The Marine 4: The Moving Target | Film review - Gung-ho sequel delivers modest B-movie thrills

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(Image credit: Marine 4, The Moving Target (UK))
(Image credit: Marine 4, The Moving Target (UK))

The leading man has all the charisma of a stuffed moose. The plot doesn’t hold water. And the combat scenes are about as realistic as a game of paintball. Yet gung-ho action sequel The Marine 4: The Moving Target does deliver a modest quota of B-movie thrills.

Reality TV star turned pro wrestler Mike ‘The Miz’ Mizanin’s marine sergeant hero Jake Carter is now working for a security company but must call on his old military skills when a team of mercenaries target the stroppy corporate whistleblower (Melissa Roxburgh) he has been assigned to protect.

The booby traps he rigs up in the woods take the bad guys by surprise, but we can see every plot twist coming a mile away.

Certificate 15. Runtime 86 mins. Director William Kaufman

The Marine 4: The Moving Target is showing on Sky Movies Premiere and is available on DVD from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

A film critic for over 25 years, Jason admits the job can occasionally be glamorous – sitting on a film festival jury in Portugal; hanging out with Baz Luhrmann at the Chateau Marmont; chatting with Sigourney Weaver about The Archers – but he mostly spends his time in darkened rooms watching films. He’s also written theatre and opera reviews, two guide books on Rome, and competed in a race for Yachting World, whose great wheeze it was to send a seasick film critic to write about his time on the ocean waves. But Jason is happiest on dry land with a classic screwball comedy or Hitchcock thriller.