12 Rounds


The film opens in an FBI operation to catch a nearly untraceable, internationally-known terrorist, named Miles Jackson (Aidan Gillen). New Orleans Police Officer Danny Fisher (John Cena) and his partner bump into the getaway car of Jackson and his Fiancée (Taylor Cole). After Danny chases the car on foot, he manages to stop them. Jackson’s girlfriend is, however, killed, when she is run over by a truck after trying to make a run for it. One year later, Danny and his partner have been promoted to detectives. Jackson has escaped prison and planned his revenge on Fisher in a game he calls “12 Rounds”. He kidnaps Fisher’s girlfriend Molly Porter (Ashley Scott) and forces him into a series of dangerous games, carefully plotted throughout the streets of New Orleans. Fisher struggles to keep focus while the obvious ticking clocks and crude consequences that accompany each one of the “rounds” do their best to derail him from rescuing the love of his life before it’s too late.


I know what you’re thinking…John Cena in a movie? WTF?!? Why should I even bother? Well, I’ll be honest with you. I thought the same thing, byt finally caved in and gave this film a shot.

The verdict is that this is an exciting action/thriller. I wasn’t a fan of the beginning, as they spent a bit too long introducing the characters and plot for my taste. I don’t know…I just feel they could have shoortened this up a bit.

The “game” that was played between Cena and the villain, Miles Jackson, is what makes this film, not to mention gives it the title, 12 Rounds. Obviously, it is the bulk of the film, and with good reason. Each task has the viewer on the edge of their seat wondering if Cena will accomplish the task and save his girl.

I did have issue with these action packed scenes, though. First and foremost, who is gonna pay for all the damage done to the city of New Orleans, as well as personal property, such as all the cars that were destroyed when he ram them over with a fire truck. I know insurance doesn’t cover that, so it is a bit intriguing.

It seems to be  recurring theme here lately in films that I watch, as well as on TV, that the FBI agents think that just because they’re government employees or whatever that they are in charge, I know that they outrank the local police and all, but when a man’s wife is in danger, the last thing that is going to be on his mind is decorum. Steve Harris comes off as cocky, arrogant, and too much involved with himself for a FBI officer. I was glad when he got punched in the face. He more than deserved it.

Obviously, in cinema you have to hav a hot wife, no matter who you. The problem is that the token eye candy, Ashley Scott, isn’t used for anything more than the token hostage. I’m pretty sure she’s more than talented enough to have received a better role. Still, she coul have done better than be the hot chick in the her first scenes, a nagging housewife and for the rest of the film nothing more than just a damsel in distress. Just seemed like a bit of a waste if you ask me.

WWE is known for wrestling. Thier last non-wrestling venture was the XFL, which wasn’t the best football league around, but it was football, so what can you say? 12 Rounds takes us on an exciting ride that is filled with twists and turns that keep the viewer from falling asleep. John Cena is the focal point of the film, and rightfully so. Sure his acting leaves something to be dissed. If they intended on making him the next Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, he need to develop some mor charisma, but in terms of career after wrestling, this is a start. As far as this being worth watching, it really is. No, it isn’t the best picture in the world, but it is enjoyable and entertaining.

4 out of 5 stars


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