Die Hard in a police station is a nifty idea but it is wasted on 12 Rounds 3: Lockdown, a by-the-numbers instalment of the WWE action-movie franchise designed as a showcase for the stable’s star wrestlers. Here, grappler Dean Ambrose plays the doggedly honest cop trapped in his own high-tech precinct after trying to expose a gang of corrupt officers.
The story follows the Die Hard playbook fairly closely, with the good and bad guys playing cat-and-mouse around the building, including its lifts, vents and rooftop. Yet there’s no way the lumpish, stubbornly uncharismatic Ambrose will ever be the next Bruce Willis.
Certificate 15. Runtime 86 mins. Director Stephen Reynolds
12 Rounds 3: Lockdown debuts on Sky Cinema Premiere on 28 March and is available on DVD from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
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