John Triton 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.A sequel was released on DVD starring Ted DiBiase Jr.. in 2009. In 2013, a third movie was released on DVD/Blu Ray starring The Miz. A fourth movie was released in 2015 on DVD/Blu Ray with Miz returning, and also featured the first Diva in the series, Summer Rae.
These films provide examples of:
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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.
- 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.
- Black Comedy Rape: The reason Morgan hates rock candy? A camp counselor tempted him with it, then raped him.
- Conspicuous CG: The film featured some noticeable CGI effects, such as the ejected casing◊ flying straight up towards the camera in one scene (and the caliber stamped on it is wrong to boot).
- Cool Car: The Dodge Viper police cruiser that Triton hijacks for the car chase.
- 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.
- 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.
The Marine 2
- Ax-Crazy: Thickset, Damo's brother. He's essentially a Karl expy.
- Big Damn Heroes: Church rescues Joe from being killed by Thickset.
- Cool vs. Awesome: Muay Thai vs. wrestling.
- "Die Hard" on an X: Die Hard on a hotel.
- Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: The mooks scored only one hit on Joe.
- Inspired By: Inspired by the 2001 Dos Palmas kidnappings.
- Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Joe attempts this on Blondie.
- The Mole: Blondie and Shoal. Both only care about money.
- Private Military Company: One is hired by Shoal to deal with the rebels. Predictably, the team gets backstabbed by one of them, and were killed off except Calob.
- Retired Badass: Church. He's an ex-Army Ranger and a Vietnam vet.
- Scenery Porn: Done several times, such as in the scene where Joe's plane flies across the hotel.
- You Have Failed Me: Damo kills Blondie when he revealed the hostages' location to Joe.Damo: You talked, didn't you? You disappoint me. *boom*
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Damo discusses this trope to Conner. He does this to Shoal.Damo: There'll come a time when you're more useful to us dead than alive.
- Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters: How the rebels view themselves as.
The Marine 3: Homefront
- Bloodier and Gorier: And how. This film is by far the bloodiest of the series.
- Bomb-Throwing Anarchists: The villains.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Pope becomes a terrorist when his family went bankrupt, losing their house. It goes From Bad to Worse when his father was Driven to Suicide and his sister was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
- Face Death with Dignity: Pope allows himself to be killed in the climax, knowing that the car bomb he's planted cannot be defused.
- Jitter Cam: Justified in the scene where the FBI agents get slaughtered because some of it is shot from the agents' camera feed.
- Police Are Useless: Or rather, FBI are useless. When the FBI decide to storm the hideout of the bad guys, Jake tells not to do it that way, since he's an expert in infiltration. They don't listen, some agents end up injured/killed.
- Revolvers Are Just Better: Averted. Jake kills only one mook using the revolver given to him by Harkins.
- "Greed, people. It's a disease that is eating away at our nation from the top down. Personal responsibility. That's what builds a nation. No more, no less."
- Word Sequel: Not only does it have three in the name, it's called "Homefront" as well.