Directed by: Stephen Reynolds
: Nathan Brookes, Bobby Lee Darby
Starring by: Jonathan Good, Roger Cross, Daniel Cudmore
Genres: Action, Crime, Thriller
Lockdown Follows a police officer who returns to duty after recovering from a gun shot wound to discover incriminating evidence of illegal activities against those closest to him. He quickly finds himself trapped inside his own precinct, hunted and in search of the truth, as the crooked cops stop at nothing to recover the evidence.
Reviewed bydaisyescapeVote: 9/10
Great movie. Lots of action. Good Cop vs Bad Cop scenario. Kept you on the edge of your seat during the whole movie. Cheering for Shaw(Ambrose).
Even though this movie is a drama Ambrose puts his own touch of comedy into it making it his own.
Only drawback of the movie was that a great deal of it was filmed in the dark making it harder for you to tell everything that was going on at all times.
Would recommend this to friends and family. If you want to see a good movie with a good storyline in my opinion this is it.
If you follow Dean Ambrose on WWE don't miss this movie. He did a wonderful acting job for his first movie ever making me hope he will be in many movies to come.
Reviewed byGino CoxVote: 6/10/10
"12 Rounds 3: Lockdown" deserved a much better script. As a mindlessaction flick, it's not a bad way to spend ninety minutes. Productionvalues are adequate and there are some decent action sequences. Theunarmed combat scenes are much better than the gunfights. The somewhatgratuitous car scenes seem more like product placements than part ofthe script.
The script makes no sense at all. Why would a police department evenhave a lockdown mode that prevents fire doors from opening from theinside? Why would the villains think they could hunt down and murder anofficer when every corner of the building is monitored by securitycameras? The villains operate as if there is no forensic evidence ofanything, even the caliber of weapons.
The script tries to give Shaw (Ambrose) a backstory and inner conflictwith an incident that resulted in a partner's death and required anextended leave for psychiatric care. Several characters refer to theincident; however, there is never any resolution. We expect to find outthat either it wasn't really his fault due to circumstances he didn'tunderstand, as in "Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol" or to learnthat some character fault or error in judgment did result in the deathand that he can overcome a similar dilemma only if he has learned fromthe experience. But it is never developed and his experience doesn'tseem to infuse his actions. Shaw also has history with the villain, butneither seems to use any unique understanding of the other to anyadvantage.
"12 Rounds" and "12 Rounds 2: Reloaded" have been compared to "Die Hardwith a Vengeance," while "12 Rounds 3: Lockdown" has been compared tothe original "Die Hard." However, where the first two 12 Rounds filmshad clever scripts that compared favorably with the second Die Hard,the third pales compared to the original "Die Hard."
Long segments without dialogue require actors of the caliber of BruceWillis ("Die Hard"), Robert Redford ("All is Lost") and Tom Hanks("Castaway"). Dean Ambrose can be effective when given the material. Anearly scene at a stoplight is effective without dialogue.Unfortunately, he's not given much to work with.
Shaw frequently ejects his magazine to count the number of bulletsremaining, but never adds in one for the bullet in the chamber. Thevillains are able to get into the armory and equip themselves withassault rifles and bulletproof vests, but Shaw can't manage to pick upone of the weapons dropped during a fight.
There is no character development and no moral. Shaw has inner demons,but seems to ignore them. He is wounded, but ignores the wounds. He hasan opportunity to team up with another cop, but doesn't.
The script is a largely predictable mishmash of familiar tropes. Thelevel of gunplay is over the top. There is no way the villains couldhope to argue that their use of force was justified by thecircumstances or that the top brass would allow them to continueshooting up the department with wild abandon. And yet, the tone is veryserious and down to earth, unlike such films as "Shoot 'Em Up" or"Smokin' Aces," which have a comic book sense of reality.
While the film never really engages the viewer, neither does it bore.While the plot seems ridiculous and implausible, if one can disengageones mental faculties, it offers some entertaining action sequences.
Reviewed byMark Turner ([email protected])Vote: 6/10/10
It seems that World Wrestling Entertainment is determined to get intoall forms of entertainment, not just sports entertainment. Not onlyhave wrestlers had their own comic books but a number have been placedin starring film vehicles. Some were good, some okay and some terrible.Fortunately the third of the 12 ROUNDS films isn't too bad.
Wrestler Dean Ambrose stars as John Shaw, a tough as nails cop recentlyreturned to duty after being shot on the job. Few fellow officers wantto work with Shaw as the incident that led to his being wounded alsoresulted in the death of his partner and Shaw needing psychiatriccounseling. Needless to say his first day back on the job won't beeasy.
It becomes worse when evidence reaches Shaw that his ex-partner and thestar officer in the station, Tyler Burke, is actually a corrupt cop whomakes more from his illegal activities than he does as an officer.Burke is the head of a task force assigned to take down crooks butinstead the elite team makes up his band of bandits. Drug deals andmore do little more than line the pockets of Burke and his crew.
Word gets to Burke that the evidence is in the station house and heheads back to get it from the evidence lockup only to find that Shawhas it already. Staging an emergency, Burke empties the station housewith the exception of his team and Shaw, cutting off all phones andcell phones as well. Armed with his handgun, a small amount ofammunition and his cunning, Shaw must battle his way through the teamand find a way to get the information to the right authorities if he isto survive.
The movie borrows heavily from the DIE HARD films in set up andexecution but not to the point of being a copy. It also doesn't borrowthe screenwriter as this film tends to offer some truly bad dialoguethat the actors on hand deal with but can't make better. It's shot welland directed well for the low budget style of film it is and in the enddoesn't disappoint on most counts.
Ambrose is a rising star right now in the wrestling world but the oddsof his turning that into a movie star aren't likely with this film.I'll give him credit for at least making the attempt but this feelslike what it is, the first film for someone stepping into an arena heisn't familiar with yet. That being said the end results aren't thatbad for a first time out. Given time, more roles and a littleinstruction and Ambrose has the potential many sports figures turnedactors don't display.
The standout here though is Roger Cross as Burke. My first exposure toCross was on the TV series 24 where he played Curtis Manning. Evengiven some terrible dialogue in spots here he makes it fit. He pullsoff what could have been a more cartoon-like role and makes it somewhatbelievable. This is an actor worth looking for in the future.
The end result of this film is that it offers some entertainment valuefor action fans and a definite dose of Ambrose for wrestling fans. It'snot a bad movie at all but it's not blockbuster status either. It makesfor a fun rental night but only fans will want to add it to theircollections.