12 Rounds 2: Reloaded Reviews
May 6, 2014
WWE Films continue to surprise, giving us a string of terrific action thrillers from an unlikely source. Their latest straight to video release is a sequel to 2009s, 12 Rounds. While Randy Orton wasn't nearly as good as John Cena was in the first film, he gives a more than adequate performance as Nick Molloy, a paramedic who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. After failing to save a rich mans wife at the scene of a drunk driving accident, the man decides to punish all those involved, including the paramedic who failed to save her. The story here is pretty solid, especially for an action film, but what bothers me is that this sequel was in no way connected to the first film. Reloaded is a different story in a different city, with an entirely different cast, so how did the bad guy manage to come up with the same game, from four years earlier? As for that game, the rounds weren't as long or as complicated, but what really makes this better than your average action movie is the compelling back story and the depth of the characters involved. Randy Orton, while having very limited film experience was pretty good and that will come as a surprise to many. It's hard to think of WWE Superstars as actors, but that is exactly what they are. Aside from wrestling in their underwear every week, they have to play a charterer and follow a script 52 weeks a year, so is this really such a stretch? For the most part the WWE Superstars have made for some pretty exciting action stars. The supporting cast of this film was also very good, in particular Tom Stevens, formerly of the Diary of A Wimpy Kid series. Stevens plays Tommy, another person caught up in this madman's game, and he is not only thrilling and charismatic, but he's pretty funny too. 12 Rounds 2 won't win any awards, but it is 90 minutes of non-stop action, packaged in a compelling story, which I found to be extremely entertaining.
September 19, 2014
Not as good as the first 12 rounds. Should have call a different title or had stay with same idea as the first.
July 2, 2013
Awesome movie. Awesome acting by Randy Orton
June 10, 2014
If you love action and suspense movies, you must watch this !
January 15, 2014
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
(2013) 12 Rounds 2: Reloaded
This sequel has nothing to do with the first movie except that both star WWE wrestlers, pointing out that you can watch this one without seeing the other. It stars Randy Orton as Nick Malloy who's an ambulance paramedic, and then coincidently, a car accident happens right on front of him and his wife while going out for a walk along a bridge. After attempting to all three of them all at the same time, one does not make it. The movie then jump to a few years later, which while on duty and assuming that someone needed an ambulance, Nick soon finds out that it was only a goose chase with the ambulance truck he was on was completely rigged with explosives. He then stumbles onto a phone from an unknown caller, ordering him to perform a specific amount of tasks- it's more like 12 tasks, get it "12 Rounds" hence the title, otherwise he'll kill his wife. Now, at this point viewers suspect that it has something to do with the beginning involving the car accident, but don't quite know what, as the movie slowly reveals a little bit more about that as the movie is progressing.
The low budget equivalent of (2007) 'Live Free Or Die Hard', and other movies with villains asking our heroes to perform specific tasks, with at the same time, making the police law enforcement, of course, incompetent. This plot device is like a dime-a-dozen, which may have worked had I not seen the others.
2 out of 4 stars
January 25, 2014
NO WRESTLER SHOULD EVER CONSIDERED AN ACTOR BECAUSE THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO WORK OFF THEIR FUCKING ASS TO BE PROFESSIONAL ACTORS! AND THESE FUCKING DOUCHE BAGS COME ALONG AND GET OFFERED TO MAKE MONEY FOR COMPANIES AND THEY'RE LIKE FUCK IT LET'S MAKE SOME FUCKING MONEY! FUCK THIS PIECE OF SHIT!
January 3, 2014
Nothing ground breaking here, but an action packed high octane film that provides great entertainment. The best WWE produced movie to date for me.
December 19, 2013
So predictable twists and turns ... worst than the previous one!
November 6, 2013
While it's not the most original film, it's still entertaining and is an ok watch for a boring afternoon.
September 21, 2013
Randy Orton can't save it..
September 4, 2013
As a typical WWE production.....LOTS OF ACTION. Non stop, never know what is gong to happen next type of action. Give it 4 stars, maybe 4.5.
