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At Theaters: 9/26/2003 On Video: 3/23/2004
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 44 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 419948
Studio: Universal Pictures Inc.
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Beck has commissioned by Travis' dad to retrieve Travis from a lingering adventure in Brazil. Travis proves to be more of a handful than Beck expected. Beck doesn't like to fight. But he's going to have to unleash everything he's got to keep on top of his smack-talking quarry and every other obstacle that this jungle throws at him.
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Action Adventure - An action packed adventure that's very cool and funny. The story and dialog are both quick and fun. It contains some of the most incredible action/fight scenes ever filmed.
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Cast and Crew Heading
The Rock THE SCORPION KING
Seann William Scott AMERICAN WEDDING, BULLETPROOF MONK, EVOLUTION
Rosario Dawson 25TH HOUR, THE ADVENTURES OF PLUTO NASH
Christopher Walken GIGLI, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, THE COUNTRY BEARS
Wri/Dir: Peter Berg VERY BAD THINGS
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The Mission
About The Production
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 2 GD's, 10 S-words, 9 A-words, NO F-words, several others.
SEX/NUDITY: None
VIOLENCE: Lots of gun/fist fighting violence but none is especially graphic.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None
ACTION: Lots of gun fights and absolutely incredible fist fighting action.
COMEDY: It's not a comedy, but it's often funny in just the right places.
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Above Average

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James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Good "The Rundown is a lot of fun because it's a throwback. The screen isn't polluted by excessive razzle dazzle. The filmmakers have wisely kept their computer animators on a short leash. There are some obligatory pyrotechnics, but, for the most part, this is the kind of testosterone-charged action we saw often during the 1980s.''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Very Good "Whether The Rock will rival Schwarzenegger's long run as an action hero is hard to say -- but on the basis of The Rundown, he has a good chance. I liked him in his first starring role, The Scorpion King (2002), but only up to a point; 'On the basis of this movie,' I wrote, 'he can definitely star in movies like this.' That's also true on the basis of The Rundown -- but it's a much better movie, and he has more to do.''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Average "WWE wrestling commodity Dwayne The Rock Johnson isn't much of an actor, but for a mountain of muscle he's a surprisingly charming screen presence. And his low-key appeal helps nudge Peter Berg's derivative but good-natured light action picture in the direction of breezy entertainment, rather than painfully noisy macho posturing.''

Newsday  Full Review
Average "The Rock, dapper and good-humored, survives the daunting jungles of Brazil with wisenheimer Seann William Scott. No-brainer, all-brawny action comedy with a surprising display of visual dynamism from actor-turned-director Peter Berg."

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Based on an Exit Polling of 188 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
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Many
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Would
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Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
30
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
10
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
33
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
22
Very High
100%
30+Adults (M)
46
Very High
100%
30+Adults (F)
47
High
100%
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OPINION OVERVIEW
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Moviegoer Opinions:

It's obvious the audience enjoyed The Rundown as much as I did. These are some very high reviews. Virtually everyone loved this movie giving it lots of "Fantastic" and "Excellent" reviews. This is a movie you don't want to miss, especially on the big screen. GO SEE THE RUNDOWN!

Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
What a fun and entertaining movie! "The Rock" is destined to be a major action star. The Rundown is fast, funny and very cool. It should get very high reviews from everyone who enjoys this type of movie.

Action fans, you MUST SEE The Rundown on the big screen. It contains some of the most incredible fight scenes I've ever seen.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
In the always rough, have-to-be tough urban jungle of Los Angeles, there are men like Beck (THE ROCK)…well, not exactly like Beck—a man who uses whatever means are necessary to retrieve whatever he is paid to bring back. A marker, a late payment or a Super Bowl ring from a quarterback with gambling debts—Beck doesn't differentiate and simply relies on his wits, his "let's get this over with" attitude and his devastating physical prowess to get the job done. For him, it's a simple, multiple-choice world: (A) Beck's way, (B) Beck's way with force, or (C)…there is no "C." 

Beck doesn't go looking for trouble, and he doesn't like making trouble for anyone, either. Unfortunately, trouble is what he's hired to clean up, and there's one final mess he's got to get out of before he can leave it all behind. And this one just keeps getting more and more tangled, like the Amazon jungle he's been sent to in The Rundown. 

At the center of his current trouble is a wise-ass named Travis (SEANN WILLIAM SCOTT), a fast-talking double dealer whose dad has commissioned Beck to retrieve from a lingering adventure in Brazil. Travis proves to be more of a handful than Beck expected, not only because of his mouth and his heels-dug-in reluctance to leave, but because of a couple of other complications he brings with him: Mariana (ROSARIO DAWSON), a no-nonsense local who holds the answers to some of the jungle's hidden mysteries, and Hatcher (CHRISTOPHER WALKEN), an unhinged despot who has turned the jungle and its inhabitants into his own fortune-making, gold-mining empire.
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