12 Rounds (2008) – 4/10 action movie review

Cast / crew
Director: Renny Harlin
John Cena: Danny Fisher
Aidan Gillen: Miles Jackson
Ashley Scott: Molly Porter
Steve Harris: George Aiken
Brian White: Hank Carver
Gonzalo Menendez: Ray Santiago
Taylor Cole: Erica Kessen
Producer: Mark Gordon
Producer: Josh McLaughlin
Producer: Michael Lake
Writer: Daniel Kunka

12 Rounds (2008)

Patrol officer Danny Fisher makes the arrest of his life when he takes down international terrorist Miles Jackson but Jackson’s girlfriend is killed trying to make her escape. One year and a promotion to detective later, Fisher gets a phone call from Jackson informing him that he has escaped from prison, kidnapped Fisher’s girlfriend and wants Fisher to complete twelve tasks to ensure her safe return.

4/10

Sadly, this is Renny Harlin aping contemporary, awful, action film techniques instead of employing his own fluid style that produced the spectacular action of Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger and Deep Blue Sea. There’s plenty of action here but it’s all completely unintelligible. It’s a shame as the performances and script and action sequence ideas were largely adequate for a decent, if minor, Die Hard With A Vengeance-style actioner. The rating would have been a star higher but the action climax and bad guy exit is distractingly weak.

This movie contains two sexual swear words and violence, unpleasant scenes.

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.

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