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The Rundown [Blu-ray]
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Studio: Uni Dist Corp. (mca) Release Date: 02/10/2009

Professional wrestling star the Rock, who was such a lump of flesh in The Scorpion King, proves surprisingly light on his feet in The Rundown, demonstrating charm and humor as well as the requisite toughness. Beck (the Rock), a repo-man for deadbeats, is sent to South America to find a treasure hunter (Seann William Scott) who's seeking a priceless golden idol--which the local head honcho (Christopher Walken) would like to get his hands on as well. Add in the lovely but dangerous barmaid with a secret (Rosario Dawson), and Beck has some obstacles to overcome. The plot of The Rundown isn't anything special, but the script is enjoyably clever and reasonably coherent; the capable cast keeps things lively; and the movie's relaxed but sinewy pace sets it apart from the frantic floundering of recent action flicks--kudos to director Peter Berg (Very Bad Things). A surprisingly fun flick. --Bret Fetzer

Customer Reviews:

  • Not a showcase HD-DVD, but still good fun
    Was hoping that on HD-DVD the lush tropical settings would really look sharp, apparently there's a grain filter so it might put off a few. This does fill my collection of "adventure" movies nicely, not the best acting, nor the best dialog.. but there is a lot of fun to be had. 'The Rock' is a great action star, and Walken is just priceless in anything he does....more info
  • fun no brainer
    fun movie that you do not have to think too much about. you can just watch the movie and enjoy it but really not get too invested in the characters or plot. ...more info
  • A Passable Entertainment But Could Be Better If...
    this is one of that passable entertaining movies. it could be better if they had used a more gorgeous guy than THE ROCK! yes, he has a big muscular body but a ridiculous and ugly face! he can never in no way take Arnold Schwarznegger's place! but his beauty is not really matter in this movie, the whole movie, scenario, directing and actings were terrible! BECK (The Rock) maybe a strong big guy but a guy in that size and weight could never be that fast! all of the fight scenes are terrible and clumsy! fastening slow pictured fight moves could be recognized in all of fight scenes. and the story is not something special, two guys are running away trough the jungle and a group of gangs are following them and at the end, they find a treasure, so what? finding a treasure or a valuable artifact sounds good but this is not a Indiana Jones movie! the only person who has given this movie some credit is "Sean Eilliam Scott". I can not tell that watching this movie is an absolutely waste of time but I can never suggest to anyone to even rent it.
    Although The DVD release is pretty good and it's full of special features but even this could not help it. It's not worth anything!...more info
  • Great Family Go-To Movie
    This is our favorite family back-up movie. It doesn't matter if it's 105 degrees or we're stuffed full of turkey, this movie has a little something for everyone. It's fairly family friendly, regarding language etc, no real nudity or sensuality. More importantly for the teen girls and ladies, it has Dwayne Johnson being smart, funny and drop dead gorgeous. For all the guys, there are terrific stunts, mixed martial arts fights. Some wonderful, buddy comedy and Christopher Walken, as always, stealing the show with a silly explanation of the tooth fairy myth to his thugs. A worthwhile investment to keep around the house! ...more info
  • Better than expected.
    This is just a silly action omvie, nothing more, nothing less. It happens to be a pretty good one as well. It fits in the genre of the buddy film and works on that level. Do not go in expecting too much, and you will enjoy it. The action scenes are filmed exceptionally well. Visually is where this one is above average. ...more info
  • Great Family Go-To Movie
    This is our favorite family back-up movie. It doesn't matter if it's 105 degrees or we're stuffed full of turkey, this movie has a little something for everyone. It's fairly family friendly, regarding language etc, no real nudity or sensuality. More importantly for the teen girls and ladies, it has Dwayne Johnson being smart, funny and drop dead gorgeous. For all the guys, there are terrific stunts, mixed martial arts fights. Some wonderful, buddy comedy and Christopher Walken, as always, stealing the show with a silly explanation of the tooth fairy myth to his thugs. A worthwhile investment to keep around the house! ...more info
  • Cliched action
    Don't expect a smart movie here. A lot of the action is rather clich, the humor is okay (not hilarious, but who can resist humping monkeys?), and the plot is rather thin. But with these things in mind, it still turns out to be an entertaining movie.

