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2000s, Action, Drama - Crime

12 Rounds (2009)

Duration 1h 48m Rating (UK) PG-13
Source of story An original screenplay
Writer/s Script Daniel Kunka
Director Renny Harlin
Starring John Cena, Aiden Gillen, Ashley Scott, Steve Harris, Taylor Cole
Elevator Pitch In a fracas at the roadside a policeman captures a villain, but is accidentally involved in the death of the man’s girlfriend. The criminal escapes from jail and initiates a twisted process of revenge, requiring the policeman to carry out a number of difficult tasks in order to keep his girlfriend alive.
Content People talk a lot on mobile phones. Houses and cars explode, a number of car chases take place, one involving a fire engine. The policeman argues with the FBI, who are sometimes for and sometimes against him. Tension as the girfriend is rigged with a bomb. No sex, nudity, drugs, torture or drinking.
A View I know we have to suspend disbelief for any action film to work, but this was ridiculous. The villain achieved more by himself than the Mission Impossible team could have managed, and the actor playing the hero turned out to be moonlighting from his day job as a wrestler. There are a lot of action movies out there, so give this one a miss.

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