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The Rundown (Widescreen Edition) (2003)

Action & Adventure movie directed by Peter Berg

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  • May 14, 2010


I have always been a fan of the Rock or should I say Dwayne Johnson especially in villain roles [film and wrestling], but what ever I have always been a fan. This movie in particular was really the first time Dwayne shined, I know the "Scorpion King" and all that was out first but that really was in his wrestling/action realm. This was the first time he was put a little out of his norm [although there is a lot of action and fights] with addition of comedy. He was always good a making people laugh and it was a natural fit and I must say that he pulled it off nicely.

Beck [The Rock] is working for a rich guy retrieving late payments form various people and he is really good at his job. After crashing a party and knocking out some pro football players he thinks his time working for this man is done, but he has one more job left. He can't refuse to do it because he needs the cash to open up his own restaurant. So off he goes to the Amazon to hunt one Travis [Seann William Scott] and bring him back home to papa, Travis has other plans as he is close to finding a priceless artifact. Unfortunately for both of them Mariana [Rosario Dawson] the leader of a rebel group and Hatcher [Christopher Walken] the leader of the oppressors of the natives both want to stop them. So the fun begins as they must fight both groups, each other, the jungle, and some monkeys in a quest to get home.

Naturally this is a funny movie and very enjoyable particularly the cast, every one is excellent in this movie. The Rock is very charismatic and has a great presence on the screen, he gives a great performance here. Seann William Scott is excellent here which is nice because he can be really annoying in certain roles, can you guess what those are? Rosario Dawson is fine and also gives a great performance and once again is very much, fine. Christopher Walken as always is a legend and commands respect every time he is on screen, always great to see him. Ewen Bremner is a scene stealer in this one with his whip wielding ways, oh those silly oppressors.

The script by R.J. Stewart and James Vanderbilt is great and full of some great and funny moments but it is the action that marks my favorite parts of the film. There is one scene in particular that has a lot to do with Capoeira or Capawara depending, although Travis calls it some kind of Jiu-Jitsu or something. Director Peter Berg did a nice job with this film adding in that art form in particular. Add in some excellent shoot outs, fights and some excellent scenes involving monkeys and you get a very entertaining movie.

This is not the best movie ever and may not even be the best WWE produced film either but it is close in the latter. I would recommend a purchase on this one but you could go with a rental if you prefer. This is a very entertaining movie and is perfect for a Saturday at any time, love those lazy days.

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June 10, 2010
Ya gotta give The Rock credit. There's more to him than meets the eye.
June 01, 2010
You know, I had my doubts about Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's acting abilities, but he is actually quite good. I enjoyed this movie, much as you did, and found it to be like a modern, more testosterone-fueled version of "Romancing the Stone". Christopher Walken was hilarious, Rosario Dawson was stunning, Ernie Reyes, Jr. was both awesome and funny, and The Rock brought it. A very fun movie that doesn't get the love it deserves.
June 10, 2010
Little Ernie was always stunning. You should have seen him when he was 10!
June 11, 2010
You mean back in "Red Sonja"? Yeah, the kid kicked ass. I know on an intellectual and critical level that it's a bad film, but I kind of half a soft spot for "Surf Ninjas" too.
May 14, 2010
Love this movie too! Great blend of action and comedy for sure! Nice review!
May 16, 2010
Yeah sure was a nice blend.
More The Rundown (2003) reviews
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
The Rock at his best funny as hell you got to watch this if you have not already
Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
The Rock plays a bounty hunter out to get his bosses kid out of The Amazon and out of the hands of the wicked Hatcher. Full of action, humor and fun. Not the greatest movie of it's kind, for that you'll want to see Midnight Run.
review by . October 05, 2004
posted in Movie Hype
RUNDOWN is a simple big budget film that succeeds very well in what it sets out to do - entertain you. It is not deep, it is not profound, it does not take itself too seriously. That is the fun of it: intrigue, danger, capture, bad guy vs. good guy are all served by Director Peter Berg with an emphasis on our having a good time. The Rock is a surprisingly good actor and a very fine martial arts proponent. Christopher Walken contributes his usual keen study of evil with a twist, Rosario Dawson provides …
review by . July 19, 2004
posted in Movie Hype
Whereas The Rundown did not live up to my expectations, it did have some good moments. The Rock(Dwayne Johnson) does add some charisma to the screen with his glib style. Sean William Scott and Christopher Walken are fine in supporting roles. However the story line is really nothing special. It certainly lacks depth and basically was written as a vehicle for The Rock to show if his wrestling moves and stunt man abilities. There are other action thrillers that succede on both levels(story and action). …
review by . September 25, 2003
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: Good action and some funny stuff.     Cons: Story is rather basic,     The Bottom Line: A very nice surprise and a pleasant time at the movies.     In life, it is often good to have a career that combines your talents and interests as there can be nothing more frustrating than not being able to utilize your talents to their full extent. For Beck (The Rock), his talent for finding people who do not want to be found has made him a very …
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Professional wrestling star the Rock, who was such a lump of flesh inThe Scorpion King, proves surprisingly light on his feet inThe Rundown, demonstrating charm and humor as well as the requisite toughness. Beck (the Rock), a repo-man for deadbeats, is sent to South America to find a treasure hunter (Seann William Scott) who's seeking a priceless golden idol--which the local head honcho (Christopher Walken) would like to get his hands on as well. Add in the lovely but dangerous barmaid with a secret (Rosario Dawson), and Beck has some obstacles to overcome. The plot ofThe Rundownisn't anything special, but the script is enjoyably clever and reasonably coherent; the capable cast keeps things lively; and the movie's relaxed but sinewy pace sets it apart from the frantic floundering of recent action flicks--kudos to director Peter Berg (Very Bad Things). A surprisingly fun flick.--Bret Fetzer
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Director: Peter Berg
Screen Writer: James Vanderbilt, R.J. Stewart
DVD Release Date: March 23, 2004
Runtime: 104 minutes
Studio: Universal Studios
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