Movie Reviews: The Rundown




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     Universal Pictures (1hr. 30 min.)
     A bounty hunter hired to go into the Amazon jungle and extract the son of his client.
     The Rock, Seann William Scott, Christopher Walken, Rosario Dawson
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There’s speculation that former World Wrestling Entertainment star Dwayne Johnson (The Rock, to you) is the long awaited replacement for an aging Arnold Schwarzenegger in the action flick genre.

And why not?

The Rock has the fan base, the muscles and Schwarzenegger’s charisma. And unlike the disappointing "Scorpion King," the Rock has proven this time out that at the end of the day, he can carry a major motion picture.

That being said, and the fact that Schwarzenegger making a cameo in "The Rundown" telling The Rock, "Good luck," might be a signal the baton has been passed.

"The Rundown" is a pure action ride of entertainment. The Rock plays a bounty hunter named Beck, who establishes himself the first minute of the film by beating up an entire defensive line of a NFL football team. And although Beck is a badass, he reluctantly works for a Mafia boss who has some undisclosed information that keeps him in line.

Beck is offered his freedom if he does one more job - bring back the boss’s fortune hunting son Travis (Seann William Scott) from a South American coal mining town called El Dorado. The job seems easy enough, except Travis has stolen a religious artifact from the local heavy Mr. Hatcher (Christopher Walken) who runs a coal mine and the town with an iron fist.

Naturally, Travis doesn’t want to leave before he sells the artifact on eBay, Hatcher wants him to cough up the artifact and Beck is caught in the middle. The pair end up in the jungle running from Hatcher and his henchmen while having one nerve-racking adventure after the other.

Rosario Dawson plays a local bartender, Mariana who needs the artifact to inspire her people to rebel against Hatcher.

"The Rundown" establishes The Rock as a movie star in this rock-solid buddy comedy.



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