    If you like The Rock and the other movies he has done then you can't go wrong with this movie. If you like anything staring Steven Segal, Jean Claude Van Dam, or the earlier works of Sly Stalone then this movie will be up your alley. If these type of things turn you off then avoid this movie like the plague....more info
  • the rock in a jungle
    You got the Rock kicking butt, you got the jungle scenes, a gold mine, treasure hunting (sorta), more fighting, some ninja-styled jungle natives, a bit of humor (monkeys trying to hump the Rock!), and the usual good looking chick thrown in for good measure. What's not to like? Not the greatest thing put on celluloid, but hell...you won't be bored....more info
  • Great Movie!
    This is a great movie. It gets kind of campy at times, but D. Johnson (The Rock) and SWS really do a great job of making it enjoyable to watch. Plus it has Christopher Walken. What else do you need?...more info
  • good fun all around
    Bounty hunter Beck [the Rock] ventures deep into the Amazon in pursuit of his boss' AWOL, troublesome son [Scott], who is pursuing an ancient gold icon hidden somewhere in the jungle. Pretty soon, the two of them are both being pursued by the mercenaries of mining baron Hatcher [Walken]. A tight, good-humoured, and surprisingly well-made film, with some eye-popping effects and well-constructed fight scenes alongside the typical buddy-flic humor. The Rock more than holds his own as a comic lead, Scott's wannabe Indy Jones is a refreshing departure from his American Pie days, and Walken is a nuts as ever....more info
  • THE Best Rock Action Movie Ever!
    There aren't many movies I can actually re-watch but I have to say this is one of them. In my mind this is the best movie The Rock has acted in. The Location is beautiful, the fight scenes and action are great, not to mention the simple fact you get to watch The Rock for 90 Minutes! If they were smart they would make a sequel! And if you have an HD DVD player you can't beat the prices of most of the movies compared to Blu Ray....more info
  • Great action movie
    First and foremost, The Rundown has one of the best opening sequences in movie history. Beck (The Rock) is a collections expert who is in a packed club attempting to collect some cash from an NFL quarterback who has reneged on a wager he lost. After being denied by the QB, and having alcohol thrown in his face, Beck proceeds to an epic beatdown. The coolest part about it is the fact that since they are all football players, the movie does an introduction of sorts, with the players' vital statistics like height, weight, and position. It's highly entertaining to watch Beck demolish a group of guys; it's even better when we know how big each guy is, and that they are professional athletes.

    After the initial beatdown, in which it's clear that Beck is one of the baddest men on the planet, Beck meets with his employer (William Lucking), who just happens to be the father of a wannabe archaeologist named Travis (Sean William Scott). Unfortunately for Beck, Travis is in the Brazilian rainforest, where there's sure to be a ton of trouble.

    Upon arrival in Brazil, Beck soon meets Hatcher (Walken), an over-the-top, slave-driving, gold-mine owner who refers to his cast of workers as oompa-loompas. Hatcher's character is completely ridiculous in a good way, a megalomaniacal way that can probably only be accomplished by Walken, or maybe an early Apocalypse Now version of Brando jacked up on caffeine for the hyperactivity, and Adderall for the blinkless focus. Why he has an interest in Travis is inconsequential, other than the fact that it serves as a plot fodder and a hindrance to Beck's mission. Nonetheless, he doesn't want Beck to take Travis out of the rainforest.

    What follows is a collection of oddities like monkeys that molest people, outrageously long sequences of Beck falling out of trees without turning into a cripple, fruit that has incredibly strong halleucinogenic affects, and a handful of Walken lines that are hilariously quotable. There's also an irrelevant ancient artifact (El Gato) that Travis is hunting, and a resistance force of trapeze-artist capoeira fighers, led by Rosario Dawson, who battle Hatcher's dictator-like control.

