Rated PG-13; running time of 84 minutes
Written by: R.J. Stewart and James Vanderbilt
Directed by: Peter Berg
Cast: The Rock, Seann William Scott, Rosario Dawson, Christopher Walken, Ewen Bremner
WARNING - SPOILERS BELOW.
Beck (The Rock) is a "retrieval expert" which is the nice way of saying that he is the enforcer for a bookie. Beck hates violence tries everything in his power not to resort to it. This makes for some very interesting retrieval jobs. Beck is also tired of the drama and wants to quit and open up a restaurant, but his boss is holding something over and won't wipe his slate clean until he does one more job. He must go into the jungles of Brazil and bring back his boss' wayward son, Travis (Seann William Scott). Sounds easy enough. He'll fly down pick up Travis and he'll be home in 2 days... or so he thinks.
He is not counting on Travis living in a town run by the ruthless Hatcher (Christopher Walken) who won't let Travis go because Travis has found out the location of a priceless treasure. He is also not counting on the rebels being after Travis for the same reason. Hatcher wants the artifact solely for the money, the rebels want it for the money that will free their people from the indentured servitude that Hatcher has them bound by.
Add the complication of the beautiful Mariana (Rosario Dawson)whom they both have the hots for and the question becomes can Beck save Travis and the native people?
So what if it's past the first day of Fall. This is a summer movie if I ever saw one. And thank God for it! Explosions, humor, and death-defying stunts - it had it all. Rundown is one of those kinds of movies that you watch with a grin on your face the entire time. It's cheesy and unbelievable, but you still don't care.
I loved every over the top moment that Christopher Walken was on screen. Seann William Scott was pretty funny in his portrayal of a rebellious son. And of course there is The Rock. Wrestling is all about putting on an act so I don't know why I'm surprised, but I think I can safely say that thus far of all the wrestler's that have made it to the screen in my life time he is the most impressive - followed by Roddy Piper. Rosario Dawson was window dressing, except when she was with the rebels (who also stole show).
The problems that I have with movie just happen to be pet peeves of mine. I really dislike it when actors lose their accent throughout out the movie. If you are going to do it, do it right. And I hate seeing the stunt players. It takes away from the magic of movie making. These are really my only two complaints because it's not like I'm expecting The Rundown to walk away with any Oscars.
Everyone loved it including the kids. I wouldn't take anyone under 13 due to some crude jokes - like a horny monkey, but other than that I'm sure everyone can find something to like about it.