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Travis (Scott), the son of an underworld kingpin and self-proclaimed archaeologist, disappears in the Amazon in search of a priceless artifact. Beck (Rock), the kingpin's retrieval expert, has one last job before he can open his restaurant (bring Travis back home). Despite their hostility - and admiration for the same woman (Dawson) - the two must eventually join forces to fight the evil head (Walken) of a gold-mining corporation who is after the same treasure.

Dwayne Johnson, pro wrestling's baddest bad boy, shows us why his WWE days are in the rear view mirror, with the release of this Universal action-comedy. The movie begins with Beck (Dwayne Johnson) putting the smack down on a couple of wannabe thugs in a nightclub. Although the scene might seem simple it establishes the character traits for Beck. For one, you realize that Beck doesn't like guns and utilizes his quickness and brute strength. Secondly, he's all about giving the villains a choice the easy way or my way. Unfortunately this particular motif is overused in the movie and becomes played out near the end of the film. 

Seann William Scott (Travis) proves he's no pushover either by delivering another solid performance as Beck's obnoxious, full-of-himself target. The impressive thing about this movie is that there is good on-screen chemistry between Beck and Travis which really saves this movie from being a total waste of time. Unfortunately there is nothing special about the premise of this flick, nor are there any clever twists, explosive scenes, or sexual tension between the main characters and Rosario Dawson (Mariana). Therefore, even though there are many decent scenes and little sparks of humor along the way, nothing this movie does helps it stand out from a run-of-the-mill action movie. 

But the movie is entertaining at parts (scenes with monkeys and natives) and the on-screen chemistry gives the flick certain redeeming qualities. Throw in one part Indiana Jones and add another part Bad Boys and you have this movie in a nutshell. Unfortunately this movie never finds it's way out of the shell, but if you're looking for a no-brain-cells-necessary flick which will give you a couple of laughs then you've found a way to spend a hour and 44 minutes

See this movie if you're a fan of:

Seann William Scott (Actor, American Pie, American Wedding, Bulletproof Monk)

Dwayne Johnson (Actor, Scorpion King and The Rock in WWE)

Bad Boys 2 (2003)

Subpar archaeological thrillers (Tomb Raider: Cradle of Life, etc)

Rush Hour (1998)

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Box Office Info:

Dwayne Johnson (as Beck (as The Rock))
Seann William Scott (as Travis)
Christopher Walken (as Hatcher)
Rosario Dawson (as Mariana)

Directed By: Peter Berg
Written By: R.J. Stewart
Produced By: Universal Pictures

Release Date (US): September 26, 2003

Length of Movie: 1h 44min

MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for adventure violence and some crude dialogue.

Filming Locations: Hawaii, Los Angeles (CA)

Budget: $85,000,000

Opening Weekend: $18,500,000

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