    The Rock delivers in this one with enough charm, action, intrigue, and witty dialogue to keep an audience enthralled to the very end....more info
  • utterly implausible, but fun at times

    In the opening scene of "The Rundown," the current governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, stops by for a brief moment to pass the torch off to Dwayne Douglas Johnson - a.k.a. The Rock - officially anointing him as the action hero star for the new millennium.

    In this film, The Rock plays a wannabe restaurateur who finds himself in hock to a vicious mob boss. To work off his debt, the rock-solid behemoth becomes a retrieval expert, strong arming other people into paying what THEY owe to the gangster. For his final assignment, the Rock is sent off to the jungles of South America to find and bring back the boss's recalcitrant son, who is busy searching for some buried Indian treasure and making a general pest of himself. While there, The Rock becomes involved in a small war between a gold miner who has virtually enslaved the native population (who else but Christopher Walken?) and the band of rebels out to defeat him and regain freedom for their people.

    "The Rundown" is a fairly standard action adventure film in which the ever-resilient hero is able to pulverize a whole army of armed-to-the-teeth bad guys with little more than his own bare hands and without suffering a single scratch in the process. No matter how many times he gets punched, kicked, stomped on, thrown into the air or tossed over a cliff, The Rock always manages to pick himself up, dust himself off and fight again. Writer R.J. Stewart and director Peter Berg make it a point to emphasize The Rock's humanity by having him rarely use a gun when fighting (and then only as a last resort) and by giving him a homey domestic dimension in the form of his culinary talents. There's something downright incongruous about having a human side of beef beating everyone he meets into a bloody pulp, all the while declaring that he is really opposed to violence on principle. The film is also filled with all the verbal bantering, wisecracks and quips one has come to expect from these big budget action pictures. Some of the humor works and some of it doesn't.

    Although The Rock has yet to develop his chops as an actor, he has a certain laidback charm that works well on screen. He is effectively paired with Seann William Scott (Stifler from the "American Pie" movies), who has a ball playing the hyper kinetic jokester who just happens to be hiding a heart of gold under his mercenary exterior. The two develop a kind of nagging, love/hate relationship that generates a few laughs along the way. Rosario Dawson, with her seamless, pearly white teeth and perfectly coiffed hair, is far from convincing as a woman who is a bartender by day and a jungle-dwelling revolutionary by night. She is so grave and serious in her overall demeanor that she seems to be acting in a whole other movie entirely.

