In order to gauge audience reaction to the film, WWE and 20th Century FOX have begun running industry test screenings of “The Marine.” The first such screening of the film, which stars John Cena (WWE RAW) and Kelly Carlson (Nip/Tuck), took place this week.
Reviews for the film were mildly positive, with most calling it a cliched, yet entertaining action film. John Cena’s acting skills are hardly put to the test in this particular “popcorn” action flick, although he is praised for having the right combination of looks and charisma to serve as a solid lead actor.
One other note of interest is that there were no references to WWE or pro wrestling in the film. Despite being a very early production for World Wrestling Entertainment Films, the movie is praised for having a very legitimate and big-time feel.