Is Violence a Game?
Release Date: March 27, 2009
Starring: John Cena. Aidan Gillen,
Ashley Scott, Steve Harris,
Brian J. White, Gonzalo
Genre: Police Thriller
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 108 minutes
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Director: Renny Harlin
Producer: Becki Cross Trujillo, Mark
Gorden, Renny Harlin, Mike
Lake, Josh McLaughlin, and
Writer: Daniel Kunka
Address Comments To:Rupert Murdoch, Chairman/CEO of News Corp.
Peter Chernin, President/COO of The Fox Group
Tom Rothman and Jim Gianopulos, Chairmen/CEO
Fox Filmed Entertainment
20th Century Fox Film Corp.
(Fox Searchlight Pictures and Fox Atomic)
10201 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Phone: (310) 369-1000
The movie opens with the FBI in New Orleans setting up to capture Miles Jackson, a brilliant thug played well by Aidan Gillen. He again eludes them but is captured by Danny. Unfortunately, Miles’ girlfriend is killed in a car accident leading to the capture.
One year later Miles escapes from prison and seeks revenge on Danny, who has been promoted to detective. Miles blows up Danny’s new truck as well as his house and proceeds to kidnap Danny’s girlfriend Molly (Ashley Scott). Miles tells Danny he can get her back if he survives 12 rounds of a violent cat-and-mouse game. The game results in dangerous chases, explosions and killings.
This is the kind of movie where the scriptwriter creates a villain so ruthless and despicable that the audience enjoys seeing the hero engage in whatever violence it calls for to send the villain to his grave. Sadly, this genre is aging to the point that it takes more and more to create a satisfying villain and a high enough level of violence. To be honest, 12 ROUNDS was tame compared to the pitch given in three previews shown in the screening attended.
The United States of America is becoming a nation desensitized to extreme violence in our entertainment. We should be thankful that life in America is nothing like what is seen in so many of our movies. Sadly, in other countries people who see these movies don’t see how peaceful ordinary life in America really is.
The movie screen has become America’s Roman Coliseum where people fight to the death before our eyes. To keep the populace satisfied, studios are creating greater and greater violence spectacles. This was not healthy for Rome and it is not healthy for us.
While 12 ROUNDS is patriotic, in that the police are its heroes, it is nonetheless just an excuse to provide a violence fix. MOVIEGUIDE® recommends extreme caution because of the level of violence.
This is the kind of movie where the scriptwriter creates a villain so despicable you enjoy seeing the hero engage in whatever violence it calls for to send the villain to his grave. Sadly, this genre is aging to the point that it takes more and more to create a satisfying villain and a high enough level of violence. While 12 ROUNDS has a moral worldview where the police are the heroes, it is nonetheless just an excuse to provide a violence fix. MOVIEGUIDE® recommends extreme caution because of the violence level.