Guest Author - Jamise Grace Liddell
Movie Reviewed: 12 Rounds
Directed By: Renny Harlin
Starring: John Cena, Aidan Gillen, Ashley Scott, Steve Harris, Brian J. White, Gonzalo Menendez,
Rated: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action
Runtime: 108 minutes
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Why the studios didn’t screen 12 Rounds for us critics, I don’t know, cause this is full of adrenalin pumping action, and in all, it wasn’t half bad. And though the action scenes are impossible to fathom, when you really think about it, what action is plausible?
In the midst of breaking the law, the girlfriend of a murderous criminal master mind Miles Jackson (Gillen) is killed during the police chase. Jackson swears revenge upon the cop that brought their Bonnie and Clyde like crime spree to an abrupt halt.
Naturally Jackson is also a smart criminal and manages to escape ye old prison yard to carry out his revenge plan against Detective Danny Fisher. In a maze of escapades, the goal is this, if the Detective can complete a series of challenges, he can supposedly win his girlfriend back Molly Porter (Scott). Now who believes the criminally insane fool is going to return the officer’s gal pal?
Not Special Agent George Aiken (Harris), who has been chasing Jackson for many years and can not seem to catch him. Because of this Aiken is flat mean, as he focuses on the chase, and cares about little else. Between the jerks on Detective Fishers “good guy” team the crap the criminal is pulling, you actually wonder how Fisher will squirm out of this one.
Packed with whack action 12 Rounds is a major source angst and provides the kind of suspense that makes your heart race, as you keep moving forward to the edge of your seat. Mainly because of all of the explosions, car chases, riddles and insane confusion. However, the most powerful source of the adrenaline is the hot action star John Cena, who can’t really act, but is so attractive, viral and manly, you just don’t care.
The situational action and challenges in 12 Rounds make up for all that Cena is lacking in acting ability. In addition to rough acting, 12 Rounds is the 900th film which positions and illustrates to the world that the police are in inefficient idiots and losers. It is a wonder anyone even Cena, would want to portray a law enforcement agent.
A plus 12 Rounds ends with a bang and the last few scenes are surprising, which is nice for an otherwise clever yet predictable action thriller. I dare say the action is so intense and exhaustive, I was ready for all the movement to slow down at Round 9.