is a veteran marine operative who is discharged from the Iraq War, despite his best wishes to remain. He returns to his wife, who after a great big welcome home, suggests they take a vacation. Their paths cross with Rome, a diamond thief, and his cronies who are on the run from a previous heist. They steal Triton's ride and, of course, his wife. Triton must save his wife as he chases Rome through the South Carolina environment.
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. in 2009. A third movie was released in 2013 starring The Miz
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- Artistic License – Military
- The slab-side M16 SP1 in the first movie was never used by the USMC. Also, the black uniform and jacket worn by Triton in the prologue is definitely not standard issue to the USMC, not even Force Recon, whom he is a part of. In addition, assuming that the film took place in 2006, when it was released, all of the marines in the base are seen wearing the M81 woodland pattern, no longer used by the USMC in 2004 and by the Army in 2005.
- The urban camouflage◊ seen in the second movie doesn't even look close to the actual MARPAT pattern◊.
- Bald of Evil: Morgan. Also the two drug dealers in the woods and Damo.
- Bottomless Magazines
- I Have Your Wife: Needless to say, it doesn't end well for the villains.
- One-Man Army: The protagonists.
- Post-9/11 Terrorism Movie: The first movie is type 2. The sequels are type 3.
- Rated M for Manly
- Semper Fi: Big time. The movies show you that kidnapping the wife/relatives of a Marine is NOT a good idea.
- Sliding Scale of Silliness Versus Seriousness: The first film is silly. All of the sequels are serious.
- Wrestler in All of Us: Being a WWE film series, you can expect a few wrestling moves in the fight scenes. The most egregious of which is Triton chokeslamming a mook to his death; both the camera angle and the fact that the mook smashes through a wooden dock disguise the fact that Cena is not as large as the wrestlers who usually do this move.
- Oddly, Cena doesn't use this move while actually wrestling.
- Badass Driver: John Freakin' Triton.
- Black Comedy Rape: The reason Morgan hates rock candy? A camp counselor tempted him with it, then raped him.
- Black Dude Dies First: Lampshaded and averted. He dies third.
- Boring Invincible Hero: It's John Cena as the starring role. What more needs to be said?
- Car Chase
- Conspicuous CG: The film featured some noticeable CGI effects, such as the bullet◊ that files towards the camera at one scene.
- Cool Car: The Dodge Viper police cruiser that Triton hijacks for the car chase.
- Dark Action Girl: Angela.
- Guns Akimbo: Bennett during the diamond heist.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Triton snaps Rome's neck with the same chain he is attacking him with.
- Implacable Man: John, a rare heroic version.
- Improvised Weapon: Rome attacks Triton with a sledgehammer and a chainsaw during their climactic fight. Triton defends himself from the latter with a big wrench.
- Large Ham: Robert Patrick is clearly having a ball playing Rome, and is clearly not taking the movie as seriously as Cena is.
- Never Smile at a Crocodile: After Rome shoots Vescera, alligators appear to eat his body.
- Noodle Incident: Morgan and rock candy.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: The opening sequence has Triton freeing some comrades from captivity; when it is seemed like they are surrounded by enemies with no way out, one of them asks Triton, "How do we get around them?", Triton drops, "We don't; We go through them." He fires his gun at the camera...and the movie fast-forwards to after the incident.
- Sensible Heroes, Skimpy Villains: Triton's down-to-earth wife Kate wears a denim jacket, white tank top, and jeans. Bad Girl Angela wears a leather getup with a leopard top. And, if memory serves, heels. In a swamp chase. Compare.
- Stock Footage: That gunship you see in the intro? Yep, it's taken straight from Rambo III.
- Unrated Edition: Such a labeled DVD case exists. However, the differences between it and the rated one are near-undetectable.
- The War on Terror: The opening sequence takes place in an Al-Qaeda base in Iraq.
- Would Hit a Girl: Triton, who throws Angela against the windshield of an oncoming bus.
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