When a group of thieves kidnap a marine's wife, it's up to the marine to hunt them down and save her. John Triton is an ex-Marine who is struggling to fit into civilian life. In Iraq, he attacked an Al-Qaeda group who had taken fellow Marines hostage, disobeying a direct order, but eventually killing the bad guys and saving the lives of his men. However, since he didn't follow orders, he is let go with an honorable discharge. Back home, he tries being a security guard, but when he beats up a guy on his first day, he is fired. His wife Kate decides they should go for a nice vacation in the mountains: cozy, quiet, and helpful for slipping back into the rhythms of the day to day. Yet fate intervenes when a crew of diamond thieves, led by a man named Rome, stops at the same gas station as Triton and Kate... at the same time that two police officers pull up. One of the thieves believes the cops are there for them and starts shooting, leading to a full-blown shoot-out. Triton is knocked unconscious as Kate is kidnapped by the gang. Triton escapes the gas station just as it explodes, jumping into a cop car and chasing them down. However, he's run off the road into a lake, and when the car sinks, Rome believes that their pursuer is dead. Triton swims out in time to encounter a detective named Van Buren who is chasing Rome; Van Buren tries to convinces Triton not to hunt them down, but Triton predictably doesn't listen. The criminals take shelter in a mountain lodge, where Triton tracks them down, killing most of the gang in the initial entrance. However, Van Buren arrives and pulls a gun on Triton-- he's been working with Rome the whole time. Triton kills Van Buren, then chases down Rome, who is attempting an escape with Kate in his truck. The truck plunges through a warehouse, setting it on fire, and drives into the lake with Kate still in it. Triton fights Rome and seems to kill him, then he dives in after Kate. Kate appears dead, but Triton revives her with CPR. However, Rome pops back up, covered in burn scars, and tries to strangle Triton with a huge chain... but Triton turns the tables on him and breaks his neck. Triton ends the film by kissing Kate-- she's finally safe.
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Best part of story, including ending:
This is a quick and dirty genre flick, but it absolutely rules, with some great violent action and a killer villainous performance by Patrick.
Best scene in story:
As is usually the case in films like this, they save the best fight for last-- the final showdown to the death between Triton and Rome, with Kate drowning below and the clock ticking, is awesome.
Opinion about the main character:
Triton is an American hero and he's a terrific fighter. John Cena isn't the best actor, but for a movie like this, he doesn't have to be-- he's an action hero.