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Reviewed in the United States on December 20, 2019
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.
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. C
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.
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.
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.
Reviewed in the United States on September 26, 2019
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!
Reviewed in the United States on September 2, 2015
This movie seems to be the odd go-to for me when there's nothing else on and I'm in the mood to laugh. Seann William Scott delivers in a good supporting actor role, giving his character some depth in comparison to the Stiffler clones studios seem to love to use him for. This was one of the first movies that (I think) showed he can be great in any role.
Dwayne Johnson is...Dwayne Johnson. In the same way that Christopher Walken is Christopher Walken in the movies he plays (this one included). This isn't a bad thing. For this movie it absolutely works, and the Walkenisms are hilarious.
If you're looking for a fun movie to watch on a Saturday night? Give this a shot. This is a fun ride.
5.0 out of 5 starsTHE RUNDOWN [2003 / 2008] [Blu-ray]
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 5, 2016
THE RUNDOWN [2003 / 2008] [Blu-ray] [US Release] ‘THE RUNDOWN’ is a First Rate Action Adventure Film! A Great Action Ride!
“The Rock” Dwayne Johnson stars in this action adventure as Beck, a bounty hunter who has been sent to the Amazon to retrieve the son of a wealthy underworld kingpin, who has been hunting for treasure there. But when Beck meets his quarry, Travis [Seann William Scott], he realises he's not the wayward good-for-nothing he'd been warned about, and he ends up joining forces with him to hunt for a priceless idol. But the powerful owner of the mine in the area where they have been searching, Hatcher [Christopher Walken], insists that anything found on his land belongs to him, and Beck and Travis end up having to fight their way out of the jungle. The film boasts an uncredited cameo appearance by Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Cast: Dwayne Johnson (“The Rock”), Seann William Scott, Rosario Dawson, Christopher Walken, Ewen Bremner, Jon Gries, William Lucking, Ernie Reyes Jr., Stuart F. Wilson, Dennis Keiffer, Garrett Warren, Toby Holguin, Paul S. Power, Stephen Bishop, Chuck Norman, Jamal Duff, John Duff, Jeff Chase, Price Jackson, Anthony Diaz-Perez, Todd Stashwick, Marcio Moraes, Tony Lima, James K. Miranda, David Prak, Ron Cummings, Bruno Serrano, Donald R. Jankiewicz, Pat Jankiewicz, Filipe Teixeira, Alberto Teixeira, Adriano Paulo, Reginaldo Santana, Mary Joy, Nina Kaczorowski (uncredited), Brandon Molale (uncredited), Dave Schuetz (uncredited), Arnold Schwarzenegger (uncredited) and Sven-Ole Thorsen (uncredited)
Director: Peter Berg
Producers: Bill Corless, Karen Glasser, Kevin Misher and Marc Abraham
Screenplay: James Vanderbilt and R.J. Stewart (story)
Composer: Harry Gregson-Williams
Cinematography: Tobias A. Schliessler
Video Resolution: 1080p
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Audio: English: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, Spanish: 5.1 DTS-HD Digital Surround Sound, French: 5.1 DTS-HD Digital Surround Sound and English: 2.0 Dolby Digital Stereo
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French
Running Time: 104 minutes
Region: All Regions
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Andrew’s Blu-ray Review: ‘THE RUNDOWN’  features the professional wrestler known as “The Rock” (real name: Dwayne Douglas Johnson) makes a formal announcement of his candidacy for the post recently abandoned by Arnold Schwarzenegger. Mr. Schwarzenegger himself graciously appears in a cameo, leaving a wild party in a disco as “The Rock” makes his way in. As they pass each other, Mr. Schwarzenegger salutes his would-be replacement. ''Have fun,'' he says, as if offering two words of career advice to his younger (though perhaps even larger) successor.
It has been a while since Hollywood has produced a bona fide action hero, but it appears that one has finally emerged, so look out Vin Diesel, because “The Rock” appears ready to roll and also to step into the shoes of Arnold Schwarzenegger, which would be a good move, especially with a comprehensible accent, so the symbolic torch has been passed. Now, however, Arnold Schwarzenegger is more interested in a new kind of The Running Man, opening the door for a pro wrestler-turned-movie star.
