The Marine
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WWE Smackdown star and self-proclaimed "Doctor of Thuganomics" John Cena makes his explosive action feature debut as John Triton, an injured U.S. Marine who returns home from duty after violating a commander's order, only to have his wife kidnapped by a ruthless criminal. Robert Patrick co-stars as the villainous Rome -- who is more than willing to kill if it means staying one step ahead of the law -- and Nip/Tuck star Kelly Carlson appears as the endangered object of the vengeful veteran's affections. With nothing left to lose and enough training to take down a small army,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 20%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A delectably bad '80s-style actioner."
‑ Gregory Kirschling, Entertainment Weekly
"The Marine proves a poor showcase for the homeboy charisma Cena shows week in and out with the WWE."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"Some crazed jewel thieves get trigger-happy in a gas station, and kidnap John Cena's wife. This is useful, as it adds the dangerous excitement of having an angry pro-wrestler chase them through South Carolina forests."
‑ Mark Palermo, Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
"It has the air of garbage, but is kind of cute, despite the awful dialogue."
‑ Eric Lurio, Greenwich Village Gazette
"The Marine often feels like an oddball black comedy about a dysfunctional band of sociopaths, just masquerading as an action movie about one tough ex-Marine."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"A happy surprise."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"The genius of the film is in its unapologetically obvious crowd-pleasing moments."
‑ Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
"The story is minimal and the action is preposterous, but it doesn't try to be much else."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Calgary Movies
"The Marine subscribes to the notion that there's no such thing as a gratuitous explosion."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"Cena's dialogue is held to a monosyllabic minimum..."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"It's not a good film by any practical standard, but The Marine is bad in just the right way, a mindless throwaway that's at least smart enough not to take itself too seriously."
‑ Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
"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."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Derivative in the extreme, but some good stunt work and humorous touches make it a lot more tolerable than it could have been."
‑ Chuck O'Leary,
"It is not particularly a bad film. It is just nothing special."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"There are people who will see "The Marine" just because it features John Cena, and those people will not be disappointed: The movie does, in fact, feature John Cena."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
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