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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
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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Plot Keywords:

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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Box Office


$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


£612,954 (UK) (5 June 2009)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Renny Harlin:  [Finland]  Numerous reference to Renny Harlin's native Finland, such as the mentioning of Helsinki in dialog, a Finnish flag on the side of a motor home at the location of a car crashing into a boat, etc etc. See more »


(at around 59 mins) After the elevator drops down and we see a shot of Fisher hanging from the window in the shaft, the leg loops of his harness are visible though his jeans. 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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Composed by Jim Johnston (as James A. Johnston)
Performed by Jim Johnston with Jim Boggia
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User Reviews

The Little Action Movie That Couldn't
21 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie proves that John Cena has taken one too many hits to the head if he thought this would help establish him as an actress. Renny Harlin continues to disappoint with his movies. I found this movie boring, predictable and a combination rip off of well known action movies. Miles couldn't decide of he wanted to sound Irish or American. Sad for someone from Ireland. If our FBI is as incompetent as portrayed in this movie, we are in serious trouble. There was plenty of action, just no suspense in the action. John Cena should stick with Ghosthunters Live. There are more thrills there than in this movie. It was convenient how the bad guy could escape prison and it not be reported to the man that put him there and even more remarkable that he had the access to try to pull off his little heist. The only thing of value in this movie was the way events had to happen to make the bad guys plan successful. Too bad it was so poorly tied together. It was like watching a bad Scooby Doo episode. Scooby Doo tells the stories better.

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