‘THE RUNDOWN’ is a lot of fun because it is a definite genre throwback and the screen isn't polluted by excessive razzle dazzle. The filmmakers have wisely kept their computer animators on a short leash. There are some obligatory pyrotechnics, but, for the most part, this is the kind of testosterone-charged action we saw often during the 1980s. Another reason why this film works is because it employs a simple story. There's no need for passage after passage of exposition to keep the viewer informed. I have often felt that if an action film takes more than a few sentences to explain, it's too complicated.
Beck [The Rock], a self-described "Retrieval Expert," finds himself in Brazil on his latest job. His mission: locate Travis [Seann William Scott], the son of his boss, and bring him to California. Unfortunately, Travis doesn't want to be caught. He is in pursuit of an artefact, and he doesn't intend to leave the monkey-infested jungle before he finds it. Travis isn't the only one after the gold statue. A local bartended/fortune hunter, Mariana [Rosario Dawson], wants it, as does the detested regional despot, Hatcher [Christopher Walken], who has turned the locals into a slave labour force. So Beck chases Travis while being pursued by Mariana, Hatcher, and Hatcher's goons.
Director Peter Berg, who has spent a fair amount of time in front of the camera during his career, crafts ‘THE RUNDOWN’ film like a seasoned veteran. The action sequences are crisply framed and edited. The suspense is not stalled by too many cuts, and the movie never goes more than a few minutes without something happening, even if it is just “The Rock” being menaced by a horny baboon. Neither the actor nor the director takes things too seriously, which keeps the proceedings light hearted. There is a fair amount of comedy sprinkled throughout, including a number of deliciously cheesy one-liners.
“The Rock” (real name: Dwayne Johnson) has everything he needs to be a staple in this genre: the steely stare, the jutting chin, the furrowed brow, and the bulging biceps, as he was his first major film ‘The Scorpion King’ and “The Rock” shows screen presence, and definitely seems more at home. Seann William Scott [Travis], plays the time-honoured role of the comedic sidekick. Rosario Dawson isn't quite the love interest as Rosario a little too tough for that. And Christopher Walken plays a wonderfully philosophical and self- confident villain. He never shouts or froths at the mouth, preferring instead to tell stories about the Tooth Fairy. It is a very typical Christopher Walken performance in style and substance type role. Regardless of whether or not it was written for him, he quickly makes it his own.
‘THE RUNDOWN’ offers everything a good action packed film of this genre offers: plenty of suspenseful action, a few good laughs, and a share of obligatory "reluctant buddy" bonding and if you are in the mood for this sort of light hearted entertainment. ‘THE RUNDOWN’ is all wild action, all the time. In-between the fisticuffs and elaborate stunts, we get fast and furious humour courtesy of Seann William Scott who is slightly “Stark Raving Mad” and whose mouth runs at 100 miles a minute throughout the film and sometimes gets himself into serious trouble. His scenes with Beck, after the two become lost in the jungles, are worth a lot of laughs. Quick quips aside, the film is a nonstop action, with enough high-wire acts, extreme wireworks, and physical punishment for the stars and their stunt doubles to fill up three action films. What makes the film’s stylised visuals even more impressive is that it’s all under the direction of Peter Berg [“The Last Seduction”], who is best known for his acting. ‘THE RUNDOWN’ is Peter Berg’s second feature-length film, and it uses just about every camera trick and high-tech special effects Hollywood can offer.
‘THE RUNDOWN’ is definitely for those who want nonstop and mindless action, snappy patter from its two charming leads, and little else. I would normally deride the film for being so shallow and unsubstantial, but the film does what it does so bloody well you can’t help but tip your hat to it. The screenplay by R.J. Stewart and James Vanderbilt is so brisk that by the time the excellent final 30 minute action sequence comes around you wonder where all the time has gone, and definitely shows you the execution is that good.
‘THE RUNDOWN’ is, without a doubt, totally brilliant and a joy to watch. See it for all the crazy stunts, the Hong Kong inspired wireworks, and forget about carrying a useful thought for about 104 minutes. I promise that you won’t be bored for one moment throughout the film.
