"12 Rounds 2: Reloaded (2013/Blu-ray/20th Century Fox)" HM Review

 Nick Malloy portrays an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) who finds himself caught in a deadly 12-round game of cat and mouse with a vigilante tied to the paramedic's past. With little time to spare and his wife's life hanging in the balance, the EMT must figure out why he's been chosen to be the pawn in this maniac's game before it's too late.

Review: Let me ask you a question, have you seen the original 12 Rounds film? If so then I can tell you that you will be getting a whole lot of that film in this one. Now there are enough twists to make this sequel worth a watch if you like the original. Now if you did not like the original I say stay away from this one. Randy Orton basically plays a different character this time but is thrown into the twisted game "12 Rounds" in which he has to save his wife. If you don't know what that game is I suggest you go back and watch the first film before diving into this one. Now trust me when I say that if you do watch this one without seeing the original then you will not be missing out on a continuing storyline. 
This film does one major thing that I hate and that is taking the same actor from the first film that plays the lead and casting him as an entirely different lead role in the second film. Now I know it may be due to either the director who liked working with Randy Orton or it could of been his decent performance he had done prior. Either way it is one thing that I found bothering about this sequel. The other is that they felt the need for a sequel. It really did not need to have a sequel unless they would of somehow used the same lead character and some of the supporting cast like they did with something like "Taken".
Now getting to the acting I found most of the cast to be decent and Randy Orton does seem to be getting better as a film actor. He does deliver a performance that you would expect in a run of the mill modern direct to video action film. Really there is nothing really that great with this film and could be just be because of the reasons I stated in this review. I guess it was too hard to get past them using the same lead actor again. Overall this was a film that I don't think I can really recommend to anyone else than someone who absolutely loved the original and that would be over joyed to see a sequel. I give this film 3 out of 10.

-Daniel "Damnation" Lee

Director: Roel Reine
Genre: Action
Blu-ray Release Year: 2013
Home Video Release Year: 2013

Time Length: 95 mins.
Company: 20th Century Fox
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