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The Marine 2
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01.11.2010 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Roel Reine

Actors:
Ted Dibiase
Temuera Morrison
Lara Cox

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A marine back home after a rough mission, joins his wife at her boss’ exotic resort for a grand opening party. The locals aren’t too fond of Easterners invading their paradise however, and stage a coup to get some tribute and send a violent message.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I’m a fan of WWE productions, they were a gamble at first glance but have come a long way and continue to deliver solid action flicks. Being a John Cena fan, THE MARINE (as well as 12 Rounds) was a lot of fun for me. THE MARINE 2 is WWE’s first sequel (with the exception of BEHIND ENEMY LINES COLUMBIA which was another notch in a series not originally by WWE), and to be quite honest, comes to me as a bit of a shock considering there is plenty of fresh ways for them to continue in the film universe. THE MARINE 2 dropped Cena for Ted Dibiase Jr. but still managed to pull off a watchable action flick.

Dibiase is known in the WWE for being a heel, and most notably one of Randy Orton’s minions, but surprisingly enough his presence on screen is noteworthy enough as a lone wolf hero protagonist. Making his character a tough as nails, not too talkative type was smart for a guy with no acting background, but even still, his lines weren’t the stuff cheese legend that I assumed they would be. The acting here was decent and the story pretty good (not as fresh as its predecessor but still good). I also dug Dibiase’s “solid snake” tactics rather than the one man army RAMBO shit we usually see in these situations.

Where this film exceeded my expectations the most was cinematography. This flick looked phenomenal, the HD made the majestic locales look like a small piece of heaven. You’d never think this was a WWE STUDIOS production, and THAT is one of the major elements used to make these films stand out. This one puts a bit more emphasis on action with little to no comic relief (as many have before this), and though I enjoy the comedic moments (like Robert Patrick‘s character in THE MARINE) I can’t complain here as there’s nothing wrong with straight out action either.

THE MARINE 2 is exactly what I thought it would be as far as straight to DVD action sequels are concerned, but thankfully WWE STUDIOS put just enough finesse into it to make me feel good about having watched it. I had zero expectations going in, but ended up liking the ride far more than I expected. If you’re a fan of the WWE and its superstars these flicks are double to fun for being able to catch these boys in action, but if you’re not into the WWE scene and have no idea who guys like Ted Dibiase or John Cena are, you may not appreciate these films as much. Either way, there are far worse things you could be watching.
THE EXTRAS
Extended Scenes: There are nine minutes of extended footage that don’t do much more than reshow us just how beautiful the landscapes truly are.

Deleted Scenes: There are two scenes (barely three minutes total) which are pretty much extended scenes as well so I’m not sure why in hell they weren’t just put with the others.

Making the Cut: Deleted Shots Montage: Director Roel Reine tells us that there were lots more gorgeous shots that didn’t make the final cut, and now we get to see them. This makes me feel like I need a vacation somewhere tropical.

Behind the Scenes Featurettes: The cast and crew give us some more insight into the film’s key scenes. The pyrotechnic work is especially overwhelming.

Muay Thai Fight Outtakes: Director Roel Reine goes into detail about the fight scenes and choreography. Even Dibiase seemed to know how to fight about and beyond his wrestling skills.

Previews: There are also a handful of trailers.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Dibiase held his own, with a well rounded cast who played well off him. The action was slick, well shot and full of locales that were to die for. This wasn’t WWE’s best, but by no means was it the worst. I wouldn’t say you need to rush out and buy it, but it’s definitely worth a look.

Extra Tidbit: I’m still waiting for Triple H’s solo action debut, and I know it won’t happen but he’d make a cool Conan.
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