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The Marine 3: Homefront Blu-ray Review

The Marine 3- Homefront Blu-ray

“The Marine 3: Homefront” is a predictable WWE Studios film.

After John Cena starred in the first and Ted DiaBiase in the second, The Miz takes over starring role duties in this third installment dubbed “Homefront.” In this outing, Sgt. Jake Carter goes home on leave for two weeks where he attempts to reconnect with his family. His “Homecoming” isn’t what he hoped for though as he is seen as too judgmental by his family. Additionally, he seems to be having trouble relating to those around him. His trip home becomes even more problematic, however, when Miz’s sister and her boyfriend witness a murder and are taken hostage by political/economical, anti-establishment radicals/extremists. Pissed off, Carter decides to take matters into his hands by rescuing his sister and taking out any criminal who stands in his way.

If you’re familiar with the recent made for DVD action film market, you’ll probably notice that many of these titles are set in Washington (or Seattle), but are filmed in Vancouver, Canada. You’ll probably also spot familiar faces who seem to be regulars in this line of cheaply made action films. Furthermore, you’ll probably notice that these films more or less contain recycled action plots that are nothing more than excuses for action movie stars to kick butt. “The Marine 3: Homefront” is all of these things and this time, The Miz gets his chance to shine. The good news is that The Miz is a lot better than some of these wrestlers turned movie stars (I’m looking at you Steve Austin). He may not be the most charismatic actor, but he gets the job when it comes to beating up baddies.

The real star of the show is Neal McDonough as Jonah Pope. The most interesting part of the film is far and away McDonough’s villainous characters and his band of radicals. Sure, the characters are essentially just a commentary on the economic downturn, but at least writers Scott Wiper and Declan O’Brien offered up something with a message here. That’s more than we get in a lot of these direct to DVD shoot ‘em ups.

Video/Audio:

The film, which is presented in 1.78:1 1080p, looks perfectly fine.

The 5.1 DTS-HD MA audio track also does the job. The gunfire and fights sound loud which is all you can ask for from a film like this.

Extras:
* DVD copy.
* Fox trailers.
* “Miz Journal”- A video diary of The Miz on set.
* “Casting Call: Ready To Enlist”- Footage of the winner of the open audition for “The Marine 3: Homefront” from Wrestlemania. A nice story and a fun extra.
* “Shipwrecked: Breaking Down The Boat”- A featurette about the out of commission ferry boat set.
* “The Miz Rocks The Boat”- The Miz gives viewers a tour of the ferry.
* “The Miz Declassified”- A featurette about The Miz’s career, his weapon training, etc. There’s a couple of stories about stunt people getting hurt here as well.

Summary: If you love the first two “The Marine” films or are a big fan of The Miz, “Homefront” is for you. If you’re not a fan of any of the above, skip this one.

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May 23, 2013 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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