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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:
Michael K. Williams, Melina Kanakaredes
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

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

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William Mason TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Dec. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Jason's an eighteen year old guy who does a favour for his best friend Craig, by accepting a delivery of prohibited drugs, Ecstacy tablets. He gets busted by the D.E.A. and is facing a mandatory minimum ten year prison sentence for his felony offence. Jason's clearly never heard the Grange Hill mantra "Just Say No". He gets denied bail pending Trial.
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson plays Jason's father, John, a forty-something divorced chap, who runs a successful construction business.
Jason's attorney tells him that if he acts as a snitch, and gives evidence against his friends who use or deal drugs, his minimum ten year sentence gets knocked down to two years. Jason obstinately refuses to rat out his mates, notwithstanding pressure from his mum and dad to assist the prosecuting attorney. Susan Sarandon plays the attorney.
John reaches an unusual arrangement with the state prosecutor, on the basis that he will act as a quasi-investigator and undercover agent, to help trace and reveal the drug barons whom his son won't disclose. The quid pro for this is that Jason will have a "Get Out Of Jail Free" card and be released. What follows then is a more lively second half of the movie, as The Rock does what he does best, and starts using his own very particular set of skills to get to grips with a drug warlord...
This is a slow-burner thriller, which unfolds its story at a very leisurely pace. The principal concept of a state prosecuting attorney calling upon a lay person, to infiltrate a dangerous and ruthless drugs gang, as the price for securing the immediate release of an accused felon, is quite hard to swallow. Susan Sarandon is a great actress but she's criminally wasted in a peripheral role in this movie, which is a great pity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 May 2013
Format: DVD
Jason (Rafi Gavron) has friends that do drugs. One of them sends him drugs through the mail, which he was half-heatedly opposed. Jason gets busted as did his friend who turned witness against Jason, claiming he was going to help sell the drugs. Jason is faced with a mandatory 10 year sentence, along with all the other innocent people in prison unless he snitches on everyone he ever smoked a doobie with.

Jason refuses and would rather get beat up in prison. Dad (Dwayne Johnson) however has a different idea. He cuts an unorthodox deal the federal prosecutor (Susan Sarandon) that would give Jason a get of of jail free card, if he delivered them a felony conviction. Dad employs the help of an ex-con (Jon Bernthal)in his construction firm to make the contact. As Dwayne gets deeper and further up the food chain, the federal prosecutor wants more.

Clearly Dwayne is in way over his head. We really don't feel the peril as much as we should because it is Dwayne Johnson who we have seen out run, out gun, and beat up armies of evil men.

The acting was decent, even from the support cast. The plot and dialouge needed some help. The film attempts to show that mandatory sentencing laws are unfair and judges should have more leeway in sentencing, but it doesn't inundate you with the theme so as to interfere with the film.

A good semi-family film for Rock fans. One you might want your teen to see. This is another story based on true events. This one is more believable as it doesn't include aliens, ghosts or zombies. The explode on contact cars are still hard to swallow.

Parental Guide: No sex or nudity. No spoken F-bombs. A brief F-bomb in graffiti background most people will miss.
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By Kilrymont on 3 Dec. 2014
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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