Summary: I don’t mind a little low-budget mindless fun. I at least want the cast and crew to look like they’re trying. I just get the sense that everyone’s phoning it in here. A huge disappointment from what I consider to be a pretty solid film in the original. The only connection is the 12-round game with no characters or references to the previous outing. There are also terrible glaring continuity issues in the movie.
Summary: 12 Rounds 2: Reloaded is so completely by the numbers that you’ll be able to sit there and pretty much spout off about where the movie is going to go before it even goes there. Orton is decent enough in the lead but isn’t given much to do in the way of actually acting. The locations are cool and the action scenes are alright, this is fine as mindless entertainment, just don’t expect much in the way of originality.
Excerpt: A man spends untold thousands setting up a dingy lair of LCD touchscreens to track down the EMS worker who failed to save his wife in 12 Rounds 2: Reloaded , a dopey direct-to-video action flick that exists because of its star. Now WWE’s second action franchise, behind the video spin-off The Marine , the follow-up drop mega-star John Cena for a less imposing, deadened Randy Orton whose lack of screen presence crushes the troubled narrative.
Conclusion: Engineered as a low-cost attempt to milk some additional money from a movie that wasn't very good to begin with, 12 Rounds 2: Reloaded is as lazy as sequels get. It's basically a rehash of the original, but with a lesser star, a lesser director, and minuscule budget. Pro-wrestling fans are the target audience here, but if that's you—and you enjoyed the first 12 Rounds —just be aware that Reloaded is fundamentally worse in every way.