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12 Rounds 2: Reloaded Blu-ray Review

12 Rounds 2- Reloaded Blu-ray

“12 Rounds 2: Reloaded” is better than most WWE Studios films.

WWE Studios and Fox have once again teamed up to create another random shot in Vancouver, Canada sequel to a 4 year old film (“12 Rounds”) that few people even saw. Instead of using the same characters and cast from the first film, the sequel (“12 Rounds 2: Reloaded”) has a new cast and new characters. The story, however, is basically a recycled version of the first one.

In this outing, Randy Orton stars as a married EMT named Nick who becomes a pawn in a mysterious villain’s 12 round game. With threats and danger at every turn, Nick is forced to comply with the villain’s demands as he does everything from kidnap an annoying criminal kid named Tommy to travel to various locations. Slowly, but surely, the story’s puzzle pieces come together and we see what the villain’s revenge filled motives are all about.

While the story is more or less a rip-off of “The Game,” “Saw,” and even the first “12 Rounds,” the “race against time” element of ‘Reloaded’ manages to make it more watchable than a majority of WWE Studios films. Writer David Benullo wisely hooks the viewer by immediately raising a bunch of questions that obviously need to be answered before the film ends. In that respect, the movie at least engages the viewers despite its many shortcomings from the dopey dialogue to the lousy action scenes (see the police bumper car scene as I like to call it).

Video/Audio:

The film, which is presented in 1.78:1 1080p, certainly looks a low budget feature. The cheap shaky cam style and the mostly shot at night setting doesn’t exactly make for the most visually stunning experience, but ‘Reloaded’ obviously looks as best it  possibly can here on Blu-ray.

Aside from some bad ADR work, the 5.1 DTS-HD MA delivers in the action and music departments.

Extras:
* DVD copy and DigitalHD copy.
* Fox trailers.
* “Randy Orton Reloaded”- A featurette about the WWE star turned actor and his experiences in making this movie. Interviews with “12 Rounds 2: Reloaded” cast and crew members are included.
* “The Action Of 12 Rounds 2: Reloaded”- A brief behind-the-scenes look at action set pieces in the film.
* “Locations: From Heller’s Lair To The Sugar Factory”- A look at the filming locations in Vancouver, Canada that are featured in the film.
* Commentary by director/cinematographer Roel Reiné and editor Radu Ion. The two chat about everything from shots and Randy Orton to cinematography and editing.

Summary: “12 Rounds 2: Reloaded” is a needless, but watchable sequel.

June 15, 2013 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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