The Marine 4: Moving Target full movie review - 'The Marine 4: Moving Target' is a surprisingly well made film where action scenes are concerned.
I can't believe it's been almost ten years since the first 'The Marine' movie. Back in 2006, WWE thought it would be great to make a film with one of their biggest wrestling superstars John Cena.
They put him in the lead role of a movie called 'The Marine', which he indeed played the Marine. The even got Robert Patrick and Kelly Clarkson to star in the film. That was nine years ago. The sequel starred WWE superstar Ted Dibase, and the third film starred former Real World star and current WWE superstar Mike 'The Miz' Mizanin.
Since The Miz did such a good job on Part 3, they brought him back for the fourth film in the WWE franchise, which has seen some moderate home video success. Make no mistake about it though, 'The Marine 4' isn't going to change the action genre in any way, shape, or form, but there is enough quality talent here to make the film look bigger and greater than it actually is. It's a simple and very run-of-the-mill action movie where it consists of only gun fights, hide and seek, and more gun fights. That being said, the fight choreography with fists and feet, as well as the mass amounts of gun play looks insanely good. So if you're a fan of mindless action with great gun fights, you'll be satisfied with this fourth installment from the WWE universe.
The Miz comes back as former Marine Jake Carter who is tasked to look after and escort a young woman named Olivia Tanis (Melissa Roxburgh), who is the whistleblower for a major company that was responsible for some shoddy military uniforms. Olivia arrives back in the USA in order to testify against the company, but as soon as she steps foot on the soil and is enlisted in the care of The Miz, a ton of bad guys attack them with what seems like all the guns in the world. It seems like there is never a shortage of bad guys or guns here, as The Miz and Olivia have to escape each obstacle in their path.
The film never slows down, which is unfortunate for our pair of protagonists here, because it seems like they are always in peril with dodging bullets, fists, or knives. But hey, that's a good thing for us, because it keeps us interested in seeing the next fun death sequence or the next cheesy line of dialogue, which is all through this fourth installment. In fact, one of my favorite lines in a movie this year is from 'The Marine 4', which happens at the start of the film and goes from taking the SAT's to 9-11 in only a matter of seconds. It's damn near perfect.
You don't need to pay attention to any of the sub plots or story really, because in fact, there really isn't any. Just pay attention to how well the fight scenes and gun play is staged here. The bloody squibs go off nicely, and each punch and kick packs a forceful hit. It was good to see WWE Diva Summer Rae is in the film too as a sniper, but for some reason, they left most of her scenes on the cutting room floor and is barely in the film. The Miz and Tanis deliver solid performances. The Miz is easily likable and believable as the badass he portrays in this movie, whereas Tanis does a good job of of mixing her harmless and strong side into one cohesive character.
'The Marine 4: Moving Target' is a surprisingly well made film where action scenes are concerned. I can't say the same about the dialogue, but hey, what do you expect from a fourth installment of a WWE franchise?