95 Min | Action – Drama – Thriller | December 2009
IMDB Rating: 5.0
Director: Roel Reine
Starring: Ted DiBiase Jr., Temuera Morrison, Lara Cox
The Marine 2 Review: The Marine 2 is an action movie directed by Roel Reine. Pro wrestlers foraying into the world of movies seems to be some kind of a thing nowadays, and I can completely understand it, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson did it well, The music business has the cross-platform promotion working for them, and, like Seagal and Van Damme have proved years before, acting skills are not a mandatory requirement to act in an action movie. Maybe in order to avoid the embarrassment that former wrestler Hulk Hogan must (or at the very least should) feel from being associated with such notorious crimes against the art of movie-making as No Holds Barred, Mr. Nanny, Santa with Muscles, and The Ultimate Weapon, the WWE is holding the reins all the way here.
As the title reveals, The Marine 2 is a sequel to The Marine starring oh – so – wooden John Cena, though in spirit only. Unlike the aforementioned film, and also earlier Santa’s Slay, The Marine 2 doesn’t luckily ride so much on the name of it’s main actor, as Ted Dibiase jr. was, at least at the time of the filming, quite some way away from wrestling main events. With this being said, the films plays it very safe. The flaws of the script and the actors and the uninspired director are hidden from view, which is a sound idea, but it inevitably results in an unsurprising film wading through various tropes and cliches. But I dare to say that cinematographic delights were never in the plans, as this film is destined to be a vehicle to boost the momentum of Ted DiBiase jr., the wrestler, not the actor.
And to everyone’s pleasant surprise, The Marine 2 might just achieve it with enough entertainment for all viewers to have positive memories of the film. This is great, considering how much worse it could’ve been with all the ingredients involved. It has decent action, I can’t recall anything cringe-worthy, and it doesn’t offend. Though I usually for those yearning for wrestler-films I recommend Road House, They Live, and Predator, a single viewing of The Marine 2. Not much anything, but not a waste of time, either. And The Marine 2 is better than “the original” The Marine.