The Marine 2 (2009) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Action
Fox || R - 95 minutes - $0.00 || December 29, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2010-01-01


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Roel Reine
Writer(s): Christopher Borrelli & John Chapin Morgan (written by)
Cast: Ted DiBiase Jr., Michael Rooker, Temuera Morrison, Lara Cox


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • 3 Featurettes
  • Deleted/Extended Scenes


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Portuguese (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, Portuguese, Cantonese, Mandarin

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.::THE FILM::.

Apparently the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) thinks that putting their ďbigĒ name wrestlers into crappy movies works. Letís see... See No Evil tanked at the box-office. The Condemned... well that did too. Oh but The Marine did really well right? No, sorry it didnít. So whatís next for these massively-intelligent people who decide on movies? Letís do a crappy sequel to The Marine and put in a wrestler no one has heard of (itís what my friends told me anyways, I have no clue about that fake stuff) and see how it sells straight-to-DVD. Ted DiBiase Jr. stars in The Marine 2 which, yeah I was going to talk about how horrible it is but you should be able to tell by now that the film is a bomb.

Does the plot of this movie even matter to anyone at this point? Joe (Ted DiBiase Jr.) is some sort of ranger in the military, and is off on a mission where a kid dies on the mission which leaves him in shambles because of the incident. He heads home to his girlfriend and the two reconcile since heís been gone for so long, then some random people show up and kidnap his family and everyone else on the island. Itís up to Joe and other random people that he knows to help him save his family, and quite possibly, the world.

Yeah, thatís the story in a nutshell. This plotline is so ridiculously stupid I donít know where to begin. Thereís absolutely no back story (thankfully) as to what happened to ďthe marineĒ from the first movie, nor why Joe is special compared to, oh letís say, any other marine. Oh wait, I know how heís special: Joe can kill hundreds of people throughout the movie yet never suffers any wounds that cause him to misfire or not kill someone at far away range. The fight scenes in this movie, believe it or not, are worse than the past flicks.

They are an absolute joke, and thatís putting it quite mildly. The fact Joe can kill tons of people throughout the movie in this hilarious fight sequences is so far-fetched that I stopped caring after a few minutes into the movie. Joe is like a terminator robot that is indestructible, and thus, just not entertaining to bother with. Also, the acting in this movie is even more of a joke than anything else, with the lines sounding like they were said from an earpiece hidden inside the castís ears.

The only, and I mean this, ONLY redeeming feature is the fact you canít have a horrible movie without Robert Patrick in it. Sorry, but itís just not possible. Thatís the only saving grace for this flick, although it still sucks.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Extended Scenes (9 minutes): Four scenes that are extended from the movie itself and are presented in crappy frame with numbers on the top of them which are a huge distraction. Thanks for putting the effort into the production of these and making them somewhat watchable.

Deleted Scenes (3 minutes): Did you want to see how romantic Ted DiBiase Jr. can be in a film? Well hereís your chance with this amazing extra that has him sitting at a table with a flower. Yeah, you can pass.

Deleted Shots Montage (6 minutes): This is exactly what it sounds like, and exactly how entertaining you will probably find this lame extra.

Behind The Scenes (26 minutes): There are a total of six extras bundled into one here, and most are fairly boring. They lack any real-depth or entertainment value unless you are fans of the film, so Iím sure thereís at least one of you out there that might watch this entire extra like I was forced to. There are multiple interviews available here, shots on how the scenes were made, and even more interviews.

Muay Thai Fight Outtakes (6 minutes): If you ever wanted to see multiple shots of the same fight take place when actors screw up, then hereís your big chance. All others can skip this along with the other special features above.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Detail is completely lacking here, as this transfer looks more like a DVD one than a Blu-Ray one in every aspect. Colors are bland, and even the scenes that should look beautiful namely the outside shots look distasteful. Contrast is a bit of an issue here as well, as there are numerous shots that contain too much grain and noise for even my eyes to look at. I also noticed that flesh tones were off throughout the episode, as the characters looked somewhat orange and fake-tan based. Whatís the point of a high-def transfer when you canít get the basics of one right, or not even right but even close to what the film should look like?

The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track sounds flat and dull, which is a surprise for an action film with zero action contained inside the flick. Dialogue is low and sounds too far off or not coming from the proper channel, which is a huge problem in a film that people donít care about from the start. Surround sound is a little bit better compared to the DVD, as noted by the higher score, but thatís not really saying a bunch. The Master Audio track should be louder and much more engaging in the surround sound and also the dialogue level, but it just falls too flat for me to enjoy or immerse myself in. I expected my shelves to rattle, and instead they got up and walked out on me for having to watch this dribble.



.::OVERALL::.

Marking another territorial-stake in crappy movies, The Marine 2 is another flop from the WWE trying to market stars no one cares/knows about. Thereís little action in here, and too unbelievable when there is, so this isnít even worth renting. However Iím sure someone, somewhere will buy it, and if you have any interest just borrow it off of that person instead of paying to rent the flick. When you return the movie to your friend, laugh at them for wasting money. This is one marine that shouldnít have had a sequel, ever.