12 Rounds


12 Rounds (2009)


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


Want to See

Not Interested

Add Rating
My Rating    

12 Rounds Photos

Movie Info

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.

Watch it now


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
View All

News & Interviews for 12 Rounds

Critic Reviews for 12 Rounds

All Critics (71) | Top Critics (14)

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

Sep 1, 2009
Top Critic

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…

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…
Top Critic

12 Rounds is an occasionally exciting but always empty action movie experience.

Mar 30, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

12 Rounds is the unholy stepchild of Die Hard with a Vengeance and Speed, starring a man whose lack of range makes Steven Seagal seem nuanced by comparison.

Mar 30, 2009 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

The future of vacuous action movies is clearly with the likes of Cena, humans who resemble characters from video games, albeit without the acting chops.

Mar 30, 2009 | Rating: 2/4
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for 12 Rounds


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 Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

Another action film from the WWE stable, and an enjoyable enough one at that. Following a recurring theme from many decent action films a young detective is given a set of tasks to complete if he wants to see his girlfriend ever again, by a nasty villain out for revenge. Predictable yes, but the stunts and chases just keep coming and action doesn't let up for long. One for action fans to enjoy at least.

Dean King
Dean King

Super Reviewer

Rubbish, rubbish, garbage, rubbish... shit

Stuart Brooks
Stuart Brooks

Super Reviewer

Renny Harlin was Hollywood next big action expert in the early 90s and has disappeared quite a bit in recent years. Here, his job was to turn Wrestling star John Cena into the next Schwarzenegger, or The Rock. That does work up to a certain degree. Cena is certainly not the film's biggest problem, even if his acting skills are somewhat limited and he looks funny when he's running. Fact is, the movie has such an insane pace that you sometimes forget to think about the plot holes. The stereotypes and predictable parts well known in the genre are pretty obvious, though. In a way it's actually a remake of Die Hard 3, especially once we learn the bad guy's ulterior motifs. Speaking of the villain, Game of Thrones's Littlefinger Aidan Gillen does a decent job here, but is reduced to the regular lines a bad gets in such films. That goes for most of the dialogs, actually. There's nothing wrong with the action here, even if the editing and always shaky camera work does get tiresome at times. Still, an entertaining film, even if a little more brains wouldn't have hurt.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

12 Rounds Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

News & Features