12 Rounds

2009 UR 1h 48m Blu-ray / DVD

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12 Rounds

2009 UR 1h 48m Blu-ray / DVD
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Helmed by Renny Harlin, this tense actioner stars World Wrestling Entertainment grappler John Cena as Det. Danny Fisher, a New Orleans cop who must save his kidnapped fiancée, Molly Porter (Ashley Scott), from the clutches of notorious crime lord Miles Jackson (Aidan Gillen). A battle of wits and wills ensues as Fisher is forced to life race around the Big Easy completing 12 near-impossible tasks and solving puzzles dreamed up by Jackson.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.39:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.39:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: DTS 5.1 HD, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1
UR -
age 15+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 15+
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age 15+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this is a review of the theatrical release and not the DVD -- which comes with what's described as "two alternate endings and more action." The original release is packed with action, but it's more about the spectacle than it is about bloodshed. Not that you won't see some blood, but the tone is more enthusiastic and amped-up than sadistic or brutal. All of that said, expect plenty of on-screen deaths and tons of collateral property damage. There's also some discussion of terrorism, but the action is more personal than political. Language includes the usual suspects for PG-13 ("s--t," "bitch," "goddamn," etc.), and there's some drinking, smoking, kissing, and womanizing.

Sexual Content

Some kissing and saucy talk in the context of a committed relationship. One character is an unrepentant womanizer. On the "plus" side, while the film revolves around a woman's abduction, the threat is never placed in a sexual context, just a threat to life and limb.


Constant action-packed violence, but with more combat/activity than bloodshed. Fighting, shootings, stabbings, death by explosions, and more. A woman is struck by a car; the camera lingers on her dead body. People are killed in falls from great heights. A woman has an explosive vest strapped to her body. Property damage and car chases. Some discussion of terrorism.


Some tough language, including "s--t," "ass," "hell," "bitch," "son of a bitch," "pansy-ass," "a--hole," "prick," "goddamn," "oh my God," and more.

Social Behavior

The movie's overall message is that law and order are preferable to revenge and chaos, but that message comes with a great deal of violence.


Mentions of some branded games -- Mousetrap, Monopoly, Twister.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Smoking and drinking; many scenes are set in New Orleans' restaurant and nightclub district.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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