    The Rock has a long way to go before he finds a vehicle even half as good as the best that Arnold has done, but "The Rundown" has its moments....more info
  • Not a showcase HD-DVD, but still good fun
    Was hoping that on HD-DVD the lush tropical settings would really look sharp, apparently there's a grain filter so it might put off a few. This does fill my collection of "adventure" movies nicely, not the best acting, nor the best dialog.. but there is a lot of fun to be had. 'The Rock' is a great action star, and Walken is just priceless in anything he does....more info
  • Lots of fun
    This was a hell of a fun film.I was initially expecting something much worse,but was pleasently surprised.There were great stunts&action from begining to end,and "The Rock" has pretty much found his nich in Hollywood as the next action hero.Seems as though Shwartzenager has passed the torch in favor of pollitics,and you get to see that more or less in the begining.The Rock also has a good comedic side to him,and it adds to the enjoyment of this film.Alot of fun gets poked at him,and he plays off it very well.The fight scenes were pretty exciting,he even gets the S&^#!?#^* slapped out of him by a 5ft tall 115lb guy....it was quite good.Christopher Walken is always a joy to see,even if he has small parts.He has a certin charisma about him,and he can just do "the greedy bad guy" without even trying.All in all...it's a blast,and you'll be thinking by the end of the film.Option A,B....but what about option C?...more info
  • Welcome to the Jungle
    I must say I enjoyed this film a lot, it's funny with plenty of action, lots of exaggerated fights, etc. Being British, where this movie is called 'Welcome To The Jungle', I should note that the Region 2 DVD release has most of the deleted scenes included part of the cut of the movie, which means the HD version here is slightly shorter and a wee bit less violent than the DVD release. Which annoyed me a bit....more info
  • oops
    I didn't realize that the DVD I ordered was an HD not a regular. Didn't even know that they can only play on HD players. E-mailed the contact we bought it from and he just said sorry. Wouldn't refund or anything. So we haven't watched it since we have nothing to watch it on!!...more info
  • Surprisingly good
    I'd seen Rock's other movies: The Scorpion King and Walking Tall. So, being a fan, I had to see The Rundown. Reading the cover, I expected it to be the weakest of the three. Man, was I surprised. It's probably the best of the three! The Rundown has more humor and more action. It's easily the most fun to watch. The Rock is the next big action-adventure star so it's nice to see a brief cameo by Arnold Schwartzenager where he sort of passes the baton to The Rock....more info
  • Hilarious action comedy - Surprisingly good!
    This is the best action comedy movie I've seen in a long time. It's a throwback to the good action movies that Mel Gibson, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger use to make. It's also hilarious. It stars pro wrestler-turned actor "The Rock" (in a surprisingly good performance), Sean William Scott, and Christopher Walken (as the villain). This movie is highly entertaining and I think most people will enjoy the ride. I won't bore you with all the details of what the movie is about, just go rent or buy this DVD - You won't be disappointed. My rating: B+...more info
  • How 'Bout THE RUBDOWN
    This flick offers up three MALE HUNKS deserving of such treatment- The Rock, Seann Scott & best of all- ERNIE REYES JR.of Surf Ninja fame. And we don't just get a GREAT MOVIE. The extras include featurettes that also do justice to their pumped physiques with countless shots of their bare torsos. Filmed in South America The Rock is sent there to bring back stud Scott but a local boss decides to step in to make things difficult. That would be Christopher Walken. He never takes his shirt off-thank God. Anyway, Mr. Reyes is onboard to play Manito the magnificent- so dubbed by me 'cause he's never looked better 'shirtless' & this time around his acting actually shines. He plays the part of a tribe leader beautifully. Here he's captured our heroes & wants answers & fast. Trust me- this MARTIAL ARTS DUDE has never been more 'deliciously displayed.' Never willing to take a backseat to anyone when it comes to flashing some SERIOUS FLESH, he decides to fight The Rock with all his muscles BULGIN' TO BEAT THE BAND- which is fine with me. Either he only takes roles now where he's allowed to mezmorize his audience with his superbly chiseled bod or writers & directors have simply typecast him 'physical persence personified.' His pipes are huge, his pecs are pointy perfect, his abs are ripped, his shoulders are layered, his- well you get the point. Rosario Dawson eventually comes to THE GUYS rescue but doesn't treat us to any cleavage in a role that begged for it- or at least I did. I've always enjoyed The Rock. He's got a ways to go with his acting but overall made the plot believable. Seann Scott merely serves as icing on the cake. These MACHO flicks are MY CUP OF TEA. I eat them up & here we have plenty of dessert to go around & then some. ...more info
  • The lovely Rosario Dawson is the only highlight
    Rosario Dawson, who was the hot chick in Men in Black 2, is a co-star in The Rundown. She is the only reason why you should see this movie. Everybody else sucked.

    The action scenes are very watered-down. And Rock's fight scenes looked as fake as wrestling.

    This is a nice rental since it's better than the Scorpion King, but it is not worth buying to own....more info
  • Do you smell what the Rock is cookin'?
    The Rundown is a great action packed movie with some hilarious comedy. This movie contains some of the best fight scenes seen in a long time. The Rock stars in his best role yet in this movie. He lays the smacketh down in this incredible action movie. Seann William Scott only adds to this movie with his great comedic ability. With both The Rock and Seann William Scott in the same movie it's not only a great duo, but it brings the two things everyone needs in movies: action and comedy.

    The opening scene in this movie is almost as grabbing an opening scene as Raiders of the Lost Ark. After the opening scene, you will have to say, "This is a great movie." It will have you sitting on the edge of your seat anticipating what will happen on this wonderful ride. The Rundown is definitely a must see movie for any fan of action movies, or any of the, "millions... and millions of The Rock's fans."...more info