The Rundown (2003) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Action / Adventure / Comedy
Universal || PG13 - 104 minutes - $29.98 || February 10, 2009
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2009-02-05


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Peter Berg
Writer(s): R.J. Stewart (story), R.J. Stewart and James Vanderbilt (screenplay)
Cast: The Rock, Seann William Scott, Rosario Dawson, Christopher Walken


Theatrical Release Date: September 26, 2003


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • 2 Feature Commentaries
  • 5 Featurettes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • BD-Live


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

When The Rock seemingly quit the wrestling business to focus on acting... I laughed. C'mon, we all did. Sure, wrestling technically *is* acting, but I never thought he would be descent. Then I saw The Scorpion King... not bad. Not the greatest plot in the world, but still an enjoyable action flick. And then came The Rundown... which was even better!

Beck (The Rock - or Dwayne Johnson as he now likes to be called) works for the mob - doing odd jobs here and there so he can get enough money to open up his own restaurant. After completing what he hopes was his last job his boss suckers him into one more job - tracking down his son, Travis Walker (Sean William Scott), who has been hiding out in El Dorado, Brazil looking for a rare artifact worth millions. Just like that, Beck is in Brazil where he meets up with Mr. Hatcher (Christopher Walken), a wealthy entrepreneur who hires the locals to help look for gold and artifacts while paying them literally pennies.

After a short discussion with Mr. Walker, Beck tracks down Travis at the local bar and aims to take him back to American to collect his pay and start his dream job. Unfortunately, Mr Hatcher learns that Travis does in fact know where the secret artifact is and Beck and Travis go on the run trying to not only track down the treasure, but to also escape before they become food for the animals.

Alright, so the plot is hardly original Ė one person tracking down another only to be side-tracked by some adventure and another set of individuals trying to hurt both of them where they are forced to team up. What really saves the film from becoming a Direct to Video release is The Rock and Sean William Scott. Both seem to hold their own with some really nice choreographed stunt scenes (which happen several times throughout the film) and the charm of Scott who plays a bit more mature version of the Stifler from the American Pie trilogy. The ending with Mr. Hatcher last a good fifteen minutes where its 100% pure action and itís very easy to see how The Rock took some of his wrestling "moves" and incorporated them into the film.

Like the action/jungle flicks of the 80's (Commando, Predator) this one is pretty good. The acting can be a bit over the top at some parts (Walken with his tooth fairy bit), but itís still an enjoyable popcorn flick that really kicks some serious ass on Blu-ray.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

All Presented in SD.

Commentary with The Rock and Director Peter Berg

Commentary with Produers Kevin Misher and Marc Abraham

Featurettes (45 Minutes):
- Rumble in the Jungle
- The Amazon, Hawaii Style
- Appetite for Destruction
- The Rundown Uncensored
- Walkenís World

- - A mix of features that delve deep into the production of the film like casting, how the film was shot in Hawaii and some really good Walken scenes.

Deleted Scenes (10 Minutes) Ė These are less than a dozen deleted/extended scenes that are pure junk. So glad they cut all of these.

Also include is a BD-Live portal where you can share your most favorite scenes with all your friends!



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

The Rundown comes to Blu-ray on 2.35:1 (VC1) on a 25GB Disc. This transfer certainly shows its age, close-up shots look great but the wider ones look pretty bad. Grain is literally everywhere (looking like mosquito's attacking objects) and colors are a bit saturated. In a direct comparison, I found the Blu-ray to look identical to the HD DVD.

Universal had included a loss 5.1 DTS MA track for this release. One word: kick ass (OK, two words). Universal certainly knows how to make a nice track because this is filled with pops, bangs, punches and some great ambiance sounds. Literally from start to finish my speakers and sub woofer were given a workout.



.::OVERALL::.

I'm not a huge fan of Action films, but I found this one to keep my interest the entire way and actually thought The Rock did a decent job. With a good selection of features and a kick ass audio track I give this one a huge recommendation! $20 or less for all of this? Go for it!