Film “What is that? That’s like spinning Tarzan jujitsu?”
posted by July 18 at 15:00 PMon
I know that I totally maligned Hulu when it launched. I called it “the Internetís version of a hideous, six-story primary-colored condo with retail space on the ground floor.” Well, the egg’s on my face because you can watch The Rundown on Hulu for free anytime you want now.
I’d call The Rundown a guilty pleasure, but there’s nothing guilty about it. It’s one of my favorite movies of the last ten years. The Rock is hired muscle sent into the jungle to pick up that douchebag Sean William Scott, who, in the casting move of the century, plays a douchebag. Christopher Walken gets all up in their respective faces.
Don’t get me wrong; I was skeptical, too. And the movie shouldn’t be as good as it is, but it all works, somehow. These disparate elements all came together into one of the most enjoyable action movies I think I’ve ever seen.
I was camping with friends a few weeks ago, and we were all drinking up a storm and somebody started talking about what movie we’d pick if we could only choose one movie to watch for the rest of our lives. I picked To Have and Have Not, but one of my friends paused, and said “I know this sounds stupid, but I think that I’d pick The Rundown, because I could watch it forever.” And she was right. It is stupid, but it’s also the perfect choice. I’ve seen this movie like seven times now, because it’s perfect for everyone. It’s funny and dumb and clever, too.
And its working title was Welcome to the Jungle, which is clearly a better title for the movie. The fact that The Rundown is titled The Rundown is the only flaw that can be found in this movie. Seriously. Go watch it.