6.7/10
97,173
263 user 156 critic

The Rundown (2003)

Trailer
2:29 | Trailer
A tough aspiring chef is hired to bring home a mobster's son from the Amazon but becomes involved in the fight against an oppressive town operator and the search for a legendary treasure.

Director:

Peter Berg

Writers:

R.J. Stewart (story), R.J. Stewart (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
Popularity
3,118 ( 985)
2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Walking Tall (2004)
Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A former U.S. soldier returns to his hometown to find it overrun by crime and corruption, which prompts him to clean house.

Director: Kevin Bray
Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Ashley Scott, Johnny Knoxville
Faster (2010)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

An ex-con gets on a series of apparently unrelated killings. He gets tracked by a veteran cop with secrets of his own and an egocentric hit man.

Director: George Tillman Jr.
Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Billy Bob Thornton, Maggie Grace
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A desert warrior rises up against the evil army that is destroying his homeland. He captures the enemy's key sorcerer, takes her deep into the desert and prepares for a final showdown.

Director: Chuck Russell
Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Steven Brand, Michael Clarke Duncan
Snitch I (2013)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A father goes undercover for the DEA in order to free his son, who was imprisoned after being set up in a drug deal.

Director: Ric Roman Waugh
Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Susan Sarandon, Jon Bernthal
Pain & Gain (2013)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A trio of bodybuilders in Florida get caught up in an extortion ring and a kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong.

Director: Michael Bay
Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie
Gridiron Gang (2006)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Teenagers at a juvenile detention center, under the leadership of their counselor, gain self-esteem by playing football together.

Director: Phil Joanou
Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Xzibit, L. Scott Caldwell
Be Cool (2005)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Disenchanted with the movie industry, Chili Palmer tries the music industry, meeting and romancing a widow of a music executive on the way.

Director: F. Gary Gray
Stars: John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Dwayne Johnson
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The mummified body of Imhotep is shipped to a museum in London, where he once again wakes and begins his campaign of rage and terror.

Director: Stephen Sommers
Stars: Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

The G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra; they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence.

Director: Jon M. Chu
Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Channing Tatum, Adrianne Palicki
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

After his family is killed by a terrorist act, a firefighter goes in search of the one responsible.

Director: Andrew Davis
Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Leguizamo, Francesca Neri
Doom (2005)
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Space Marines are sent to investigate strange events at a research facility on Mars but find themselves at the mercy of genetically enhanced killing machines.

Director: Andrzej Bartkowiak
Stars: Karl Urban, Rosamund Pike, Dwayne Johnson
San Andreas (2015)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

In the aftermath of a massive earthquake in California, a rescue-chopper pilot makes a dangerous journey with his ex-wife across the state in order to rescue his daughter.

Director: Brad Peyton
Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dwayne Johnson ... Beck (as The Rock)
Seann William Scott ... Travis
Rosario Dawson ... Mariana
Christopher Walken ... Hatcher
Ewen Bremner ... Declan
Jon Gries ... Harvey
William Lucking ... Walker
Ernie Reyes Jr. ... Manito
Stuart F. Wilson ... Swenson
Dennis Keiffer ... Naylor
Garrett Warren ... Henshaw
Toby Holguin ... Head Indian Tracker
Paul S. Power Paul S. Power ... Martin (as Paul Power)
Stephen Bishop ... Knappmiller
Chuck Norman Chuck Norman ... Mullaire
Edit

Storyline

The Rock as a bounty hunter who attempts to square a debt by heading to the Amazon jungle to capture someone. The bounty hunter discovers that his quarry isn't the bad guy he'd been warned about, and the two team up in pursuit of riches stored in a mine in the Amazon. Written by Me

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Welcome to Rock-Solid Entertainment! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for adventure violence and some crude dialogue | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Universal

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Portuguese

Release Date:

26 September 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Welcome to the Jungle See more »

Filming Locations:

Kaua'i, Hawaii, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,553,765, 28 September 2003

Gross USA:

$47,726,342

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$80,981,914
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Hatcher's tooth-fairy speech was a substitution for him comparing the situation to Pooh stuck in the door to Rabbit's house from The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977) after Disney threatened to sue over it. See more »

Goofs

When Declan is driving Beck into El Dorado, they stop for a truck full of rebels and Declan explains who they are. In a close-up of Declan, his mouth is moving but he's saying something completely different from what we hear. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Emeril Lagasse (on radio): I just love mushrooms. One of my favorites, or as I call it, "the king of mushrooms," is the porcini. Now stop right there. Don't be alarmed. There's a lot of confusion in this country between porcini, the Italian name, and cèpes, which is the French name. They're fat and they're earthy. Now the porcini is most often seen dried here in this country. And they would always be labeled "dried porcinis," not "dried cèpes." OK? They are very, very, very flavorful.
See more »

