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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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