12 Rounds

Movie heroes can be smart or dumb. They can be good or evil, brave or cowardly. But it’s hard to remember an action hero as mind-numbingly dull as John Cena’s Detective Danny Fisher in this ’90s action throwback. Fisher is an everyday New Orleans beat cop, complete with jowly dog, button-cute fiancée and white picket fence, until he accidentally bumps off the girlfriend of sadistic arms dealer, Miles Jackson (Aidan Gillen). In time-honoured bad-guy tradition, Miles isn’t interested in straightforward revenge, preferring to subject poor Danny to the Herculean tasks of the title, which include stopping a runaway streetcar and, er, saving a fat guy stuck in a lift. There’s a decent little action movie somewhere inside ‘12 Rounds’: a bit more complexity of character, a few more jokes and a hero who doesn’t look like a two-by-four with a buzz cut might have gone a long way. As it is, this is occasionally diverting but ultimately laborious.

Release details

Rated: 12A
Release date: Friday May 29 2009
Duration: 108 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Renny Harlin
Screenwriter: Daniel Yarussi
Cast: John Cena
Aidan Gillen
Ashley Scott
Steve Harris
Brian J White
Gonzalo Menendez
Taylor Cole

Average User Rating

5 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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Jay

Me and my brother saw this a few days ago and thought it was a very good film it got boring in some parts and dragged on a bit but we both enjoyed it john cena isnt realy the "actor" type but he was great in marine and hes a kick ass wrestler they could of made it better but i was still a good film

valisha

im going to see the film tomo and matt whatever im sureits a wicked film seen the preveiwsand anyways john cena is fine he is gawjuss and the marine was a sucess im guessing this will be too

superweash.

I kind of like this film. I don't know why you rated it 2 stars. I say at least 4 or 5 stars.