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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

3.8 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. G. A. Alavi on 30 Oct 2014
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By chelios1981 on 17 Jun 2013
Format: Blu-ray
A good film, but it seems, a little muddled as to if it wants to be a serious thriller, preachy drama or all out action movie, thus not surprisingly it becomes a mix up of all three.

Honest but tough father Dwayne Johnson goes undercover to transport drugs in a deal to get his son out of prison, after the son gets caught up in the drug market by peer pressure.

What you get is a mix of action, drama and thriller that whilst has noble intentions in it's moral stance on the war against drugs, but does still need to appeal to the mass audience, and so the filmmakers throw in some wild car/truck chases and explosions to cater for Dwayne 'the rock' Johnsons fan base.

That said, all performances are excellent, with a good supporting cast and this film proves that Johnson, like in his earlier effort Gridiron gang can do serious films, with a believable range of emotions.

The movie is stylishly filmed and very much worth a watch, but slightly mixed and underwhelming.
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By laurenn21 on 1 April 2014
Format: DVD
The trailer shows ALL the good bits. It is a very boring film no surprises no oh my god i didnt expect that! Its very predictable and rubbish surprised as the cast sounds hopefull.
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