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'12 Rounds–Extreme Cut' with John Cena – a Movie Review

’12 Rounds’ unrated “Extreme Cut”

Reviewed By: Kathryn Darden on February 22, 2014

’12 Rounds’ unrated “Extreme Cut” released on Blu-ray with Digital Copy and DVD from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment in 2009.

Movie Attributes

WWE Superstar John Cena (The Marine) stars in ’12 Rounds’ with supporting performances from Ashley Scott (“Jericho,” Walking Tall) and Aidan Gillen (“The Wire”).

Good Points

  • The ’12 Rounds’ Blu-ray disc and DVD are loaded with special features including:
  • both the theatrical and extended “Extreme Cut” of the film
  • commentary by Harlin, Cena and first-time writer Daniel Kunka
  • two behind-the-scenes featurettes
  • two alternate endings
  • a never-before “Cena” gag reel and more
  • The Blu-ray disc featuring Digital Copy also includes additional bonus featurettes and viral videos.


12 Rounds is 109 minutes long and rated PG-13 as well as unrated for the ‘Extreme Cut’

Product Description

’12 Rounds’ is an action film starring John Cena and produced by WWE Studios which released in 2009. It retails for $9.98 – $12.98 on DVD.

Movie Plot

In ’12 Rounds,’ Danny Fisher (John Cena) is a New Orleans Police Detective with a live-in fiancée. Fisher stops a brilliant Irish terrorist who is sought by the FBI when the terrorist tries to escape with a multi-million dollar heist. The criminal’s girlfriend drives the getaway car for him, but she is hit and killed by a car when they try to flee on foot. This sets the stage for an action-drama based upon a game of revenge.

After escaping from prison, criminal mastermind and arms dealer Miles Jackson seeks his revenge by kidnapping Fisher’s fiancée and setting up a series of near-impossible mental and physical puzzles and tasks… 12 Rounds… that Fisher must somehow complete to save the life of his fiancée. Each task comes with a timeclock, usually involving explosives, that must be dealt with as Fisher seeks the next clue. With the clock ticking, Fisher must overcome each obstacle as he races through The Big Easy trying to complete each dangerous task, hoping he can save his fiancée at the end of the 12 Rounds.

Movie Review

I did not expect much from a movie produced by WWE Studios, but I was pleasantly surprised. ’12 Rounds’ will never make a top ten list, but it was not a bad flick for those who enjoy the kind of rip-roaring action films that follow the forumula so popular with 21st century males: fast cars, macho heros, lots of gun fire, kidnapping, murder and mayhem.


’12 Rounds’ unrated ‘Extreme Cut’” is full of action, mediocre but tolerable acting, plots twists, and more action. It is fast-paced, heavy on violence, and not for children.

Also See:

  • Joss Whedon’s ‘Dollhouse’ Seasons 1 and 2– a Review
  • Disney’s ‘Race to Witch Mountain’ with Dwayne Johnson–Movie Review
  • The Soloist With Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr. Hits the Right Note
  • Reign Over Me with Adam Sandler, Don Cheadle, Jada Pinkett Smith, Liv Tyler – a Review

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