July 18, 2013
First off if you are gonna judge this movie because of the wwe logo. Then don't watch it you have told yourself. You already hate it. But if u don't judge the logo its a 5 star movie
June 15, 2013
There can be no denying that WWE Studios has evolved significantly since its inception more than a decade ago. What began as basically a way for Vince McMahon to build Dwayne Johnson into a star by producing his first three movies, a plan which obviously worked, the studio has grown beyond making movies merely for the diehard fans who turn in for grappling action every Monday and Friday night. Ever since Johnson moved on to much bigger things, it's been one attempt after another to find another WWE star who could fill his boots as a leading man. John Cena, The Miz, Big Show, Edge, all have given it a go at one point or another with mixed results, and now the latest to stake his claim is Randy Orton in 12 Rounds 2: Reloaded.
The WWE has done a phenomenal job of branching out into Hollywood and building themselves a credible brand, but they continue to treat their most loyal followers like brain dead morons, putting their favorite superstars at the head of one awful franchise after another. And yep, you can lump this in right along with them. Orton plays Nick Malloy, the world's most unlikely EMT ever. Not because he's covered in tattoo and looks like he was chiseled out of marble, but because of a complete lack of human emotion. The film begins with Nick and his wife Sarah (Cindy Busby) at the scene of a terrible accident. Try as he might, Nick is unable to save everyone, and one woman dies. A year later, what should have been a routine night suddenly gets very explosive as Nick is targeted by Heller (Brian Markinson), an unseen villain with an obvious chip on his shoulder.
Structured in exactly the same way as the prior film, the bad guy has come up with twelve games or "rounds" that his prey must survive. Like practically every other WWE film out there, the hero is motivated by the kidnapping of a female loved one, and in this case it's Sarah who Nick must rescue from Heller's clutches. From a hidden surveillance outpost, Heller watches Nick's every move as he races from one checkpoint to another before the clock runs out and the game ends. We're introduced to Tommy (Ted Stevens), a loser and drug addict who becomes another of Heller's targets, but we're never clued in as to why. The mystery of Heller's motivation is pretty easy to figure out, and since there isn't a whole lot that happens in the film, you have plenty of time to think about it.
At one point, Heller expresses disbelief that Nick has managed to survive so long, and it's a curious statement because the rounds aren't especially dangerous. Mostly it's about getting from point A to point B, finding an item or person, and moving on. The first film put the protagonist through the paces, such as they were, while Nick doesn't have much to contend with. So it's not especially compelling, and often is downright boring. The script is a mixed bag, showing flashes of inspiration while painting some extremely thin characters. The only thing we know about Nick is that he may or may not have had a checkered past, and that he's more than willing to beat people up if necessary. Themes of legal and political injustice bubble under the surface, and prove to be a driving force behind Heller's actions, but this isn't a story that can support ideas like that for very long, so the screenwriter never really tries.
Technical proficiency does prove to be the film's strong suit, thanks to competent direction by Roel Reine. Reine has really settled into his role as the go-to director for straight-to-DVD action franchises, leading The Scorpion King 3, The Marine 2, and basically taking over the Death Race films. Nobody is going to call him an auteur, but he knows how to stage an action scene and play up to his lead actor's strengths. Considering most of his leading men are athletes and models with little acting experience (or talent), this means showing off their physical attributes. Orton....well, let's be frank. He can't act. Period. Or at the very least, he can't act beyond his regular portrayals on WWE TV. What made Dwayne Johnson a superstar was that he has a natural presence. He's a larger-than-life figure in the ring and out. Orton is more rehearsed, and he seems to fall back on playing the cold, quietly intense character he's comfortable with. That's not what this role calls for, though, and every time Orton tries to be likable it comes off as unnatural. Markinson is actually pretty good as Heller, playing a desperate man whose morals have become twisted by grief.
12 Rounds 2: Reloaded is definitely a step up from the Cena-led film from 2009, but that's like saying you'd rather get kicked in the gut than kicked in the head. It's probably best to just avoid both.
June 10, 2013
I wasn't really expecting much when I started watching this movie, but about 15 minutes into the movie I was really impressed with how quickly the action started. It was a suspense-filled thrill-ride that kept me on the edge of my seat. I was also shocked at the surprisingly believable performance by Randy Orton. It was also a nice change that he was an EMT rather than a cop or ex-military like most of these kinds of films. In the end I definitely think it was better than the first one.
May 27, 2013
Great movie about halfway through, but it kinda lost track of where it was taking itself after round 7. All in all, a good movie. Lucky it's only on DVD, because it's not worth a theatrical buy.