This Lazy Panda has caved and decided to watch movies put out by WWE Studios or starring WWE Superstars. Oh I know, this is about to get so wonderful.
Now we’re going to do things a little differently as I intend to save the best for last. Whether the last one is the best for being so awful, or for being that good one will soon find out. Today we start with The Marine 4: Moving Target as we work our way backwards through the franchise.
The Marine 4: Moving Target stars WWE’s own Mike ‘The Miz’ Mizanin reprising the role of Jake Carter. Jake is now a former marine, and in this instance he’s on his very first day on the job working for Hawthorne Global Security. The mission here: protect the asset Olivia Tanis, a whistleblower with a healthy amount of dirt on a defense corporation.
Now at first it seems like things start off a bit slow. For five minutes the opening credits not only give us the cast and crew, but little tid bits about the marines as well as shots from the previous movie, The Marine 3: Homefront.
Don’t worry folks, we’ll get to that one on a later date.
However once that opening scene is done with, the action rolls out within minutes. From the start we can see Olivia’s very independent–terrified–but independent as well as having a bit of a sassy mouth on her. Jake of course manages to keep up with her verbally while physically enacting the role as the protector.
So what do I happen to like about this?
For one, I can’t help but to love the fact that this is Jake’s first day in a brand new job, and already he’s having a horrible time. It’s his first day! Hell it’s the first morning of this job and it’s a bad time for him! It’s so unfortunate it’s comical.
Second, I love the dynamic between Olivia and Jake. Olivia’s established as a highly intelligent woman and while Jake may not have as high of an IQ as her (I honestly have no idea) he too has his own area of expertise. She’s a skeptic that wants to run–he’s a man that has faith and trust in his abilities and is willing to sacrifice himself to get the job done. It seems safe to say that both have a sharp wit to them, and have no issues with verbally prodding the other.
Just don’t wear a suit from Men’s Warehouse. For some reason Olivia has something against them. That poor company.
The movie does a great job on the theme of trust. Who exactly can you trust in a situation like this? The two are forced to rely on each other, yet they’re faced with dozens of other people wondering if they are going to kill them, feed them to the antagonists, or try and help them. I liked that there was a back and forth of testing the trust one has in another individual, rather than blindly putting a life in the hands of another person.
Overall: plenty of action and fight scenes. Just enough interaction between the two main characters to see real development in the relationship, as well as wanting to see more from them.
Would I watch again?
As a matter of fact, yes. I may or may not have watched it four times. Hell I’d even recommend it, if you’re into action and lots and lots of gunfire and blood.
But yes, the death scenes are cheesy with the way the blood is done and how the bodies just…well…you can tell it’s fake, is all I can say about that.
Now…can I get a Marine 5? Perhaps Jake and Olivia can return? Maybe? Yes? Yes?…Yes?