The Marine 3: Homefront

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The Marine 3: Homefront
The marine 3 homefront poster.jpg
Movie poster
Directed by Scott Wiper
Produced by Michael Luisi
Written by Scott Wiper
Declan O'Brien
Starring Mike "The Miz" Mizanin
Neal McDonough
Ashley Bell
Music by Jim Johnston
Cinematography Ron Stannett
Edited by Dallas Puett
WWE Studios
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s)
  • March 5, 2013 (2013-03-05)
Running time 86 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1.5 million

The Marine 3: Homefront (also known as The Marine 3 and The Marine: Homefront) is a 2013 American action film starring Mike "The Miz" Mizanin and directed by Scott Wiper. The film was released on direct-to-DVD and Blu-ray in the United States on March 5, 2013.[1] It is a sequel to The Marine starring John Cena and The Marine 2, starring Ted DiBiase, Jr.


Sergeant Jake Carter (Mike "The Miz" Mizanin) of the MARSOC United States Marine is returning home to Bridgeton a rural town located near Seattle, Washington. As he steps off the bus, he reunites with his best friend Harkin (now the police chief played by Jared Keeso) when he returns home he greets his sisters Lilly (Ashley Bell) and Amanda (Camille Sullivan) and they throw a party for his homecoming. Meanwhile in Seattle, a regional bank was robbed by a syndicate believed to be extremists, their leader Jonas Pope (Neal McDonough) forces the bank manager (Tony Alcantar) to give them what they demand. They took half the money and burned the rest in front of him. It was revealed that the syndicate dwells in a junkyard on the outskirts of town, their leader planning an explosion in the city because of revenge from his past life.

Meanwhile, Jake talks to Amanda about her running the house, but they get interrupted by Lilly whom was about to leave with her boyfriend Darren Carlisle (Jeffrey Ballard) in a bar. Jake follows them and later ends up in a fight, Lilly seeing the scene leaves with Darren, same with Harkin whom has witnessed the scene calls the cops and gives Jake a warning ticket also warns him that if he gets into a fight again he'll be arrested. Moments later, Amanda arrives to pick him up and admits to Jake that she loves Harkin. The next day, Lilly and Darren stops by in the junkyard, the same junkyard the syndicate dwells, the two later witnesses a commotion among Jonas Pope and a smuggler, Pope becomes furious and shoots him, He then orders his henchmen to seize them because he hears Lilly yell for help. Amanda then contacts Jake about Lilly's abduction, Jake drives off to the junkyard and sneaks up on a henchman whom dumps off the body of the smuggler, Jake was able to hold him at gun point but later gets backed-up by another one, they planned of killing Jake, but Jake physically overpowers them. Jake then attacks another henchman but turns out to be an FBI Agent when Special Agent Wells comes to his aid. Jake was brought to the FBI and informs them that the syndicate does more than kidnapping but bombing the city with RDX (Research Department Explosive) a very capable explosive.

Jake was restricted by Wells when he plans of doing it by himself, instead Wells ordered the S.W.A.T to storm the junkyard. Meanwhile a Lilly and Darren struggling to escape gets help from a henchman (Actually an FBI Agent in disguise) he leads them to a room and tells them to lock it until he returns. S.W.A.T storms the base but they were overpowered by the syndicate. Jake attempts Wells to fight him but Harkin stops him. Harkin drops him off the junkyard to fight them. Jake finishes them off one-by-one but he gets a bone to pick with a man named Gabriel (Aleks Paunovic) and he defeats him. Meanwhile, Wells receives a call from Pope telling him that he should send an unarmed cop in a sedan to escort Lilly and tells him that if he doesn't arrive in 30 minutes Lilly will die. When the sedan arrived the cop was killed by Eckert (Michael Eklund) and wears the cop's outfit. Jake then meets up with Darren, Darren feeling guilty of Lilly's captivity, leads Jake to the spot. Jake attempts to rescue them but he was stopped by Galen Jackson (Ben Cotton) then the sedan speeds away. Pope contacts Wells that he and Eckert should be left alone or he will kill Lilly. At the junkyard, Jackson searches for Jake but was killed by Darren.Jake determined to save the city grabs a dirt bike and speeds away with Darren on his tail.

When Pope and Eckert reach the city they were suddenly ambushed Eckert gets killed by a fellow agent while Pope takes Lilly hostage but he was cornered by Harkin followed by Jake and they both successfully kill Pope. Lilly then tells them that the sedan is a bomb so Jake drives the RDX and manages to escape the untimely explosion. The film ends with Harkin, Lilly and Amanda rescuing him, the two sisters hug him, then Darren arrives in Lilly's amazement and they kiss, Jake looking happy has become a hero.



The Marine 3: Homefront is the sequel to The Marine starring John Cena and The Marine 2 starring Ted DiBiase. On February 25, 2012, WWE Studios announced a three film distribution deal with 20th Century Fox Home Video and The Marine 3: Homefront was the first of that deal. 20th Century Fox will handle the global distribution of the film on DVD, Video On Demand, and Online outlets. WWE Studios also used WWE's television and internet status to promote and market the film.

On March 28, 2012, it was reported that WWE superstar Randy Orton was set to star as the lead role in the film and Orton later tweeted to confirm it.[2] On April 3, 2012, it was reported that Randy Orton dropped out of the role because of his bad conduct discharge from the Marines in the late 1990s. Orton twice was absent without leave and disobeyed an order from a commanding officer. Orton's old Marine unit displayed public outrage of Randy being cast in the film due to his history.[3]

On April 30, 2012, it was announced that Mike "The Miz" Mizanin replaced Orton as the lead in the film. The Miz was a surprise to many people as being cast as the lead.[4] On June 11, 2012, it was announced that Ashley Bell and Neal McDonough have joined the cast. Scott Wiper was in talks to direct the movie and to write the script.[5] Filming began in the summer of 2012. The movie was filmed in Vancouver and Maple Ridge, British Columbia.


The Marine 3: Homefront gained mixed reviews from critics, a review from Pro Wrestling states, "although Marine 3 is not a good movie and Miz is miscast in the lead role, he did show some chops as an actor here and could definitely play a supporting role in future releases and not seem out of place. Unfortunately much like his current role in WWE, Miz is out of his element in Marine 3."[6]

Another review from The Action states: "The Miz is actually a very good and entertaining action star. I am surprised and impressed with his performance. The action is more grounded in reality than the original. The fights are brutal and fun to watch,If you need a nice change of pace, you will definitely enjoy The Marine 3. It is a very fast paced piece of action cinema that will get you pumped."[7]

On IMDB, The Marine 3: Homefront has an average rating of 4.7/10 based on 9 user reviews and 14 critic reviews.[8] On Rotten Tomatoes, The Marine 3 had a 21% audience reception with an average rating of 2.7/5 based on 95 user ratings.[9]


Filming for The Marine 4: Moving Target began in April 2014, The Miz will be reprising his role as Carter and will be joined by WWE Diva Summer Rae as the first female wrestler to appear in a WWE Studios film. It will be the first The Marine film to star the same WWE superstar as its predecessor and will continue from where The Marine 3 left off.


The Marine 3: Homefront was released on DVD and Blu-ray on March 5, 2013 and upon its release it reached the top 20 DVD chart, ranking at #12 and #15 on the DVD and Blu-ray lists respectively.[citation needed]


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