The Rundown

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The Rundown
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Peter Berg
Screenplay by
Story byR.J. Stewart
Produced by
Cinematography Tobias A. Schliessler
Edited by Richard Pearson
Music by Harry Gregson-Williams
Distributed by
Release date
  • September 26, 2003 (2003-09-26)
Running time
104 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$85 million [3]
Box office$80.9 million [3]

The Rundown (known internationally as Welcome to the Jungle) is a 2003 American buddy action comedy film directed by Peter Berg and written by James Vanderbilt and R.J. Stewart. It stars Dwayne Johnson (credited as The Rock), Seann William Scott, Christopher Walken, Rosario Dawson and William Lucking. In the film, Johnson plays a bounty hunter who travels to Brazil to retrieve his employer's son (Scott). The film was released by Universal Pictures in North America and Japan and by Columbia TriStar Film Distributors International under the Columbia Pictures label internationally on September 26, 2003 and made $80.9 million on an $85 million budget.



Beck is a "retrieval expert", a bounty hunter who collects debts for Billy Walker. He is sent to a nightclub to retrieve a championship ring from a football player, and after doing so is assaulted by one of Walker's other collectors. Angry, he confronts Walker and tells him that he wants out of the business.

Walker talks Beck into one last bounty – retrieve Walker's son Travis from a small mining town in Brazil and he will give him enough money to open his own restaurant. He accepts and leaves for Brazil.

When he arrives in the town of El Dorado, Beck meets with the man running the mining operation, Cornelius Hatcher. Hatcher gives him his blessing to grab Travis, but reneges after he finds out Travis has discovered the missing golden artifact "O Gato do Diabo” (The Devil's Cat). Hatcher and his men confront Beck in the local bar, but he manages to leave with Travis.

On the way back to the airfield, Travis forces their Jeep off the road and into the jungle. He attempts to escape but is re-captured by Beck. After an unfortunate encounter with some local monkeys, the two find themselves in the camp of the local resistance movement.

At the resistance camp, Travis convinces the rebels that Beck works for Hatcher and was sent to kill them all. After a prolonged fight, Beck gains the upper hand before the rebel leader Mariana intervenes. She wants the Gato so it can be used to ensure the locals can free themselves from Hatcher. Hatcher and his men suddenly attack the camp, killing many rebels.

Beck, Travis, and Mariana escape the camp and Beck makes Mariana a deal – she helps him get Travis to the airfield in exchange for the Gato. After some searching, Travis leads them to a cave behind a waterfall where the Gato is located. They retrieve it and begin the journey back.

On the way back, Mariana chastises Travis for wanting to sell the artifact, but he argues that he actually did want to give it to a museum. She gives them a toxic fruit that temporarily paralyzes them. She tells Beck which direction the airfield is, and leaves them with a fire to keep the animals away.

After waking up able to move, Beck hauls Travis to the airfield. The local pilot, Declan, tells Beck that Mariana was captured earlier by Hatcher and will probably be killed. Travis pleads with Beck to help, and the two head into town to rescue her.

Using a cow stampede for cover, they begin their assault on Hatcher's goons. Travis becomes trapped by gunfire in a bus, and Beck saves him before it explodes. Hatcher tells his brother to take Mariana and the Gato and flee, but they are stopped by Travis.

Hatcher confronts Beck, who offers him the chance to leave town, which Hatcher initially refuses. After he is shot by the townspeople, Hatcher agrees to leave town, but eventually dies from his gunshot wounds. Travis gives the Gato to Mariana before leaving with Beck, who tells him that despite all they've been through he must still return him to the United States.

Back in Los Angeles, Travis is delivered to his father who begins to verbally and physically abuse him. Beck asks to celebrate with them and gives Walker and his men the same fruit Mariana used on him. As they are paralyzed, Beck uncuffs Travis and the duo leave together.



