WWE Studios has a bad habit of continuing every franchise, regardless of whether the narratives match up or any of the original cast members are willing to return. They simply see the opportunity to latch on to any minor previous success in order to completely bleed it dry of profit. All of the straight-to-home-entertainment sequels from this studio have a recycled production line feel about them, making the product a shadow of the original product.
The one perk that the studio has found from using a fresh cast with the sequels is the opportunity it provides for more “professional” wrestlers in the WWE lineup. 12 Rounds 2: Reloaded is Randy Orton’s turn to step into the action hero role, with a terrorist-type storyline that is similar to the original 12 Rounds. Paramedic Nick Malloy (Orton) is pulled into the sick games of a psychopath (Brian Markinson) seeking revenge for an incident in the past, resulting in the title rounds. These rounds are not referring to the ammunition of a weapon, but instead reference the levels of the game that Malloy is forced to play in order to protect the one he loves.
A premise such as this provides an opportunity for endless creativity, especially since the film is not tied down by anything from the original movie. It would seem that they could have had a lot of fun with the action sequences, but much of this movie instead quietly plods along the expected routes, hardly even making proper use of the set-up. Even for a sloppy sequel, too much of the film’s action is completely forgettable.
The Blu-ray release includes a commentary track with director Roel Reiné and editor Radu Ion, along with a featurettes about Orton, the locations and the action in the film. The package also includes a DVD and digital copy of the film.
Entertainment Value: 4/10
Quality of Filmmaking: 3/10
Historical Significance: 1/10
Disc Features: 6/10
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