Parents' Guide to

The Marine

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

WWE star is no Rock; violent actioner falls flat.

Movie PG-13 2006 93 minutes
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THE MARINE's action is geared more for effect than for narrative. The spectacular explosions serve as background for men to leap toward the camera; the shooting scenes feature bodies falling and flying through the air; and the hand-to-hand fights, often framed in low angles so that bodies can hurtle more effectively at the viewer, typically lead to tough-guy patter. Here The Marine's plot bears a strong resemblance to those of James Cameron's movies: pursuit and assault, again and again.

The difference is that the Terminator movies featured knotty time-travel storylines, as well as complicated, engaging characters, while The Marine settles for action pieces performed by broad character types. In other words, it's a lot like a night of wrestling.

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