The Rundown

 (5,549)6.71 h 44 min2003X-RayPG-13
HD. The Rock lays the smackdown on the bad guys as a bounty hunter whose 'one last job' turns into a brawl-filled race to find an artifact.
Directors
Peter Berg
Starring
Dwayne JohnsonSeann William ScottChristopher Walken
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SuspenseAction
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English [CC]
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Supporting actors
Rosario DawsonEwen Bremner
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Universal City Studios Product
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PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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4.7 out of 5 stars

5549 global ratings

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joel wingReviewed in the United States on June 15, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Better than expected action comedy w/Dwayne Johnson's 1st substantive role
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The Rundown was a comedy action flick featuring Dwayne Johnson in just his fourth film. It was one of his first substantial roles where he actually got to act and say lines. He played Beck an enforcer for a bookie. His was sent by his boss to Brazil to find his delinquent son Travis (Seann William Scott), and bring him home. In the process Beck gets caught in the middle of struggle against an exploitative mining operation run by Cornelius Hatcher (Christopher Walken). Mariana (Rosario Dawson) is one of the leaders of the resistance.

Johnson really got to show his stuff both physically in fight scenes and acting with the comedy. Walken was his usual outstanding self. He was an eccentric businessman playing dictator over the hundreds of people under his employment. Scott played the smart ass. Both find a conscience when they confront Mariana’s struggle. That provided for a fun movie that was better than expected.
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tigerced73Reviewed in the United States on June 9, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
No breaks!!
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Hands down, one of, if not the best "The Rock" movie there is. This movie has win written all over it! This movie has everything, literally! This movie has action, lots of that. It has comedy, and adventure too! I love the archeology adventure in it for the golden cat "Gato." It has beautiful scenery of forest, waterfalls, etc. It has a great cast, including: The Rock, William Sean, and Christoper Walken. It has music, also, that fits the upbeat flow of the movie. I personally think this is one of the best movies, of all time, IMO. I highly recommend it.
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SueReviewed in the United States on December 21, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Good if you are a 12 to 16 year old boy
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The trailer showed all the high points. I was hoping this would be a better "action" movie than it was. Dwayne Johnson and Jeann deserved better venue than this. Most of it boring and violent. The only good fight scene was the little guy with the gorgeous body doing all these incredible gymnastics. I think Dwayne Johnson is a good actor (and he seems to be a decent human being); his 2 disaster movies pretty good. Hope he gets some better scripts....teenage boys and immature men might like this, but I was sorry I bought it; should have rented. I do not think I will watch this again. I fast forwarded through some of the fight scenes although I did watch it to the end.
3 people found this helpful
Matto BorkeReviewed in the United States on May 23, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
noisy, cute, vapid
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Action time! Flying bodies, tables, no flying monkeys. Also full of clichés: beautiful damsel tougher than any 10 men who is also the rebel leader (heart of gold). Evil white capitalist, with "uncaring" henchmen. You can find the same story on Saturday morning cartoons. Yawn.
4 people found this helpful
PipnoodlesReviewed in the United States on September 27, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
pretty stupid action movie
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pretty stupid movie really. not much substance to the plot. I assume, since the cast has some pretty good actors, that it was butchered in post production. I will give it a generous 3 stars on account of some nice camera shots of brazil? and because so many people seemed to like it. presumably for the generous amounts of action. for my taste, i would just watch the tooth fairy again if i needed to see a dumb "the rock" movie. at least i knew what i was getting into with that one. cheers!
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Gregory P. JerkichReviewed in the United States on March 23, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Rundown {Blu-Ray}
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This is really a fun movie to watch. I wasn't a fan of "The Rock" until I saw this movie. He really isn't a half bad actor. I thought he did a pretty good job. He was tough & he was funny. Watching "The Rock" & Seann William Scott go at it it throughout the movie was great. I don't recall seeing Seann in anything before either. These two guys made the movie. You can't forget Chris Walken & the beautiful Rosario Dawson. I'm glad they shot this in the 2:35:1 ratio rather than the somewhat common 1:85:1 which would have filled the screen, but you would have missed a lot of the picture. Not really a fan of 1:85:1 ratio aspect. I got this for under $10.00. I saw this at my buddy's house & ordered it the next day. The sound seemed fine to me but I listen through my stereo system & not one of those high end speaker systems they got today. The Special Features are really good too !! Overall this is an enjoyable movie, I think, & I would recommend this movie if you like action & comedy.