The movie was originally called Helldorado. It was offered to Peter Berg, who had made one film, Very Bad Things. Looking for inspiration on how to do it, Berg bought a DVD titled "The Fifty Best Fights Ever Filmed". At first he says watching it made him depressed. "I just thought, 'Good God, it's all been done and it's all been done so well, probably with more money than I'm going to have," Berg said. "What am I going to do?" Then he saw the fight between Roddy Piper and Keith David in They Live . "It just hurt watching it," Berg says. "It was a completely different style from all these sexy and sleek movies. And thinking about it, I couldn't remember the last time in a movie fight where I felt the pain, where if you got hit in the face, it hurt. So that's where I found my breathing room: Let's give people old-school guys slugging it out with big punches." [4]

Producer Kevin Misher called the film "Indiana Jones and the Lost Ark" meets "Romancing the Stone" with a little bit of "Midnight Run". [5]

Johnson was paid $12.5 million for the film. "This movie could have been a dark, vicious action thriller," said Berg. "But the fact that it's playful and funny is a tribute to The Rock. He's a charming, charismatic and very smart man." [6]

Berg and producer Kevin Misher were held up by armed robbers in Brazil in June 2002 while scouting locations. [7] This meant they decided to film in Hawaii instead. Shooting began September 2002. "We just basically made up as we went along," said Scott. [4]

One scene on Oahu involved Johnson and Scott falling down the side of a mountain. "The goal was to put the biggest fall down a hill in a movie that people have ever seen," said Berg. "The big inspiration was the old 'Wide World of Sports' - 'and the agony of defeat' - and wondering what would have happened if that poor bastard on the ski slope had had a few more stages to go," it became a question of finding the stuntmen." Johnson's regular stuntman refused to do the stunt, so they hired "a guy who has a reputation for just doing anything," said Berg. The new stuntman was knocked out the first time. [4]

Arnold Schwarzenegger made a cameo in the film. He visited Universal Studios during the shoot and was having lunch with the Rock. Berg asked if he would like to appear in the film, and Schwarzenegger agreed if they could do it then. "Within 15 minutes, we were on the set," said Berg. [8] This is the last time Schwarzenegger has appeared in a film distributed by Universal Pictures.


Box office

Despite the positive reviews, The Rundown was a significant box office failure, grossing just under $81 million worldwide compared to its $85 million budget, [3] which makes a sequel not entirely likely. Director Peter Berg has expressed interest in making a sequel to the film but notes that "no one can ever get motivated and focused enough to do it." [9]

Critical response

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 69% based on 153 reviews, with an average rating of 6.3/10. The website's critical consensus states, "The Rundown doesn't break any new ground, but it's a smart, funny buddy action picture with terrific comic chemistry between Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and Seann William Scott." [10] At Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 59 out of 100 based on 36 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". [11]

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film 312 stars out of 4, saying "The jungle locations give the film a texture and beauty that underlines the out-sized characters." [12]

Possible sequel

In December 2009, Berg acknowledged that discussions for a sequel had begun shortly after the film's release and were ongoing. The filmmaker cited scheduling conflicts as the reason why the project hadn't been green-lit yet. [13] By November 2010, Dwayne Johnson corroborated this; stating that he and Berg are always discussing options for a second film. Johnson stated that the pair are also in negotiations with Universal Pictures, and that if a good enough story is written the film will be made. [14]

In December 2013, Berg announced that he was officially developing a second Rundown film. The filmmaker confirmed that Dwayne Johnson also was invested in a sequel, while stating that Scott would not return in his co-starring role. A number of unnamed screenwriters were hired for the project, by the filmmaker. [15] [16] [17] By September 2016, Berg stated that the script for the sequel had been written with Kevin Hart in mind as the co-star, while also stating that he would also consider making the film with Jonah Hill alternatively in the supporting role. Johnson publicly confirmed his involvement with the project, while proposing HellDorado - which was the working title of the first movie - as a possible title for the sequel. The pair asked fans to campaign for Hill to sign on as co-star. [18] [19] [20] [21] In August 2018, the Berg revealed that the current draft of the script included a story that took place in Alaska with a comedic scene involving walruses, similar to the scene with baboons from the first movie. Acknowledging Johnson's disinterest in the ice-covered state, the filmmaker stated that a new draft is being written with a less frigid location being considered for the plot. [22]

In September 2020, Berg stated that development for a sequel is ongoing, while citing Johnson's busy production schedule as one of the reasons the film hasn't been made yet. The filmmaker also stated that they are currently "rethink[ing] the script". [23] [24]

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