Tuesday, 16 June 2015

The Marine 3: Homefront


Directed by: Scott Wiper
Written by: Scott Wiper & Declan O’Brien
Starring: Mike ‘The Miz’ Mizanin, Camille Sullivan, Ashley Bell, Michael Eklund, Darren Shahlavi & Neal McDonough

Love it or loathe it (and it appears to be loved and loathed in equal measure!) The Marine franchise trundles on with this very solid third entry, Homefront. New instalment therefore new WWE wrestler front and centre as the bad ass marine character. This time around it’s Mike ‘The Miz’ Mizanin who makes an impressive debut as marine Jake Carter returning home to visit his two sisters while on leave. No sooner has he returned, had some BBQ, sunk some beers and busted balls with his old high school buddy (now town Sherriff!), he is up to his eye balls in bad guy Neal McDonough’s evil plans. He and his gang of goons plan to level some important building in downtown Seattle, to make a stand against corporate greed (or something), and their base of operations is an abandoned boat and shipyard in Carter’s hometown. One of Jake’s sisters witnesses these evil dudes killing someone in cold blood, is swiftly kidnapped and held hostage (along with her boyfriend) and when the FBI prove inept at handling the situation (of course!) it’s up to Carter and his bad ass marine skills to storm the boat stronghold and engage in an excessive amount of gun battles with the bad guys. 

This nobody reviewer thoroughly enjoys The Marine series (and aint ashamed of it) and Homefront is a solid entry that keeps the franchise chugging along effectively. The cartoonishness of the action has been toned down from the first film (perhaps still the most fun entry in the franchise: partly due to Robert Patrick’s awesome over-the-top villain) but The Marine 3 is still a fast and fun slice of action thanks in part to a decent cast and some hard edged firepower in the action scenes. The Miz makes a decent stab at leading man status and though is kept off screen somewhat during the middle stretch of the film (so the likes of McDonough can do all the heavy lifting acting!), kicks some serious ass when it comes time for him to go rescue his sister. He gets a wicked one-on-one fight with the late great Darren Shahlavi (The Package, Ip Man 2) who plays a pumped up henchman and the film benefits from the filmmakers staging some impressive high powered gun fights with lots of high tech artillery.

Director Scott Wiper knows action (The Condemned, A Better Way To Die) and uses his unique location of a giant abandoned ferry to give the setting  a distinctive look and basically rip apart the boat with an impressive amount of gunfire and carnage: think Heat but on a budget. The lack of CGI enhancement lends proceedings a rougher and tougher vibe and Neal McDonough (Red 2, Falcon Rising) brings class as the somewhat sympathetic (but ruthless) villain. Sure it’s all pretty straightforward and streamlined (with the obligatory jingoistic montage of what it is to be a marine!) but at 80 minutes and well put together, The Marine 3 is an often slick and sharp shooting good time. 

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