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"velurion"Reviewed in the United States on April 24, 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars
Indiana Jones meets Midnight Run
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Well, I for one was pleasantly surprised by this action/adventure flick. Truth be told I like Seann William Scott, Christopher Walken, Ewen Bremner, and Rosario Dawson, who all have roles, but it was The Rock (the films main character), who is surprisingly charming and amusing and - lest I forget - the action star and highlight of this film. Sure, if you were already a fan of his pro wrestling star status, you would buy this DVD anyway, but I only knew him from the recent The Mummy movies, where I wasn't overly impressed with his CGI-assisted Scorpion King character. So really, it was kind of a first meeting for us.
The plot is fairly straightforward: Beck (the Rock) has to find Travis in the Amazon jungles and return him to Los Angeles. It¡¯s like the late 80¡¯s DeNiro movie Midnight Run in this way. Given that it takes place in the Amazon and Travis is seeking an ancient treasure, it also plays a bit like an Indiana Jones instalment.
Christopher Walken plays a bad guy again ¨C no surprise there, and he seems to relish the lines he¡¯s been given. Seann William Scott buffed up for this role, but he retains his smart-ass humour from the American Pie movies, which he is most known for. Rosario Dawson is probably one of the better up-and-comer actresses, and though she looks great and acts well in this, I really was annoyed by her awful attempt at the Brazilian Portuguese accent - sounding a bit Russian, Jamaican, German etc at times. But I¡¯m nitpicking here, right? Ewen Bremner (best known from Trainspotting) is on the other side of the spectrum being (intentionally) fairly difficult to understand with his thick Scottish accent.
Last but not least, The Rock is just oh-so cool and yet he plays his role straight and ¡®real¡¯. Despite the ¡°Rock¡± name, you don¡¯t feel like you¡¯re watching the typical action star (Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Vin Diesel), who is always posing or looking mean with squinty eyes. Rock actually acts a lot more natural than most actors in general; in the DVD commentary he's modest, amusingly self-deprecating, and seems at ease with himself, and those are qualities that are rare in Hollywood, let alone most people you meet. Director Peter Berg¡¯s commentary is only bearable because he has Rock to play against. Berg also oozes a bit too much for Rosario Dawson at times. It¡¯s almost embarrassing to listen to.
Harry Gregson-Williams, who is director Tony Scott¡¯s loyal composer, does the score for The Rundown and it is indeed great, mixing the right amount of energy into what¡¯s required to pace an action movie, but also adding lots of flavour appropriate with the Amazon/Brazil reference.
There are the usual plot holes and at times weird and typically American kind of humour attached to violence (¡°you tried to shoot me¡± ha, ha, ha) as well as the predictable kind of action movie: will-you-choose-to-free-the-slaves-or-get-rich? life altering decisions to make¡­like we can¡¯t guess the ending. The running joke ¡°Option A, Option B¡± is also used one too many times for my liking.
However, for an action/adventure movie, The Rundown is really funny and mostly well-acted. It also sounds and looks good ¨C visually ¨C and most of the effects and stunts are fun to see. The DVD extras aren't exhaustive, but The Rock and cast look like they had fun on the shoot. I¡¯ve watched this DVD a few times now, and it just feels like a different take on a common theme, and a lot of that comes down to the play between the Beck and Travis characters (Rock & Sean). Good fun.
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CoveGirlReviewed in the United States on June 14, 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars
Rating based more on the actor and DVD extras than plot...
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God bless Dwayne, he's a talented guy whose thirst for knowledge in the acting arena is admirable and sadly, rarely seen these days but some of the movies he's been in have seriously lacked the plot to hold my attention. This movie had some hilarious parts (monkey scene, eating that fruit that made you high) and some rather pathetic moments ("thunder and lightning", tooth fairy speech and the fact that Dwayne is supposed to be a CHEF!?!--no backstory on that and a waste of lines). But if you're looking for an action movie that is pretty non stop, this is it. The fight scenes are good and the action is enough to keep you interested despite the poorly executed plot. Dwayne is charismatic, funny and believable in his role...I think he makes the absolute best in what he was given to work with. Sean makes the best of his role as well but for someone who has outsmarted the long arm of the slumlords for so long, some of the lines he was given were totally cheesy. I think they make a good duo though and if the script were a little more developed there's the possibility to be the next Lethal Weapon-esque buddy movie stars. (Dwayne did state he'd be interested in that type of role...interesting thought)
But if you're renting/buying this movie to see The Rock and/or a good action movie, you won't be disappointed. If you want that AND a plot, well...2 outta 3 ain't bad!
Onto the DVD extras. THIS is the reason I'm buying the DVD. My husband and I were laughing so hard we could barely breathe. It was like a whole separate bonus comedy after the movie!! Their chemistry is even more apparent on this section and the behind the scenes stuff was just great.
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