Friday, March 30, 2007

Missing action!

The Marine
Directed by: John Bonito
Starring: John Cena, Robert Patrick, Kelly Carlson, Anthony Ray Parker

If you thought WWE-champion-turned actor The Rock was as wooden as an actor can be, then, ladies and gentlemen, please make way for ‘the next wooden star on the block’ John Cena. What bothers you most about the film is this: Why to cast a person in the lead who can’t even act to save his life (though he ends up saving so many lives in the film!). Just cashing on his popularity in the WWE arena? Then again, it was supposed to be an action film. But where are the action? The Rock was lucky. He was the part of the high-profile projects (The Mummy Returns, The Scorpion King) and did some good stunts too (Welcome to Jungle). Cena is unlucky in the both departments.
Next question. Why the film is called The Marine? Okay, the hero is a soldier. But there’s no war here. John Triton returns from Iraq due to some complications, and goes for a vacation with his wife. He meets some goons on the way, who, in their foolishness, kidnap his wife. Now our good marine has to put his act together and find his wife in the wilderness of South Carolina.
Sounds like good scope for power-packed action! Cena’s muscles are good to look at, alright, but man, where’s the action? Is there aren’t any action, will the explosives do? Or a Sylvester Stallone of First Blood look-alive?
In the end, the Marine is a ho-hum affair, neither here not there. And the lead character’s inability to act makes the things worse. Even his co-starts fail to help him. Being on The Rocks, Van Diesels, they are anytime better.

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