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The Rundown (2003)



Critic Consensus: The Rundown doesn't break any new ground, but it's a smart, funny buddy action picture with terrific comic chemistry between Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Seann William Scott.

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Beck (The Rock) is a "retrieval specialist" in hock to a powerful and not particularly nice gentleman named Walker (William Lucking). Beck is anxious to retire from his dangerous work and open a small restaurant. Walker tells Beck he'll be free and clear with enough cash to fulfill his dream if he does one more job. He sends Beck into the Brazilian rainforest to bring back his wayward son, Travis (Seann William Scott). Travis is down there looking for a legendary idol, El Gato Diablo, which he could sell for millions if he found it. A pretty local, Mariana (Rosario Dawson), offers Travis the use of her boat in exchange for a cut of the take on the statue. But the powerful Hatcher (Christopher Walken) owns the area's huge mine, where locals work for slave wages, and feels that anything found in the area is his property. He refuses to let Beck take Travis back to the U.S. until the statue is in his hands. Using his estimable fighting prowess (he doesn't like guns), Beck manages to get Travis out of town, but Travis doesn't want to go home, and he ends up getting them stranded in the jungle, where they're confronted with horny monkeys and angry guerrillas. To make matters worse, Hatcher and his thugs are hot on their trail, and Mariana turns out to have her own motives for getting involved. The Rundown, the second film directed by actor Peter Berg (Very Bad Things), features a brief, uncredited cameo by Arnold Schwarzenegger. ~ Josh Ralske, Rovi

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Jon Gries
as Harvey
Toby Holguin
as Head Indian Tracker
Paul Power
as Martin
Stephen Bishop
as Knappmiller
Chuck Norman
as Mullaire
John Duff
as Coggeshall
Jeff Chase
as Kambui
Todd Stashwick
as Quadrant Manager
Tony Lima
as Whipped Miner
James K. Miranda
as Supply Unimog Passenger
Ron Cummings
as Quadrant Captain
Bruno Serrano
as Kontiki Rebel
Filipe Teixeira
as Kontiki Rebel
Alberto Teixeira
as Kontiki Rebel
Adriano Paulo
as Kontiki Rebel
Reginaldo Santana
as Kontiki Rebel
Mary Joy
as Professor
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All Critics (153) | Top Critics (37)

The Rock and Seann William Scott work up some nice comic chemistry, but it's the dependably warped Walken who steals the most scenes. The frenetically edited fight sequences will satisfy the blood lust of the target audience.

March 12, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

A tolerable alternative when everything else playing at the mall is sold out on Saturday night.

September 28, 2003

The Rundown, like many recent action movies, is aggressively adolescent.

September 27, 2003 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The Rock ... has a special quality.

September 26, 2003

Will probably make a star of the Rock.

September 26, 2003

If Arnold Schwarzenegger had made a movie this tepid in his Commando/Terminator heyday, burned fans would be suggesting that he pursue some tenure as a Fresno alderman.

September 26, 2003 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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I only liked the action scenes.

Dead Angel
Dead Angel

Super Reviewer


By the numbers jungle actioner with some cool stunt sequences - and Christopher Walken oppressing the natives! - but missing the essential wet tee shirt teaser that is one of the hallmarks of this genre.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


It's so nice when you can still have movies like this come out. This is such a well rounded story with great characters, beautiful cinematography and a little bit of comedy thrown in. The Rock shows again how awesome a human being he is with his physical force and cooking skills, not to mention a great sense of humor. Seann William Scott plays really well off of him and they make for such a great team. This also manages to be a great action/adventure movie without being over the top or too crude for some people, it's truly one of the most accessible movies of its kind.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

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