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'Jarhead 3: The Siege' [Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD]
(Tommy Rettig, Mary Healy, Hans Conried, Peter Lind Hayes, Jack Heasley, et al / Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD / NR / 2016 / Universal Home Entertainment)

Overview: Assigned to protect a seemingly safe U.S. embassy in the Middle East, elite Marine Corporal Evan Albright (Charlie Weber) thought he wasn't going to see much action. But when a hostile, extreme militant group launches a surprise attack aimed at killing an embassy informant, Albright's team is caught off guard. Outgunned and outnumbered, Albright's routine assignment escalates into an all-out war.

Blu-ray Verdict: Basically put, you have to leave all logic, and a large chunk of your sensible mind behind at the door when you put this in to watch! A B-movie, for sure, it submerges itself in reality, I'll give it that, and even gives more emphasis on realism of marine life than merely blasting guns. Which I thought was great.

Scott Adkins looks better in acting department too as he plays the high rank officer and there's good effort to develop intense scene from military part. However, it soon crumbles with poor Jason Bourne imitation for shady opt, uncomfortable missed machismo and a particularly strange silly man of supporting character!

The first misfit comes in the form of Blake, the documentary guy. He sticks out like a sore thumb in every scene, throwing needless jokes and ruining the high octane sequence. If there is a need for comic relief, then it has to be done with more finesse and less unsavory method. The film gives almost half of its run time to create a sense of dread, yet this nagging character single-handedly ruins it; even more so when the other actors trying to deliver a more serious performance.

Scott Adkins is more comfortable here, he has good mentor-student relationship with Albright (Charlie Weber), the protagonist. The rest of the squad are decent as well. Then, it suddenly introduces a tough female character who may or may not be a spy, in Top Gun-esque bantering. There's also mandatory nationalism angle, which is not entirely bad, but seems shoehorned in as emotional bait.

After halfway point the movie pushes the shooting to the maximum volume, gunning for most bullets shot per minute. It's the usual gunslinger military stuff, which is admittedly expected. Nothing too grand, although there are some oddities like people running away from covers and even though Scott Adkins is here, this is not martial art movie, so those expecting intricate hand-to-hand combat might be disappointed.

In closing, 'Jarhead 3' is the expected cinematic rendition of soldiers filled with testosterone and gunpowder, and also unfortunately a few out-of-elements ridiculous antics. That said, wow, a great way to spend a wet weekend inside, for sure. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

Making Jarhead 3: The Siege
Digital Copy of Jarhead 3: The Siege - Unrated Version
Includes UltraViolet

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