12 Rounds

12 Rounds

Renny Harlin (2008)

103min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
New Orleans cop Danny Fisher (John Cena) plays cat-and-mouse with a ruthless, grudge-holding terrorist in this conventional and clichéd action fest from director Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2). Miles Jackson (Aidan Gillen) kidnaps Fisher's girlfriend and forces him to complete a series of tasks, or "rounds", against the clock in order to rescue her. Unsurprisingly, this provides the opportunity for Fisher to leave an escalating trail of destruction across the city, while typically tight-lipped FBI agents struggle to uncover the bad guy's ulterior motive. Harlin aims for the tension-cranking thrills of a Die Hard or Speed, but his bombs 'n' bullets set pieces lack originality. It also doesn't help that wrestling star Cena is a fairly uncharismatic leading man hamstrung by mind-numbingly banal dialogue, while Gillen's baby-faced villain is not even remotely scary.

Summary

A New Orleans detective's girlfriend is kidnapped by a vengeful criminal mastermind, who sets him a sadistic challenge. To save her, the cop must successfully complete a series of 12 death-defying challenges that send him on a dangerous race through the city. Action thriller, with John Cena, Aidan Gillen and Ashley Scott.

Cast & Crew

Det Danny Fisher John Cena
Miles Jackson Aidan Gillen
Molly Porter Ashley Scott
Special Agent George Aiken Steve Harris
Det Hank Carver Brian White
Special Agent Ray Santiago Gonzalo Menendez
Erica Kessen Taylor Cole
Dave Fisher Kyle Clements
Director Renny Harlin
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Violence, swearing. Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 22 May 2009
Drama