Blu-ray Video Quality – Universal Studios Home Entertainment brings you something really special with this Blu-ray disc, because not only do you get a stunning 1080p encoded image, but an equally impressive 2.35:1 aspect ratio and the transfer is actually really good. The film ‘THE RUNDOWN’ benefits from its many outdoor jungle scenes that allow colours to pop out of the screen and offering plenty of detail. Skin tones can appear a little too reddish at times, but it fits with the style of the film. The image quality is super sharp allowing you to see every age line on Christopher Walken’s face whenever he has a close up. Those of you who like looking at Rosario Dawson will also be pleased because she has plenty of cleavage shots that ready for Blu-ray. All in all, the transfer always appears sharp where it should. Blacks are marvellous, slipping to a dark shade of grey only once or twice. There is some very heavy and seemingly random blocking during a few interior shots inside a cave in chapter 17, but otherwise, there is little to complain about with this one. ‘THE RUNDOWN’ is another visual winner from Universal Pictures.
Blu-ray Audio Quality – Universal Studios Home Entertainment brings you something really special with this Blu-ray disc, where they offer you a real killer 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio sound mixes, where ‘THE RUNDOWN’ sounds absolutely brilliant and great at the same time and is a huge leap over the inferior DVD release. There is plenty of action to keep you on the edge of your seat, so all in all your speakers will get a workout; particularly noticeable is the rear speaker because you get to hear all of the jungle ambience sound experience. Dialogue is very clean and sound effects are nicely meshed to immerse you in the action. The film's music plays precisely. It is primarily front-heavy but offers excellent fidelity. The sonic highlight of the film comes in chapter 17 as a cave collapses around the characters and it is loud, scary, and rattles from every single corner of the soundstage, making for a thrilling listen. The film's climax, too, comes complete with some of the heaviest and most consistent uses of bass yet. ‘THE RUNDOWN’ makes a strong case as one of the most exhilarating and action-packed listens yet on Blu-ray, so crank up the speakers.
Blu-ray Special Features and Extras: Apart from the Audio Commentaries, the main video extras are comprised of seven featurettes, all quite short and not in high definition.
Audio Commentary: Feature Commentary with “The Rock” and Director Peter Berg: At the start of the audio commentary we are introduced to “The Rock” and Director Peter Berg, but slightly annoyed that “The Rock” informs us that they are doing the audio commentary for the DVD, now how crass is that and Universal Studios Home Entertainment should be totally ashamed of themselves for being very unprofessional, because they should of done a brand new audio commentary with references to viewing the Blu-ray disc. On top of all that I had to crank the volume up to hear them much more clearly audible. Despite this, the audio commentary track is completely off-the-wall, mixing real information with hilarious jokes galore. It's hard to switch off, and flows very nicely and it is definitely different to be sure, very relaxed, and often completely hilarious at times with brilliant anecdotes on certain scenes that were filmed the way it was. We hear a nice comment at the start of the film from “The Rock” and Director Peter Berg about the cameo appearance of Arnold Schwarzenegger as the “The Rock” walks into the disco. You hear about the people in the jeep who are not the two main actors. You hear comments about the stunt doubles that really injured themselves very badly to the point of broken bones. By the way, when you see the scene with the jeep going over into the chasm below, we are informed by the director that they are real stunt doubles and not dummies going head over heels down the side of the chasm and really injuring themselves very badly when they finally arrive at the bottom of the chasm and land in the sacred lake in Hawaii, that use to have a King bath with is young ladies and “The Rock” and Director Peter Berg were very surprised that the authorities allowed the jeep to land in the lake. Also we hear that certain jungle shots were actually filmed on Stage 29 at Universal Studios. The director informs us that when you see the three actors Dwayne Johnson (“The Rock”), Seann William Scott and Rosario Dawson dive into the lake to retrieve the golden artefact called "El Gato do Diabo," when they surface inside the cave, this was actually built on the film lot because of the logistics of filming in different angles and of course they could control the situation. Other insightful comments includes keep going on about drawn-out stories pondering the best way to square off against Tom Arnold, which completely mystified me and must be an American thing, because he is not built like “The Rock” and checking out his profile I finally remembered who he is, but still confused why “The Rock” thinks he could go up against Tom Arnold, as the fight would be a bit one sided, so again very confused why they kept on about this situation, very strange. We also get to hear an obsession about mulling over what The Rock's hair would look like if he let it grow out for a full decade, also debating whether or not cows can get anxious, and swooning over how smoulderingly sultry Rosario Dawson is, which again they kept getting very obsessed about, which slightly annoyed me, which is a typical boring heterosexual “Men” thing attitude. But despite some of the slightly obsessive comments about certain subjects in the film, it was still very enjoyable 80 minute audio commentary and well worth a listen.
