missing for the last couple of days, and a
potential crime being investigated by tough detective McKenzie
(Venus Terzo). Things get a little more complicated for
Nick when one of his tasks involve picking up some random drug
addict in Tommy (Tom Stevens), which has also piqued the
detectives interest as the connection between Nick, the
missing mayor, and this drug addict are starting to come
Regardless of all of that, and with Nick now knowing why he
was chosen for these tasks, Heller has promised if Nick simply
completes the missions, all will be well. Heller is less
than truthful about this. And the countdown to triple
zero will begin.
To be honest with you my friends, 12 Rounds: Reloaded is a
movie that doesn't really welcome, or even rate any kind of
serious or non-serious criticism for that matter. It is
about as standard and as rote an action movie that you are
going to see. It's functional, but forgettable.
To craft this opus, WWE studios has hired veteran Straight to
DVD director Roel Reine, and while no one here is going call
Mr. Reine the second coming of Antoine Fuqua when it comes to
directing these action movies, he certainly knows what he is
doing in the field that he works in. The action comes at
a nice clip, the movie is paced well enough that it blows past
the various holes in the plot with supreme recklessness, and
while the general plot lines follow action movie convention
almost to a fault, at least we weren't bored to death watching
these conventions unfold.
As far as the performance are concerned, Randy Orton made for
a solid action hero, although his character of Nick Malloy was
presented to us as more along the lines as just a normal dude,
albeit a normal dude who clearly works out a lot, but he
wasn't presented as some kind of supreme badass.
Personally, I prefer supreme, invincible badasses in my low
budget action movies. Not dudes who are getting pummeled
by our bad guy, who has one hand on a steering wheel and
another hand on Nick's neck choking him out. And mind
you this is actor Brian Markinson doing this to our hero, a
man who looks to be twenty years older than our hero, a full
foot shorter, weighs 100 pounds less, and who looks like he
only lifts weights if they are in his way as he's heading to
the refrigerator. Now Markinson made for a good bad guy,
he just didn't look like the kind of guy who could beat up
Randy Orton is all.
To the credit of WWE studios, out of the movies of theirs that
I have seen, and there have been a few, none of them, to my
memory, have been gawdawful. But most have been pretty
mediocre. Like this one. 12 Rounds: Reloaded is
functional entertainment, but the truth of the matter is
that's all it is.