12 Rounds

2009

12 Rounds

Critics Consensus

Energetic but empty, 12 Rounds' preposterous plot hurtles along at a rapid pace, but can't disguise the derivative script.

30%

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45%

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When New Orleans Police Detective Danny Fisher stops a brilliant thief from getting away with a multi-million-dollar heist, the thief's girlfriend is accidentally killed. After escaping from prison, the criminal mastermind enacts his revenge, taunting Danny with a series of near-impossible puzzles and tasks--12 rounds--that Danny must somehow complete to save the life of his own fiancee. Ranging from tests of intelligence to Sisyphean tasks of endurance, Miles keeps Danny guessing at every treacherous turn. Each new round sends Danny hurtling through the city at a breakneck pace. As Miles toys with Danny, innocent citizens are threatened. Automobiles, streetcars and ferryboats are transformed into potential weapons of mass destruction. With the violent rounds mounting, one wrong move may take the match closer to a deadly conclusion.

Cast

John Cena
as Danny Fisher
Gonzalo Menendez
as Ray Santiago
Nick Gomez
as Samuel
Kyle Clements
as Dave Fisher
Travis Davis
as Anthony Deluso
Peter Navy Tuiasosopo
as Willie Dumaine
Billy Slaughter
as Technician
Brian DeCaro
as FBI Agent Gator
Rosalind Rubin
as FBI Agent Sheila
Kim Collins
as Phil the Plumber
Lara Grice
as Cell Store Owner
Wayne Ferrara
as Battallion Commander
Douglas M. Griffin
as Peter Gerard
Vincent Flood
as Detective Chuck Jansen
Luke Albright
as Johnny Jenkins
Bryan Johnson
as Sleeping Streetcar Passenger
David Frye
as Officer Phelps
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Critic Reviews for 12 Rounds

All Critics (71) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (50)

  • Heavy on stunts but light on plausibility, humor, surprise, visual ingenuity or psychological depth.

    Sep 1, 2009

    Rob Nelson

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • Apart from the palpably improbable storyline, Harlan shows a massive disregard for characterisation, and so much bang-bang editing that you scarcely know where you are.

    Jun 2, 2009 | Rating: 2/5
  • 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.

    May 29, 2009 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…
  • A lunk-headed, brawling action movie with more muscle than brains and the kind of editing that feels like being repeatedly shot in the eyes with a staple gun.

    May 29, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
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  • One long blur of car stunts and digital clocks counting down to detonation - passable for lazy television viewing, but not worth the price of a ticket.

    May 29, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • It remains to be seen whether this crude, dumbly entertaining outing will encourage the director to tackle more of the Greek myths.

    May 29, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Xan Brooks

    Guardian
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Audience Reviews for 12 Rounds

  • Jul 17, 2015
    12 Rounds is one of those films that will never be rememberd or set the box office on fire but it's fun, It's gripping from start to finish but something was missing that would of gave it an extra punch, The story was good and the nice twist at the end was great, The acting wasn't great but John Cena does his best, It's a nice way to kill time but no more.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 23, 2013
    12 Rounds is full of energy but doesn't pack the right amount of punch. The film's tacky acting and loose storyline could only push it so far, but not far enough to go the distance. 2.5/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 20, 2011
    Everything-in-the-trailer <i>Die Hard With A Vengeance</i> rip-off, with dot-to-dot simplistic plotting and a truly terrible lead performance from WWE Star John Cena. Further evidence of Renny Harlin's hackary, the script is risible, the situations utterly unbelievable and the characterisation non-existent. The only thing working is Aidan Gillen's charismatic performance; he makes for an enjoyable villain and is totally fuckable. If he doesn't float your boat there's absolutely nothing here.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • May 01, 2011
    Instantly forgettable, 12 Rounds is part Speed, Die Hard, Saw, 24, and 88 Minutes (a terrible movie itself). The script is horrendous, and is not given any favors by a cast headlined by John Cena. What keeps this movie from being a complete train wreck are a number of "so bad its' good moments" and energetic pacing with a few good action scenes.
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer

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