Audio Commentary: Feature Commentary with Producers Kevin Misher and Marc Abraham: Here we get introduced by Marc Abraham and Kevin Misher second, who mention they like the song at the start of the film and that the director Peter Berg wanted it included. They also mention the unusual way to open the film and that you are hearing an audio recording in the background of the “Iron Chef” whoever he is, as he must be someone very known in America. We are also informed that the club we see “The Rock” enter at the start of the film is somewhere in Hollywood. Also when “The Rock” has the massive fight scene and you see him pick up the record deck, well when you see the nasty guy run away and “The Rock” throws it across the room and knocks the guy to the ground, well that was a “one” take shot. When you see “The Rock” walks into the supposedly Brazilian town bar, which was actually shot on the film lot, you see the actress Rosario Dawson drinking the lemonade, which you will see is nearly empty, when Rosario walks round to the bar to give “The Rock” a beer, you see there is continuity mistake, as you will see the glass is now half full of lemonade and the continuity person who did not spot this mistake, should have been fired. When you see “The Rock” and Seann hanging upside down and the baboons suddenly appear to cause havoc, well the one that cause a sexual act on “The Rock” was for real, but most of the other baboons were animatronic puppets. Producers Kevin Misher and Marc Abraham give great praise to the film score and really praise Harry Gregson-Williams for creating really atmospheric music score and especially in different parts of the film and certainly gives great homage to the film ‘The Raiders of the Lost Ark.’ The scene where “The Rock” and Sean are given that special fruit to eat that knocks them out, well the filling is pears and the name of the fruit is made up and you will notice the letter “K” is emphasised and especially at the end of the film with Seann’s Father. When “The Rock” and Sean at the end of the film arrive at Seann’s Fathers home, well take note of the two bodyguards sitting in the background and when they eat the fruit, well they are two totally different actors that you see at the start of the film. We also hear that they feel that there should be another ‘THE RUNNER 2’ film and it is discussed what different location it should be set in, but obviously no one has come up with a good script or storyline, oh well we can only hope, as I really enjoyed this film and the director did a really excellent job. By the way, this track is much drier and more technical in nature, and seems to drag on considerably after the light and funny easy going nature of the first audio commentary with the actor “The Rock” and Director Peter Berg. It's still informative and worth a listen for fans, but easily more of a run of a mill standard commentary. Unfortunately, I would have preferred it if they had been edited together so that both audio commentaries merge into one track, because on their own they are a bit of slog to get through.
Special Feature: My Scenes  [480i] [1.33:1] There are no true high-definition exclusives, though Universal has enabled the disc with BD-Live. You can share your favourite chapters with My Scenes Sharing, or log onto the Universal web destination for links to info on other studio Blu-ray titles.
Special Feature: Deleted Scenes  [480i] [1.33:1] [13:50] There are a set of nine deleted scenes and some of what you view is quite interesting, but definitely are very typical run of the mill deleted scenes.
Special Feature: Rumble in the Jungle  [480i] [1.33:1] [10:32] This small feature documentary shows you behind-the-scenes filming on how ‘THE RUNNING’ film’s extensive fight scenes and stunts were choreographed and executed and of course “The Rock” [Beck] gets the most of the screen time here. Other contributors included are Peter Berg [Director], Seann William Scott [Travis], Ernie Reyes Jr. [Manito] and Rosario Dawson [Mariana].
Special Feature: The Amazon, Hawaii Style  [480i] [1.33:1] [5:26] Here is another short documentary feature on behind-the-scene location of ‘THE RUNNING’ where we get revealed how the production substituted Kaua'i, Hawaii, USA for the Amazon jungle. Originally they went to Brazil to do the filming, but as soon as they arrived they were robbed by bandits of all their equipment at gun point. Contributors include Kevin Misher [Producer], Peter Borg [Director], “The Rock” [Beck], Seann William Scott [Travis] and Rosario Dawson [Mariana].
Special Feature: Appetite for Destruction  [480i] [1.33:1] [8:20] Once again we get to view behind-the-scene short documentary of the filming of ‘THE RUNNING’ and looks at the making of some of the film's special effects explosive stunts and especially how the cattle stampede was staged. Again we get contributions from the crew and actors that includes Burt Dalton [Special Effects Coordinator] and “The Rock” [Beck].
