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The Rundown (2003/HD-DVD)


Picture: B     Sound: B     Extras: C-     Film: D



Peter Berg is a decent actor who has become a terrible filmmaker.  Instead of getting into his filmography for which we will deal with some other time, let us think about why he decided to direct Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Seann William Scott in the ultra-stupid, ultra-formulaic pseudo-action film The Rundown.  After some oddball independent films, this was considered a commercial move forward, but instead, was a big mistake.


Essentially a very, very, very bad variation of Midnight Run for morons, Johnson is a bounty hunter who has to retrieve Scott as a bad boy criminal on the run.  Scott manages to be worse here than he was in The Dukes Of Hazzard, if that was possible.  Anyhow, since Berg and writers realized they did not have one-one millionth of the chemistry and comedy potential Robert DeNiro and Charles Grodin had in Run, they pull a lame Jerry Bruckheimer move by having them teaming up to find a lost treasure.  The film also manages to waste Christopher Walken and Rosario Dawson, but most of all, it wastes the viewers time with more dumbed-down idiocy so much on automatic pilot, that The Rock retains his cinematic title as the Vanilla Ice of the action genre.  The title is supposed to evoke the “bad ass realism” of the situation, but the film never lives up to its name.  Instead, unless you are dumber than Forrest Gump, the title will refer to how you will feel after wasting your time on this mess.


The 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image was shot with little imagination or memorable form by cinematographer Tobias Schliessler, whose work here seems to indicate that he is actually bored.  Join the club!  Color is unexciting and it attempt to be “action hip” by simply having characters be dirty (ala Die Hard, which looks like a Shakespeare work by comparison) is so beyond bad, it is laughable to those in the know.  The Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 mix is also more interested in explosions and fires than having a good sound field and mix.  Poor Harry Gregson-Williams had to score this mess and even Beethoven could not have saved it.  Trailers, deleted scenes, four very boring featurettes, two commentaries and other junk have been included as extras to legitimize this mess.


Not surprisingly, it bombed in theaters, then did better-than-expected home video business.  Still, Hollywood has not learned its lesson that films co-produced by the man who made the XFL possible are bound to be worthless and now that Vince McMahon as set up his own film production company, expect more disasters.  As for “The Rock” as a big star, it is never going to happen.  The following is not out there and all he can do is make for a good tax write-off.  Let’s see how many more bombs he’ll have to star in before Hollywood realizes this.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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