Travis is an obnoxious young man with a mild addiction to treasure hunting who sets off into the Amazon for his latest adventure. He is also the son of a high-level criminal who hires a retrieval expert named Beck to hunt Travis down and bring him back home for crimes against the family. Finding Travis, Beck also finds a beautiful woman and a miserable tyrant who needs to be stopped.
Dwayne Johnson (Beck), Seann Scott (Travis), Rosario Dawson (Mariana), Christopher Walken (Hatcher), Ewen Bremner (Declan), Jon Gries (Harvey), William Lucking (Walker), Ernie Reyes Jr. (Manito), Stuart Wilson (Swenson).
The Rundown starts off with a mild bit of background before jumping straight into the plot. The setup is mild and doesn’t require much more than a simple explanation. From there the film really gets rolling with some decent laughs that only get better once Beck and Travis finally meet. Throw in some action, adventure, and a couple of morality issues and the film remains interesting through to the end.
Acting was actually pretty good. Johnson delivered a bit better than usual while maintaining his usual arrogant attitude. Scott was hysterical and has matured a bit since his younger days. Dawson delivered her usual while Walken shows that once again he can bring it when asked. The remainder of the supporting cast was solid.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were nicely done with a solid jungle feel to the film. Action and effects were well done throughout and added good depth to the film. Dialogue was campy, funny, and kept the film interesting. Sound and soundtrack were good.
Overall The Rundown is a surprisingly entertaining film considering the plot, actors, and action comedy genre. Johnson or Scott fans, or anyone who enjoyed Jewel of the Nile will probably enjoy this one quite a bit.
With violence and some foul language, this should actually be fine for preens and above.
The Rundown is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 4 out of 5
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