Special Feature: ‘The Rundown’ Uncensored  [480i] [1.33:1] [6:08] Here we have a slightly silly extra which features basically a spoof inside joke scenario of a fake news pieces made by the film's animal trainer Kevin Keith about some bonding between “The Rock” and Kamila and some sexual tension that was supposed to have happened between them on the film set. We are told at the start of this short documentary that what we are about to view and hear is based on a true story, except all of the facts have been changed. But we also get other contributions from Kamila [Baboon], The Rock [Beck], Sean William Scott [Travis] and Peter berg [Director].
Special Feature: Running Down the Town  [480i] [1.33:1] [4:00] This extended behind-the-scene documentary in which we have a look at how the film's fictional Amazon Brazilian Rain Forrest jungle town that was recreated in Valencia, California, which is a suburb just outside Los Angeles. The brown earth dirt road we are told was actually brick dust that was supplied by a Company that made bricks. Of course the big question people that was asked, was they going to leave the town standing for an amusement park or get demolished, well that question you will have to find out when you view this short documentary. Contributors to this documentary included Thomas Duffield [Production Designer], Karen Glasser [Producer], The Rock [Beck], Kevin Misher [Producer], Marc Abraham [Producer], Christopher Walken [Hatcher] and Rosario Dawson [Mariana].
Special Feature: Walken's World  [480i] [1.33:1] [5:32] This final short documentary on behind-the-scene look at the filming of ‘THE RUNNING’ film, but here we have a lot more fun with this piece on the actor Christopher Walken [Hatcher], who they all say is a great and funny actor. But we also get other contributors that include Thomas Duffield [Production Designer], Peter Berg [Director] and The Rock [Beck]. We also get to see several clips from the film.
Special Feature: Easter Eggs [480i] [1.37:1] Universal Pictures has hidden a wealth of Easter Eggs with the film ‘THE RUNDOWN’ where you will find six in all. The first five can be found via the "Scene Access" submenu by selecting a specific scene number, then clicking the "Right" navigation arrow on your remote two times and what is revealed is the following:
Scene 4: Flowers for Mariana: Here we have an interview with actress Rosario Dawson.
Scene 9: They Got My Tooth: Here we have an interview with “The Rock” Dwayne Johnson.
Scene 11: Peek Break: Here we have a second interview with “The Rock” Dwayne Johnson,
Scene 17: Behind the Movie: Here we have an interview with actor Sean William Scott.
Scene 28: End Titles: Here we have a second interview with actor Seann William Scott
BONUS: The last Easter Egg can be discovered via the main menu screen. Press you’re remote's "UP" button and a small icon will appear. Press "ENTER" and watch a short clip of star “The Rock” discussing working with a very dangerous bull on the set.
Finally, ‘THE RUNDOWN’ is a completely predictable action-fest, and is definitely one of the best “The Rock” Dwayne Johnson’s film to date, and can actually pull off this film 100%. I very much like “The Rock” and his sense of humour and willingness to poke fun at the clichés of the genre. This Blu-ray definitely offers good picture quality and a great sound experience this Blu-ray definitely delivers, and a solid spate of extras. ‘THE RUNDOWN’ is a definite '80s buddy comedy-slash-action packed film that at times leaves you breathless that will give you that adrenaline rush with a no holds barred that keeps you on the edge of your seat, and there's something about this exact combination of director, cast, and backdrop that makes for a ridiculous amount of good fun action packed film, exceptional good 1080p image on this Blu-ray disc and well worth a spin! Highly Recommended!
Andrew C. Miller – Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan Le Cinema Paradiso WARE, United Kingdom
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 27, 2014
This is an action with thrills and spills all the way with a marvelous storyline with great cast supporting it as well. From the city to the jungles of the Amazons, (Dwayne) a bounty hunter chasing (Sean) a baddie somewhere along the line finish up joining forces to find a precious treasure, as it seems reasonable to a degree. So now does the goodie or baddie wins, sorry no clues. Now I have told you a bit about it so to add more there is fun and suspense along the track to keep us all amused so I rated this an A grade plus for a mixture of entertainment of sheer pleasure, Now pick up the popcorn with the movie retreat to your favorite chair to a fabulous night in. This show will have you guessing so keep your wits about you as not to miss anything, Enjoy!