Release year: 2003
Director: Peter Berg
Screenwriter: R.J. Stewart, James Vanderbilt
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Sean William Scott, Rosario Dawson, Christopher Walken, Ewen Bremmer, Jon Gries, William Lucking
Tough bounty hunter Beck (Dwayne Johnson) takes on the last job he needs to have enough money to fulfill his dream of opening his own restaurant. The job is simple: bring home his boss’s son Travis (Sean William Scott). But Travis is in the Amazons and on the hunt for a legendary treasure and soon Beck is involved in the hunt and the fight of who should posses it.
Berg’s (Collateral, 2004) action-packed adventure doesn’t break any new grounds but it posses a great amount of charm and with the great chemistry between Johnson (Fast & Furious 5, 2011) and Scott (Role Models, 2008) makes this a well-functioning buddy movie. This was the very beginning of Johnson’s acting career, only his second feature film role, and fresh out of the CGI hell that was his role in The Mummy Returns (2001) where he played the Scorpion King, Johnson already here shows proof of his charm and acting abilities. While he may not have been one to grab all the awards, he does well, especially when it comes to action. Scott, mostly known for teen comedies, also surprises as the mobster son, though still with the annoying streak he does so well, and together the two charm their way through the movie in a way that makes them outshine even the gorgeous Dawson (Sin City, 2005). It speaks for it self that Walken (The Deer Hunter, 1978) is good as the baddie, making playing mean look like a walk in the park, and if you haven’t seen this entertaining action comedy it can only be recommended.
The film’s original title was “Helldorado”. It was then changed to “Welcome to the Jungle” before being changed again to “The Rundown”, although it was released in several countries as “Welcome to the Jungle”.
Picture copyrights: Sony Pictures