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"The Rundown" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Tyler Stripko

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Synopsis


Beck (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) is a repo-man with dreams of opening his own restaurant. The only problem is that he doesn't have enough cash for the startup. To solve the cash flow problem, Beck takes one final job from his boss Walker. The job: retrieve Walker's son Travis (Seann William Scott) from a South American mining town and bring him back to the US. Upon arriving in "Helldorado," Beck finds the town under the harsh and oppressive rule of Hatcher (Christopher Walken). However, Travis holds the key to a long-lost relic that could free the people of Helldorado from their virtual slavery. Together with the help of the town barmaid Mariana (Rosario Dawson), Beck and Travis embark on a journey through the jungle to find the sacred artifact and restore freedom to the people.

 

Specifications

  • Universal Pictures
  • 2003, Color, Rated PG-13, 1 Hr 45 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Seann William Scott, Christopher Walken, Rosario Dawson
  • Directed by Peter Berg
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  • Violence: Strong
  • Sex: None
  • Language: Moderate

Commentary

After the stresses of everyday life, I always enjoy sitting down and watching a movie that just entertains me. No complex or convoluted plot, no deep earth-shattering revelations, just pure simple fun. "The Rundown" is that type of movie. The Rock, Seann William Scott, and Christopher Walken all played their roles very well, with each actor injecting their own style of humor into the film. I love seeing Walken play the villain, and the role of Hatcher suited him well. There was plenty of action throughout the film and the pacing remains quick and focused. The plot may not be very deep, but it keeps the story entertaining. The rain forest settings were beautiful, and there were some fantastic aerial shots of the "Amazon" jungle (in reality, Hawaii).

Technical

Considering that this was only a single-layer BD-25 disc, picture quality was very good. There was a fair amount of film grain, but the picture was still very sharp and fine details were easily visible. Colors were vibrant, but I felt that the greens in the jungle scenes were slightly oversaturated and crossed into the "nuclear" range. While not natural, it certainly gave the jungle scenes some added "pop." The 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack was also well done, with great bass and plenty of action in the surround channels. Dialogue was very clear and easy to understand. The final action scene was a blast, and will give your audio system a great workout.

Extras

Extras are a mix of SD and HD (mostly SD) and include: feature commentaries, deleted scenes, "Rumble in the Jungle," "The Amazon, Hawaii Style," "Appetite for Destruction," "The Rundown Uncensored," "Running Down the Town," and "Walken's World."