Review: The Rundown

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The Rundown is not a deep and meaningful art film focusing on character development and subtle subtexts that intertwine themselves to create a complex storyline.

The Rundown is the most fun I’ve had at the theater in a long, long time.

The Rundown stars The Rock as a guy named Beck who works as a collector for a loan shark. Beck doesn’t want to be in the business, but he owes the loan shark, so he’s doing his time. As a last mission, the loan shark sends Beck into the Amazon jungle to retrieve his son Travis, played by Seann William Scott.

Beck heads into the jungle and havoc ensues. He runs into trouble with the local warlord (played by Christopher Walken), he gets mixed up with the rebel army fighting the warlord, and he keeps managing to lose his target, Travis.

In the end, of course, everything works out, but it’s the journey that’s the fun. The movie starts you right out with a great fight scene and doesn’t slow down. The humor is great, the characters are quirky, the action is brilliant. This is everything an action movie should be, and I’m disappointed that they don’t turn more out like this.

The Rock finally really establishes himself as a viable action star (we all knew he was, but this part was made for him). Seann William Scott shows us he can be a character other than Stifler. And Christopher Walken… well, I mean, it’s Christopher Walken, man! How could it be bad?

This one’s definitely worth paying full price for, and maybe even twice. I’ll definitely be getting it when it’s out on DVD. If you haven’t seen it - go right now. If you have, see it again. Yes, it’s that good.