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When New Orleans police detective Danny Baxter (John Cena) stops a brilliant thief from getting away with a multimillion-dollar heist, the thief's girlfriend is accidentally killed. After escaping from prison, the criminal mastermind enacts his revenge, taunting Danny with 12 rounds of near-impossible puzzles and tasks that he must somehow complete to save the life of the woman he loves.
Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: Energetic but empty, 12 Rounds' preposterous plot hurtles along at a rapid pace, but can't disguise the derivative script.
June 22, 2017
Heavy on stunts but light on plausibility, humor, surprise, visual ingenuity or psychological dept...
March 3, 2019
There's a decent little action movie somewhere inside '12 Rounds': a bit more complexity of charac...
June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Says
So-so action movie has lots of fighting, other iffy stuff.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a review of the theatrical release and not the DVD -- which comes with what's described as "two alternate endings and more action." The original release is packed with action, but it's more about the spectacle than it is about bloodshed. Not that you won't see some blood, but the tone is more enthusiastic and amped-up than sadistic or brutal. All of that said, expect plenty of on-screen deaths and tons of collateral property damage. There's also some discussion of terrorism, but the action is more personal than political. Language includes the usual suspects for PG-13 ("s--t," "bitch," "goddamn," etc.), and there's some drinking, smoking, kissing, and womanizing.
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- Release Date:March 27, 2009
- Highest Available for Purchase:HD