The first Jarhead had a nuanced approach to soldiering. This sequel…not so much.
For Marine Corporal Evan Albright (Charlie Weber), all that’s important to him is serving his country in the most badass way possible. When he gets assigned to an embassy in a turbulent Middle Eastern country (I don’t recall any geographical name-drops) the opportunity for some rooting-tooting violence presents itself.
Unfortunately, his commanding officer (Scott Adkins, Ninja) doesn’t enjoy his bravado and cowboy sensibilities and berates him repeatedly with monologues about how he needs to be a team player and not go out on his own and so on and so forth, all leading to the inevitable Valuable Moral Lesson about how working together is awesome and in the best tradition of America’s military.
Well, son, those lessons are about to get learned in a big way, when a coordinated terrorist attack leaves the embassy under siege. Now it’s up to Albright, a handful of commandos, a fearsome female tech and Scott Adkins to repel the invading force, secure top-secret intel and make a moderate amount of money in the direct-to-video market.
And that’s your movie — a brawny military film that’s all about pouring on the action. In fact, I’m not entirely sure of the purpose of including this in the Jarhead series aside from general name recognition. Well, I suppose that’s your reason; Embassy Attack: Super Attack! probably wouldn’t sell as much.
But that’s really what Jarhead 3: The Siege is: a standard-issue action movie. The characters are thinly put together (sneering commander, lone wolf hero, sort-of-racist soldier jerk who’s probably going to sacrifice himself valiantly at some point), existing solely to be our tour guides on a series of relentless squib detonations and abrasive sound effects.
All that said: if you’re in the mood for a relentless shoot ’em-up with some hefty patriotism sprinkled in throughout, you could do a lot worse than Jarhead 3. The action sequences are actually decently staged and there is enough of them to keep the film chugging forward (3/4s of this thing is essentially balls-out gun blasting).
One big demerit however: Scott Adkins and his impressive mortal combat skill is replaced with “standing around with a sniper rifle” for most of the movie.
Jarhead 3 (Blu-ray) offers a slick 2.35:1/1080p transfer, an aggressive DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 transfer and a making-of featurette.
Not that bad, hippie.