12 Rounds Blu-ray Review
It's not as bad as you would think. Really.
When New Orleans cops Danny Fisher (John Cena) and Hank Carver (Brian White) become involved in a Federal pursuit of an Irish master criminal, Miles Jackson (Aidan Gillen), they manage to make the collar but during the arrest Jacksons girlfriend is accidentally killed. A year later Jackson manages to break out of jail and he has revenge on his mind. He kidnaps Fishers live-in girlfriend Molly Porter (Ashley Scott) and makes Fisher go through a series of 12 challenges. Succeed and he keeps Molly alive and must face the next challenge. Fail and Molly dies, as well as any innocent people caught too close to the game.
12 Rounds is a WWE-produced film starring one of its most popular wrestlers, but that alone shouldnt scare you away from the film. Sure, the acting is uneven and the plot has its share of leaky holes, but when taken for what it is its not really all that bad. 12 Rounds is an action-flick with a seemingly indestructible beefy hero and a dirty, double-crossing villain with a foreign accident. A lot of explosions, gunfire, and close escapes ensue, all played out over the backdrop of New Orleans, and as long as you sit back and just go along for the ride youll find it enjoyable. Expect anything more from it and youll certainly be disappointed.
The production values on the Blu-ray release of the film are quite good, and the sharp, hi-def picture really brings all of those pretty explosions into brilliant color and focus. The sound has been mixed expertly, with all the deep bass booms of the explosions and staccato reports of weapons fire bringing you into the action without making it a struggle to hear the dialog.
The Blu-ray release comes packed with special features and a digital copy of the film to download to your PC, PSP, or iPhone. The film is presented in its theatrical cut and in an unrated alternate version, but the alternate version adds all of three minutes to the original film. Most of the special features tend to be Cena tributes, often with Cena himself paying the tribute, but the feature on how the film's signature stunt was created and filmed in the middle of downtown New Orleans is pretty interesting.
Transmitted: 3/2/2015 9:26:12 AM