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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 a ex-con tied to Fisher's past, and he'll have to successfully complete 12 challenges in order to secure her safe release.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Miles Jackson
Molly Porter
George Aiken
Hank Carver
Gonzalo Menendez ...
Ray Santiago
Dave Fisher (as Kyle Clements)
Peter Navy Tuiasosopo ...
Brian Decaro ...


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 wife Molly will be killed. Yet at the end, another master-plan is suspected. Written by KGF Vissers

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detective | terrorist | car | gun | game | See All (118) »


Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

27 March 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

12 desafíos  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,329,240 (USA) (27 March 2009)


£612,954 (UK) (5 June 2009)

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Renny Harlin appears at least three times in the beginning of the movie. Also at the end of the film, Renny's voice can be heard over the radio in the helicopter that Miles Jackson tries to escape in. See more »


Whilst the FBI car is trying to stop the runaway street car, one of the scenes shows that the front wheels of the car are not moving, almost as if the car itself is attached to a railway wheel set or bogie and that the smoke is not coming from the tires. See more »


Det. Danny Fisher: I'm training the world's most dominant pug. He's going through a bulking phase.
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References The Andy Griffith Show (1960) See more »


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Published by WB Music Corp. (ASCAP) o/b/o Warner Chappell Music Finland
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User Reviews

Thriller with supercharged action and moving pacing by Renny Harlin
27 July 2011 | by See all my reviews

Gripping, original action movie with the wrestler John Cena desperately trying to find the means avoid his girlfriend to be murdered . Exciting screenplay that dispenses absurd excitement as well as amusement . Excellent thriller full of intrigue and tense, this is a fast-paced, stylized action-suspense film. The tension of this picture keeps snowballing as the clock ticks ever close for killing his lover .Detective Danny Fisher (John Cena) discovers his love interest (Ashley Scott) has been abducted by a ex-con (Aidan Gillen) tied to Fisher's past, and he'll have to successfully complete 12 challenges in order to secure her safe release. The tale appears to unfold in real time as the many stirring and intense scenes will verify. Most unusual is the device of having the victim play desperado and hunt the killer, and saving his girlfriend , as time runs out.

This mindless, interesting and ingenious film is packed with thrills, suspense, tension and lots of interminable action. Enjoyable battle of wits between two main characters, Cena and Gillen , based on risked circumstances work out pretty well . Witty argument that dispenses excitement as well as entertainment . Casting is frankly well, John Cena is fine as tormented and intrepid cop , Aidan Gillen steals the show and takes honors as psychopath who attempts to turn the tables on the victim before he can chase him and a gorgeous Ashley Scott . Plus, a good secondary cast, such as Brian White as his best friend , Steve Harris as FBI agent and Nick Gomez among them. Adequate musical score accompanying the action by Trevor Ravin and inventively photographed , using Steadicam or hand-held camera by by David Boyd reflecting splendidly New Orleans streets .The motion picture is professionally directed by Renny Harlin , he's expert on action genre such as ¨ Cliffhunger , Die hard 2 , Deep blue sea , Driven , Long kiss goodnight¨ and many others . Rating : acceptable and passable thriller movie . The picture will appeal to frenetic action buffs .

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