Detective Danny Fisher is about to have the worst day of his life. A nearly untraceable internationally-known terrorist named Miles Jackson has kidnapped his girlfriend Molly Porter and forced him into "12 Rounds" of dangerous games carefully plotted throughout the streets of New Orleans. Danny struggles to keep focus while the obvious ticking clocks and crude consequences that accompany each one of these "rounds" do their best to derail him from rescuing the love of his life before it's too late.
This of course is another WWE film and stars John Cena who was in their last film "The Marine". There isn't anything new or original here compared to so many other action flicks just like it but compared to some this was pretty solid for me. Also I felt it was much better than "The Marine" because it looks like John's acting has gotten better or he simply was more relaxed this time around and it made his lines and his character in general much more believable. The rest of the cast was very good as well including, Ashley Scott who plays his girlfriend and Brian J. White who played Det. Hank Carver was excellent. I am not going to sit here and tell you this is a life changing film or a classic but I can tell you that if you enjoyed films like, "Speed" and "Die Hard: With a Vengeance" then I think you are going to really enjoy 12 rounds as well. It is a old fashion action flick that doesn't try to be anything more than it is. The film was directed by,Renny Harlin, this man is some what of a heavy wait as he has directed some very good action flicks in the past including, "Die Hard 2" and "Mindhunters" to name a few and who can tell he really got an eye for the camera as the action scenes are very well done and the camera work is fantastic and the way some scenes are shot really helped create the mood needed. The film did poorly in theaters and that is to bad as I felt it was one of the better WWE films that has come out but action is always popular and I am sure it will make up the difference on home video this week. The DVD will contain the Extreme Cut not seen in theaters and will also be out on Blu-ray as well. The movie comes packed with bonus features with the Blu-ray having more extras, the list includes:
The 12 Rounds Unrated Blu-ray disc is presented in widescreen format, 2.35:1 aspect ratio with English 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio, English and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, along with English and Spanish subtitles.
Individual disc bonus features as follows:
Rated and extended “Extreme Cut” of the film
Commentary by Director Renny Harlin, Writer Daniel Kunka and John Cena
Two alternate endings
“Crash Course: John Cena Stunts” featurette
“Never-before-seen Cena gag reel” featurette
“Streetcar Crossing: Film with Caution” featurette (BD exclusive)
“12 Bonus Rounds: Making Magic Behind-the-Scenes” featurette (BD exclusive)
“Keeping Score: The Music of 12 Rounds” featurette (BD exclusive)
Round and Round with Director Renny Harlin and John Cena (BD exclusive)
Viral Videos (BD exclusive)
BD live bootstrap (BD exclusive)
Standard DVD Specs:
The 12 Rounds Single-disc DVD is presented in widescreen format, 2.35:1 aspect ratio with English 5.1 Dolby Surround and Spanish and French Dolby Surround, along with English and Spanish subtitles. The disc includes all special features as listed above unless noted as BD exclusive.
Released by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. *** 1/2 Out Of *****