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12 Rounds (2009)

PG-13 | | Action, Crime, Thriller | 27 March 2009 (USA)
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Detective Danny Fisher discovers his girlfriend has been kidnapped by an ex-con tied to Fisher's past, and he'll have to successfully complete 12 challenges in order to secure her safe release.

Director:

Renny Harlin

Writer:

Daniel Kunka

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Cena ... Danny Fisher
Aidan Gillen ... Miles Jackson
Ashley Scott ... Molly Porter
Steve Harris ... George Aiken
Brian White ... Hank Carver
Gonzalo Menendez ... Ray Santiago
Taylor Cole ... Erica Kessen
Kyle Clements ... Dave Fisher
Peter Navy Tuiasosopo Peter Navy Tuiasosopo ... Willie Dumaine
Travis Davis ... Anthony Deluso
Nick Gomez ... Samuel
Brian Decaro Brian Decaro ... FBI Agent Gator
Rosalind Rubin Rosalind Rubin ... FBI Agent Sheila
Billy Slaughter ... Technician
Kim Collins ... Phil the Plumber
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Storyline

Uniformed New Orleans PD officer Danny Fisher earns his promotion to detective to his near-rather lucky, albeit brave, arrest of ruthless terrorist arms-dealer Miles Jackson, whose girlfriend Erica Kessen got accidentally killed during the dirty FBI-operation. Exactly a year later, Miles has escaped and blows up Danny's house as foretaste of a Herculean race to accomplish twelve near-impossible tasks against the clock, otherwise his kidnapped girlfriend Molly will be killed. Yet at the end, another master-plan is suspected. Written by KGF Vissers

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Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 March 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

12 desafíos See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,329,240, 29 March 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$12,232,937, 7 June 2009
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SDDS | DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

For each day of filming, director Renny Harlin rewarded the most valuable cast or crew member for that day with a bottle of Finlandia vodka. See more »

Goofs

The Chevy Caprice taxi that Miles takes to the oil refinery is too old to be a taxi as regulations would prohibit a vehicle that old from being a taxi. See more »

Quotes

Det. Danny Fisher: I'm training the world's most dominant pug. He's going through a bulking phase.
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Alternate Versions

Theatrical PG-13 version 108 min. and director's unrated cut 110 min. See more »

Connections

Referenced in WWE SmackDown vs. RAW 2011 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Feel You
Written by Jonas Genberg
Performed by Crumbland
Published by WB Music Corp. (ASCAP) o/b/o Warner Chappell Music Finland
Courtesy of Terra Recordings
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Seen it all before, and then some
30 October 2011 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

Is it possible for a film to have too much action? Not when there are constant bouts of well-choreographed destruction or martial arts mayhem. But when it comes to mundane, familiar action scenes that have been played out on our screens decades then the answer is yes – and that's the problem with 12 ROUNDS. It has the makings of a decent action flick, but when it comes down to it, 12 ROUNDS is an all-too-familiar exercise in cinematic familiarity.

This film's a perfect example of overkill – it kicks off with an explosive car chase and has absolutely nowhere to go from that point in. The scrawny screenplay sees man-mountain John Cena (a wrestler-turned-actor whose appalling acting was previously showcased in THE MARINE) sweat and grunt his way around the streets of New Orleans, at the beck and call of a terrorist with a grudge. If this all sounds very familiar stuff indeed, it's because the storyline is a direct rip-off of DIE HARD WITH A VENGEANCE, borrowing so many elements from that movie that I'm surprised a lawsuit for plagiarism wasn't filed. And it's not half as good.

Director Renny Harlin, who once showed promise with DIE HARD 2 and CLIFFHANGER, continues his journey as a journeyman without an ounce of style (this one's only marginally better than THE COVENANT). Instead of bringing his own method to the table, Harlin is content to copy the style of the Bourne flicks, with mucho camera shakery to render the on-screen antics incomprehensible. Not that we're missing much. As Cena blows up half the city in pursuit of his kidnapped girlfriend (and she's not somebody you'd bother getting out of bed to make a cup of tea for, let's be honest), there are the usual concessions to the PG-13 market and scenes oddly familiar from other movies (the bit where they transfer the action from SPEED onto a tram is particularly pathetic). Add in a bad guy who's more of an irritant than a genuine threat, and you have a sub-par movie in every respect.


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