
(US, 2006)

CAST: John Cena, Robert Patrick, Kelly Carlson

PRODUCER: Joel Simon, Jonathan Winfrey

DIRECTOR: John Bonito

SCRIPT: Michelle Gallagher, Alan B. McElroy

CINEMATOGRAPHER: David Eggby

EDITOR: Dallas Puett

MUSIC: Don Davis

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Herbert Pinter

RUNNING TIME: 93 minutes

PRESENTATION: Widescreen

SPECIAL FEATURES: The making of; the world premiere; John Cena features; promotional featurettes

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

DVD RELEASE: July 25, 2007







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