’12 Rounds 3: Lockdown’ Review: Takes Twelve Rounds

Posted in The Screening Room by - April 16, 2016

Next in the cross hairs for the old John Lein Movie shredder is the sequel to a sequel of another WWE Studios film. This week I’ll be tearing apart the film 12 Rounds 3 released in 2015. 12 Rounds 3: Lockdown is the feature film debut of the wrestler known as Dean Ambrose. Ambrose has a ring personality that is, less than restrained, and I found myself hoping that he was a better actor than I gave him credit for.

The previous two 12 Round movies starred John Cena and Randy Orton, and focused on said wrestlers being forced to take part in twelve challenges at the behest of a psychopath who has someone they love. The third film in the series keeps the same name, but instead focuses on a cop, Ambrose, trying to turn in evidence against his dirty coworkers. Why they chose to give it the same name if it has none of the same characters and plot points is anyone’s guess. I’d assume they were hoping to ride whatever fan base the previous two films had garnered, though I would also assume that said fan base is the same as would watch any movie starring a WWE superstar. Instead the title of the feature comes from the the fact that Ambrose only has twelve rounds for his hand gun

As with every other WWE Studio production, the characters, plot, and dialogue are stale and pretty standard. Dirty cops, a detective living as an outcast because of his failures in the past, rookie cops blissfully unaware of the danger they’re in, etc, etc. Unlike the other films I’ve reviewed this month however, 12 Rounds 3 actually has a couple secondary actors that I recognize. One is Roger Cross, playing Burke. He’s a talented actor with over a hundred credits to his name. The other is Ty Olsson, who I recognize from his role as the vampire Benny in Supernatural. To compliment the professional chops of these two, both playing villains, the acting from Ambrose is about as good as any I’ve seen from a WWE superstar to date, which isn’t saying much, but the three of them working together makes for a mildly well performed film.

All things considered, 12 Rounds 3 manages to be a surprisingly good flick that ends up being surprisingly entertaining, despite the clichés, the plot by the numbers screenwriting, and a slightly overdrawn run time. It passes through the Lein shredder with only minor cuts and scrapes.

One last slice, WWE Studios still has no idea how grenades work.

Final Say: Watch It

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Born in Arizona, he currently resides in Denton, Texas. When he isn’t watching movies he’s playing board games and drinking whatever he can get his hands on. John watches Djimon Honsou movies because he likes Spawn, which had Michael Jai White.

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