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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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Trivia

This is director Renny Harlin's first film to release a director's cut (in this case an "extreme cut") out on DVD. See more »

Goofs

Danny tried to cut power by hitting or hammering on the electrical connection on top of the street car with his gun. Street cars operate on high voltage. Just touching this exposed connection with any part of his body or any conductive object in his hand would have electrocuted him instantly. Rubber or leather shoes cannot prevent high voltage from easily passing through one's body. 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

The UK theatrical release is cut by 15 seconds. The distributor chose to remove focus on a bloodied knife used to stab a man and close-up focus on the bloodied face of a woman after she has been hit by a van. These cuts were made to achieve a 12A classification, and were in accordance with BBFC Guidelines and policy. The certificate was raised to 15 for the DVD and passed uncut. See more »

Connections

References Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995) See more »

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Danny Boy
Written by Frederick Edward Weatherly (as Frederick Weatherly), Harold Samuel
Courtesy of Boosey & Hawkes
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Nothing Original, But Undeniably Entertaining
19 April 2009 | by MoronUnitedSee all my reviews

In recent years, there really hasn't been many truly great action flicks to warrant fans of the genre to go to the theaters. Sure, there has been a few entries in classic action series like Rambo and Indiana Jones hat met with varied success, but not much in the line of fresh new flicks has been produced (Except the awesome Crank). Thus we come to a film that really garnered next to no hype and slipped quietly into theaters, 12 Rounds. Is it the movie action fans have been yearning for? Danny Fisher, played by WWE superstar John Cena, is a New Orleans detective faced with a problem: an old terrorist named Miles he arrested a year back has broken out of jail and has taken Fisher's girl. Now the only way to get her back is to complete 12 rounds of a "game" that Miles created to finally get revenge on the cop that ruined his life. It's an unlikely scenario to be sure, but hey, this is an action flick, so it's just preposterous enough to make for an interesting plot. The thing I don't understand though is the fact that in the trailer for 12 Rounds, it is said to be directed by the same director who did Die Hard 2, and produced by the Speed producer. Why is this odd? Well, it is obvious right from the start that 12 Rounds is a blatant rip-off of Speed right down to some scenes being near carbon-copies. Well, at least they ripped off the cream of the action genre crop I guess.

One of the major compliments I feel I have to give to the filmmakers comes in that no noticeable CGI was used anywhere in the movie. CGI has been overused way too much as of late, so to see an action movie with good ol' fashioned stunts and explosions is great. What's better than no CGI is how all the action is done incredibly well. Between great car chases, huge explosions, and nicely choreographed fights, it's a feast for the eyes. Of course, all this awesomeness couldn't just stay awesome thanks heavily to the awful camera-work. Similar to Quantum of Solace's quick cuts and shaky camera during action sequences, 12 Rounds makes it difficult at times to tell what the hell is going on. I don't see what is wrong with traditional camera-work where viewers can actually enjoy the high-quality special effects since they can be seen in all their glory, but I digress.

Honestly, there really isn't much to say about this one. If you are an action fan that has already seen every Stallone and Schwarzenegger movie under the sun, then 12 Rounds is sure to entertain on a rainy afternoon. Granted, it doesn't bring much to the table in terms of new concepts or anything like that, but it's entertaining, and that all that really matters, right? Again, it's a complete and utter rip-off of Speed, but it's a damn fine rip-off, and I would be willing to call this Speed 2 more than that pathetic piece of crap film with the cruise ship. After jumping to conclusions when I saw John Cena as the star and it being a WWE Production, I was genuinely surprised by the entertainment value found within, and I think that if viewers go in with the right mindset, they too will have a great time.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 March 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,329,240, 29 March 2009

Gross USA:

$12,234,694

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,280,326
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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