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Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson stars in this action thriller as a loving father who goes undercover for the DEA to try and spare his son a prison sentence. Horrified when his teenage son is caught up in a drug bust that may see him serve over ten years in prison, John Matthews (Johnson) is determined to find a way to help. When he learns that the only way to reduce his son's punishment is to procure information that will lead to the arrest of more serious drug offenders, Matthews enters league with a cold-hearted federal prosecutor (Susan Sarandon) and sets out to infiltrate the operations of a notorious local drug dealer (Michael K. Williams). However, when John's 'snitching' brings to light the crimes of a major player on the drugs scene (Benjamin Bratt), he may well find himself in a worse predicament than his son...

Starring:
Melina Kanakaredes, Nadine Velazquez
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 52 minutes
Starring Melina Kanakaredes, Nadine Velazquez, Barry Pepper, Susan Sarandon, Benjamin Bratt, Judd Lormand, Jon Bernthal, Dwayne Johnson, Harold Perrineau, Michael K. Williams
Director Ric Roman Waugh
Studio ENTERTAINMENT ONE
Rental release 28 October 2013
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 52 minutes
Starring Melina Kanakaredes, Nadine Velazquez, Barry Pepper, Susan Sarandon, Benjamin Bratt, Judd Lormand, Jon Bernthal, Dwayne Johnson, Harold Perrineau, Michael K. Williams
Director Ric Roman Waugh
Studio ENTERTAINMENT ONE
Rental release 28 October 2013
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: DVD
Just caught this on Netflix so I hadn't coughed up for the DVD on this one but it's fair to say I don't review every film I see on Netflix... The average ones tend to be forgotten extra-fast and the good ones are - rarish items these days with so much emphasis placed on guns, explosions and instant-gratification for the senses rather than giving a chance to appreciate good script, classy acting, great direction.

For me, this one was going to be a potboiler as all I wanted was a simple movie to pass an hour or two and not make demands of me as I've been really tired today. But I didn't get that - instead I found I'd chosen one that had presence despite its lead being known better for his physique than his shakespearean delivery.

But The Rock did a decent job given the material he was allowed. Daniel in the movie was utterly convincing although the drug dealers were maybe a bit too - just exactly how they're usually portrayed, as undereducated AfroAmericans, many of them heavy and very large indeed. And the Mexican dealer El Supremo was just as he should have been too.

Barry Pepper always turns in a good midrange performance and he does so here too, as does the lovely Susan Sarandon who seems to have decided that small/cameo parts are enough for her these days. A pity, as to me she's always been a very bankable presence onscreen. On this occasion she's the hardfaced "dragon lady" State Prosecutor with the power to free the hero's son after he's busted for a narcotics offence.

As better plots do, this one developed nicely - if perhaps a shade predictably. That latter point's a hard one to evade these days when we see so many movies in an average year. It means that if one's to impress it does have to give more than its stablemates do.
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Format: DVD
I have to say the Rock or Dwayne Johnson continues to impress me as an actor. I think he did a great job playing the tough Trucker, loving father (not above disciplining his son), and a man completely out of his depth in the world of drugs, guns, gangsters, and politics. I think he held his own acting alongside a veteran actress like Sigourney Weaver. That is the good part of the movie but the bad part is the movie it is very slow moving and not nearly enough action in the film for my liking. The main reason I did not think that this was too bad was because this not an action film. This is more of a drama.

The Rocks plays the owner of a trucking company whose estranged son gets busted/setup for drug possession and dealing. Refusing to play a snitch for the government on his own friends (like his best friend did to him). His dad makes deal with the up for re-election governor (Weaver), to catch a big enough fish for them to let his son go. Being clueless about the world he is entering he turns his new ex-con (but trying to go straight) employee. I would give the movie 3 1/2 stars but the acting took it to 4 stars for me. For people who would like to see the Rock is a more acting role watch this, those looking for an action movie this probably with not be the right movie for you.
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Format: DVD
Out of all that's been released in the last 6months this for me is the hidden gem.
This is about the lengths that parents will go to for their kids, even the average joe citizen.
I'm interested in finding out a bit more about it since it's based on actual events.
Dwayne Johnson shows again that he's more than just an action man and the casting of Barry Pepper as the lead DEA agent was a nice surprise.
Pepper is an immensely underrated actor who i'd love to see in more things.
Another good surprise was Susan Sarandon, playing a less than likeable character for a change.
I'll be getting the Dvd of this one for definite.
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Format: Blu-ray
Construction company owner John Matthews learns that his estranged son, Jason, has been arrested for drug trafficking. Facing an unjust prison sentence for a first time offender courtesy of mandatory minimum sentence laws, Jason has nothing to offer for leniency in good conscience. Desperately, John convinces the DEA and the opportunistic DA Joanne Keeghan to let him go undercover to help make arrests big enough to free his son in return. With the unwitting help of an ex-con employee, John enters the narcotics underworld where every move could be his last in an operation that will demand all his resources, wits and courage to survive.

Well directed, good solid acting beliveable and with a good supporting cast. The film moves at a deliberate pace wich gives it a real natural feel to it, the action scenes are good and not over the top like in some films.

This is a film both entertaining, informative and inspired by true events. Enjoy!
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Format: DVD
He mother may call him Dwayne but he'll always be The Rock to me. This film provides a bit of a departure for him, showcasing a bit more of his acting talent rather than just his butt kicking skills. One early scene showing Rocky taking a beat down from a group of drug dealers hammers home the point that he wont just be laying some smackdown to get out of this one. Instead we see a portrait of an anguished father as he goes to any lengths necessary in an attempt to save his misguided son from a life changing jail term.

The film itself never quite scales the heights that its based on real events narrative promises but it certainly is worth a watch to see The Rock adding a new string to his bow. Able support is also added by Susan Sarandon and The Walking Dead's Joe Bernthal amongst others.
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