OK, so I've enjoyed the earlier films in the Marine series somewhat and
thought this one would be like them as well. But after having watched
it, I'm so disturbed by the stupidity of the protagonist. I mean, he's
this marine-turned-medic who you expect of course to go out of his way
to save lives. So even though I would personally disagree with
attempting to save the life of a gangbanger who's killed another man
just before he needed assistance (after members of the other gang went
after him), you would understand if he did it when doing so didn't risk
anyone else's life. But he and his female colleague walk into this dark
theme park without notifying anyone first that they're heading out on
foot - and when he's located the gangbanger and the guy has even fired
his gun at him, he makes it his personal mission to get the guy out of
there, even though the other gang shows up. And in the process, several
other people end up dead, including his female colleague - in spite of
his job only being to save lives. The other gang attempts to negotiate
with him and have him turn over the gangbanger, which would have been
the proper thing to do - but this crazy guy doesn't budge.
After his colleague has died, he doesn't appear to question whether
what he's doing is right - instead he in practice joins the other gang,
since he decides to kill as many members of the Lost Legion as
possible. The guy wants to save the gangbanger at first, but then
decides to kill potentially innocent people? Why is he this homicidal
maniac? The action is a bit peculiar too - it struck me as funny how
many of the fighting scenes appeared to mimic pro-wrestling moves, like
clotheslines, sending people into the ropes (or car doors) and such.
They're using attacks that don't make much sense in the real world,
like F5s for example.
They messed up the medical knowledge, too. At one point, the marine
gets the crazy idea that he's going to transfuse blood to the
gangbanger since he's about to pass out. At that point I'm thinking
that that would be quite hazardous, since he doesn't know the guy's
blood type. But then he clears up the confusion - sort of - by saying:
"It's combat transfusion. I'm O positive. It's safe." Only thing is -
the only time it's 100% safe to give blood is when you're O negative.
Any negative blood type (AB-, A-, B- or O-) would suffer serious
complications if given O+ blood.
Can't believe they refer to a gangbanger well into adulthood as "the
kid" too. Not to mention the part where he explains to - and convinces
- the medic that he was "forced" to do what he did.
Overall, the acting and action is OK and doesn't merit a 1-star -
except for maybe "Alonzo" not really striking you as the "bad ass" the
film intends him to be - but I felt the lead character's personality
make-up and the story apparently depending on sympathizing with him and
the gangbanger means it's a revolting experience watching it.
Throughout it all, I was hoping that the guy ("the kid") would get
killed, so no more lives would be endangered - but sadly no.
Final note: In the end, it is revealed that the gangbanger isn't a
gangbanger at all, but this doesn't change the fact that the medic
caused so many unnecessary deaths through siding with a convict that
had done serious time and killed another man to get out of his own
mess. A really stupid move. 10-20 people dead as a result, when it
could have been only one. I think the law books should have been
searched for things to charge the medic with. Involuntary manslaughter,