Jarhead 3: The Siege (Blu-ray)

June 15, 2016 4 Min Read

Review by: Matt Malouf

Plot: What’s it about?

While I enjoyed 2005’s Jarhead, I never would’ve thought we’d get two sequels. I missed out on the second film, but since there’s not really a connection between the films (outside of Jarhead moniker), I don’t feel I’m lacking crucial information. We follow Marine Evan Albright (Charlie Weber) as he gets assigned to the US embassy in a Middle Eastern country. We learn that Evan has some strong credits on his record as well as some personal tidbits about his life. The first half of the film devotes a good bit of time to developing the characters and handling the intros before the more action oriented second half. The main conflict of the plot kicks in when an attack is made on the embassy Evan finds himself in the middle of this chaos. It’s clear this film takes events from the Benghazi incident, it’s mostly politics free and offers a pretty standard action flick.

While I wasn’t expecting much from this film, I must say I was rather entertained. At no point does it turn into a great film, but it moved a steady pace and held my interest throughout. Some elements are more than a little familiar, but there’s only so much we haven’t seen from these sorts of films to fault it for that. Sometimes it’s how well a film is executed that makes the difference. I appreciated the lightheartedness of the film’s tone, especially early on. It’s not that the film doesn’t take itself seriously, it’s just that it knows when it needs to. There’s no shortage of intensity for action fans, and I cared enough about Evan and his crew to stay invested. I can’t say I’m in dire need of a 4th Jarhead film, but this one is much better than it has any right to be.

Video: How does it look?

We get a fine AVC encoded 2.35:1 transfer. The print is fine and details sharp throughout. This isn’t some massive budget film, but it still looks quite nice. Colors all seemed even and smooth with no issues to speak of. All in all, this is another solid transfer from Universal.

Audio: How does it sound?

While not an endless action flick, you’ll still get plenty of it. Large portions are more dialogue driven, but those work fine as well. The explosions and rapid gun fire work well here as the track keeps all the channels active. The DTS HD track delivers the film in a satisfying manner and should please fans.

Supplements: What are the extras?

  • The Making of Jarhead 3: The Siege – A fairly standard “Making of…” segment with interviews with the cast and crew, Dennis Haysbert’s role in the film as well as some behind the scenes footage.

The Bottom Line

Don’t expect it to top the original, but Jarhead 3: The Siege works well enough to warrant a rental. At no point does it turn into a great film, but it delivers more pros than cons to make it worthwhile. As long as you go in with the proper mindset, you should leave satisfied. Rent it.

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