After Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s initial break in Hollywood with the films like “The Scorpion King,” “Be Cool” and “The Rundown,” there’s been speculation among wrestling fans as to who will be the next WWE breakout Hollywood Star? Now, remember the first “12 Rounds” starring John Cena? While that may or may not be a trick question (due to the film’s very short stay in theaters), it was a fairly entertaining and mindlessly fun action film with an protagonist completing 12 rounds of challenges made by the antagonist. It, however, has not made John Cena a breakout Hollywood star, and the less said about the paint-by-numbers and SIMILARLY-PLOTTED ’12 Rounds 2: Reloaded’ starring Randy Orton, the better. If you were to ask me my opinion on the next WWE star that could make a decent case for himself in Hollywood, my money is on Dean Ambrose.
My reasoning stems from Ambrose being able to sell and emote in the ring with the best of today’s wrestlers, and his promo skills (from his choice of words to the context and the tone in his speech) are top-notch. In the action-thriller “12 Rounds 3: Lockdown,” Ambrose plays Detective Shaw, who returns to active duty after the death of his partner. When he uncovers evidence linking his fellow officers to a murder, they frame him for a homicide he didn’t commit. Trapped in his own precinct, Shaw will do whatever it takes to expose the dirty cops and clear his name. With twelve rounds in the clip (SEE THAT ’12 Rounds 2′; something DIFFERENT & CREATIVE) and one shot at redemption, Shaw aims to let nothing will stand in his way.
I am very much into this film, and if you want to check it out, “12 Rounds 3: Lockdown,” a joint venture from WWE Studios and Lionsgate, will be in theaters and on-demand September 11th.