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Check your Oscar movie mentality at the door...And enjoy this movie what it is...A fast paced humor filled action movie...Grab some popcorn and enjoy...a soft 7/10...
Its a stretch to give this movie an 8, even in my self-imposed 'don't-rate-any-junky-less-than-7-movies', but it did some things that got my attention that a 7 movie wouldn't. The opening sequence is done really well. I just love watching one guy kicking a bunch of other guys' asses, and he was so nice and polite about it, trying to avoid hurting 'the team'. The supporting actors were all good or better. The Rock has talent and screen presence. Good effects. So its an 8. Its barely an 8 because the plot is mostly formula, there's no wild baboons in South America and Native South Americans don't have a unique indigenous highly developed martial arts style. So let's say its an 8-rated action movie because its fun to watch. You know the hero is indestructible and just like in 'WWF' will get up and dust himself off after being half-beaten to death or falling off a cliff.

The DVD has some good stuff on it. The crew had fun making the movie and there was a lot of joking around in the featurettes rather than a bunch of self-congratulations. The Rock has a double that could be his twin. Audio and video are adequate without being exceptional. The DVD is a 7.5/10.
I've been meaning to review this for a while, but I kept forgetting so... yeah. Anyhoo, The Rundown is just a roller coaster ride of fun and excitement, nothing more. The Rock truley redeems himself in this movie as for he was horible in The Scorpion King and Sean Willaim Scott does his funniest performance since the first American Pie, but the best actor in this film is none other than, Chris Walken. He played the role of the villian very well.It's plot though is a little meh, but still, that doesn't stop this movie from being as fun as hell. Overall, if you can avoid lack of plot, The Rundown will be one helluva ride. This movie gets a 8/10.
:fresh: The Rundown was a brutal movie. But brutal can be good. I loved the Rock in this film. The plot wasn't the best but also the movie has a completley different beggining and end. In the begginging its a whole different style. Its a club brawl. At the end its a jungle setting. I loved this movie and should be enjoyed by all.

This is one of the Rock's best film yet. With Seann William Scott doing his comedy performance. With Christopher Walken as the Villian, and a short cameo by the Governator.

Don't miss The Rock's next movie, Doom (2005). Also staring Karl Urban. Based on the hit video game. Coming to theater's in August 5th 2005.

And Spy Hunter (2005) Also staring The Rock. Directed by John Woo. Based on the hit Video Game. Coming to theater's in September 2005.

I Give The Rundown 10/10:fresh:

(PETER BERG, 2003)
I just heard the news about Johnny Carson. Wow. It's hard not to think that one of the last remaining avatars of class and intelligence in TV is gone. He was one of the all-time giants in TV comedy.:(

I was going to post about the "Space Ghost Coast To Coast, Season 2" DVD. That show was the beginning of what is known as the Adult Swim brand of animated humor. One online review of this set said that this show has lost someof its appeal over the years and been outpaced by the likes of "Sealab 2021" and "Aqua Teen Hunger Force". I don't think so. "Space Ghost" had a random sense of the surreal that none of the successive shows, good as they are, can match. I've seen some old episodes on Comcast On Demand and they were as insanely strange and funny as ever. However I also watched the first four episodes of this particular set last night and overall they weren't the best. One had a long riff on Hal the computer from "2001" that was a bit predictable and another had the enormous handicap of using Carrot Top as a guest star, but was partially salvaged by a long, nutso rant from a cow at the end.
Then there was the fourth episode, the reason I picked up this set, "Sharrock".
I fell in love with this show from the start because someone had the imagination and good taste to have Sonny Sharrock do the theme music. Sharrock was a guitarist who played on jazz records, but what he played wasn't your normal jazz guitar. It was a totallly crazed and tripped-out blend of slide guitar blues, New Thing noise, psychopathic soul and kamakaze string bending. He spent a lot of his recorded career working with musicians like Herbie Mann and Pharoah Sanders before doing his own brilliant over-the-top records and spent some time in a jazz-noise supergroup called Last Exit.
Sharrock died of a heart attack in 1994 and this particular episode of "Space Ghost" was a tribute to him. The jokes faded into the background as Sharrock's hell-raising improvisations with drummer Lance Carter took over for most of the show's 15 minutes, rocking out viciously at the end in what Space Ghost called "The Ghost Planet National Anthem". Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth showed up under an assumed name as the supposed guest and in one of the disc's extras, he performs his own feedbacked, overdriven salute to Sharrock. Somebody else may grumble at this diversion but Lord, I love this stuff. What Sharrock plays here is as nasty as any of his other recorded music and I have to admire the producers for having the humility to let music take over their comedy show this way.
Just saw The Rundown with The Rock. I must admit that he and Sean William Scott make a good team. I liked the movie, thought it had a lot of good action to it. Not too long. So why the 5? Well, I just wasn't that impressed. Didn't hate it, just didn't really have any feeling toward it. Doesn't mean it was bad though. Funny moments. Maybe its the head cold I have. Whatever....
The Rundown (2003) - "Oh shit, what was that? Monkeys!" - Seann William Scott.

The baton has been passed. In the opening scene of the film, the Rock, a "retrieval" expert, passes Arnold Schwarzenegger coming down the hall and out of the nightclub that contains Rock's target: a quarterback with a big gambling problem. As the Arnold passes the Rock, the former King of kick-ass movies nods and says, "Have fun." And so he does. And so did I.

I'm not going to kid you. I didn't spend much time trying to benchmark this film to some of the really fine stuff I've seen lately. I was done with my review the second the fight started in the nightclub. I put down my pen, grabbed my pillow, and started hooting and hollering. And that's pretty much the way it was until the movie came to an end. What a ride!
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