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The Rundown

movie reviewmovie review out of 4 Movie Review: The Rundown

Starring: The Rock, Seann W. Scott
Director: Peter Berg
Rated: R
RunTime: 90 Minutes
Release Date: September 2003
Genres: Action, Comedy

*Also starring: Ewen Bremner, Rosario Dawson, Jonathan Gries, Stephen Bishop, Christopher Walken, Micki Duran, Nina Kaczorowski

Review by Susan Granger
2 stars out of 4

After "The Scorpion King," there's no doubt that Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is a cinematic force to be reckoned with and, not surprisingly, this wrestler-turned-actor once again emerges as a competent, if not charismatic, actor. This action-packed Amazon adventure follows a bounty hunter, or "retrieval expert," named Beck (The Rock) who reluctantly goes into the jungle to retrieve Travis (Seann William Scott, a.k.a. Stifler in "American Pie"), the runaway son of a Los Angeles loan shark. The kid's a smart-aleck treasure hunter who has discovered the location of a valuable golden idol that's hidden in a booby-trapped cave. This prized artifact is also coveted by a villainous, greedy American (Christopher Walken).and an enigmatic bar-wench/rebel leader (Rosario Dawson) with a secret. In addition to "Option A" or "Option B," there's hallucinogenic fruit, hostile monkeys, exploited gold-miners and perils in the mining town called Helldorado.

Utilizing a formulaic "buddy" script by R.J. Stewart and James Vanderbilt, actor-turned-director Peter Berg ("Very Bad Things"), decided to shoot in Hawaii rather than go for Amazonian authenticity - for good reason. When he was scouting locations in Brazil with producer Kevin Misher, they were ambushed by native gunmen and robbed of their cash and computers. Oahu was a lot safer. And the idea of having Arnold Schwarzenegger do a cameo is clever; his off-hand - "Have fun" - line kind of signifies passing the action-hero torch to a successor. On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, "The Rundown" is a testosterone-propelled 5. Actually, the most exciting fight sequence is featured in the theatrical trailer as The Rock braves a smackdown from native tribesmen, including a tiny Brazilian kick-boxer.

Copyright 2003 Susan Granger

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