Randy Orton is on the case in this straight-to-video action misfire...
Fox / 95 Minutes / 2013 / Rated R / Street Date: June 4, 2013
Only the patently naïve would approach a movie like 12 Rounds 2: Reloaded with full expectations. Not to say that there isn’t a time and a place for dumb, explosive fare like this, but holding out hope that a straight-to-video sequel starring a one-time professional wrestler may not exactly be the way to go. But even the most forgiving action-pic lover will groan through 12 Rounds 2, a patently mediocre effort that makes its detective drama as boring as possible.
We start on a date. Nick (Randy Orton) and his wife (Cindy Bubsy) are enjoying a simple, easy-going night on the town that they cap off with a romantic evening walk. Then there’s a mighty and horrific car crash in their vicinity, and the woman driving one of the vehicles dies pretty much in Nick’s arms. Fast-forward one year to the day, Nick – an EMT – gets a call that sends him to a creepy-ass fellow who happens to have some plastic explosives forcibly sewn into his person. Ick.
In any case, said plastics explode, and it turns out that there’s a mastermind behind this vigilante bloodshed, and he informs Nick that unless he consents to participate in a sadistic cat-and-mouse game of sorts, his wife is toast. So Randy Orton flexes, barks into cellular phones, and gets to work. I don’t blame the wrestler specifically for 12 Rounds 2’s defiantly apparent shortcomings, but his simple earnest certainly doesn’t help things. This is a low-rent shoot-em-up that would hardly merit a walk to the Redbox.