Crazy Credits

In the U.S. version, the only opening credit (after the Universal and Columbia logos) is "The Rundown" - and that appears eight minutes into the film. All other credits (actors, director, producers, writers, et al.) appear at the end of the film. See more »

Alternate Versions

UK Version was cut for violence (2 minutes, ie. head-butt in the bar scene) to secure a 12A rating. DVD/VHS version is uncut with a 15 rating, however the Blu-ray features the cut version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in T2 Trainspotting (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Changes
Written by Scott A. Thomas
Performed by Ringside
Courtesy of Leavingreen Music
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

**** out of 5
6 October 2003 | by casey_choas66See all my reviews

After seeing The Rundown some odd sensation in me suggested that if director Peter Berg had been more interested in surveying his characters in his ultra-stinker debut, Very Bad Things that he could have had a masterpiece on his hands. With that assumption stated it is hard to believe that The Rundown is one of those rare films that physically pits its heroes above their action. Allowing a story to build around natural causes instead of setting up backdrops in order to initiate planned action sequences.

Existing somewhere between a big, dumb summer popcorn flick and a sincere alternative, staring into the eye of adventure, this is a film that is entertaining on almost all levels. We are given assurance to this early on in the film from none other than Arnold Schwarzennger when he tells star, the Rock to `have fun' while walking down the hall of a nightclub. Having had such a mighty torch passed to him so early on it would be a dishonour to expect anything less than off the wall amusement from the Rock. He in turn gives a performance in Beck that is so crisp and fresh that we believe he has the potential of a hero. Beck works for the bad guys, taking jobs that no man without a purpose would ever question. But the Rundown is a good movie, and a good movie knows enough that its characters need dimension. Thus Beck is a man who does have a purpose. He is aspiring to open his own restaurant. But in order to get the money to achieve his goal he takes one last job. The job finds himself traveling to Brazil to a small town called El Dorado in order find his bosses son Travis (Sean William Scott of American Pie) and bring him home, not an easy task as the duo quickly develop a strong love/hate relationship.

Along the journey we find another layered characteristic about Beck in that doesn't like guns. `You're the only American I know who doesn't like guns,' says an onlooker. But he doesn't like them because `bad things happen when I use guns.' And from watching Beck in hand-to-hand combat it is not hard to image what life would be like with a gun at his disposal.

What follows in the jungle is an action flick that I've already seen, in Gunmen and Indiana Jones. But Gunmen was a joke that no one seemed to be in on or, maybe it didn't realize it had one, but the Rundown does. Making it a lot easier to have a sense of humour about something that sees caricature in itself. We then encounter a villainous mine owner named Hatcher in Christopher Walken who says all the things that we tend to wonder when unbelievable circumstances are questioned in a serious film. Walken, an actor so aware of himself and his purpose that he seems to make even the most senseless dialogue meaningful, is given the films single best line. When asked by one of his henchmen if he thinks Beck and Travis are dead after driving off a cliff, Hatcher replies, `what am I, psychic.' He later outdoes himself and his character again when, after a stampede erupts in the middle of a town he utters impressively, `that's a lot of cows,' while watching a video monitor.

But Walken isn't the only key player with something unique to show. Rosario Dawson gives the most curios and understanding action performance from a female since Linda Hamilton stared in the Terminator, and the Rock proves that, although his acting range may be limited, that is no excuse for one dimensional character association. Scott also shows that his smart-alecky nature is not just reserved to the American Pie movies.

Then, in a near change of pace, somewhere around the halfway mark the Rundown changes from a mission of retrieval to a hunt for lost gold, and manifests other sub plots involving loyalty and a running joke about sexually active monkeys. Under the conditioning of a movie with the soul intent of an action basis this could have been a problem, but because the core of Berg's focus lies in the chemically imbalanced structure of his characters, we tend not to make a point of it. The motivations in Berg's direction come in his desire to avoid playing with ideas of violent behaviour. Analyzing his characters and explaining what prompts their involvement in violent circumstances. Making the obligatory action climax seem like more of a reward for good behaviour rather than a set-up for no better reason than to follow standards.

The an example of this happens in one of the best scenes from an action film I have seen all year, in which Beck is tempted into using a gun. In a genre that lives by the motto of `shoot first, ask questions later.' The idea of what would convince a man of honour to go against himself for the benefit of his temperament is equally as fascinating as it is exciting in its conclusions. The films cinematographer Tobias A. Schliessler, also disserves great credit for his masterfully filmed action sequences, that at times may also seem like too much, but when this degree of care and technique is put into something, its a strong tendency not to be bothered with such small criticism. As a result, making for some of the most poetic and electrifying action sequences since Daredevil. Although the Rundown may not be a perfect film, overlooking problems in pacing and the neglect of some under developed ideas, it is still one of the most enjoyable times I've had at the movies this year. Making me believe that what the Rock is cooking smells like nothing less than a great career as an action star.


31 of 41 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 263 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed