Verdict: 3 / 5
I personally suspect that anyone who spends any time with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson would find it impossible to hate him. He seems like just such a nice genuine guy that you could really talk to. His acting hasn’t always been great, but he also seems like he’s really trying to learn. With this film, for once, it’s an average film that has as its best facet Johnson’s acting, making it the only reason to see it. Which is as big a compliment for any actor as possible.
Generically named John Matthews (Johnson) is a family man whose son finds himself going to jail after getting implicated in a drug sting. Matthews instigates a fight to see what can be done to free his son, and gets involved with Agent Cooper (Pepper) who provides an opportunity for Matthews, involving the dangerous taking down of a drug ring in return for leniency on his son. Eventually this pits Matthews against a vicious drug lord played pretty well by Benjamin Bratt.
What is good about Johnsons performance is that, despite being an action star still, his genuine fears about his son and the reasons why he’s doing such things is explored well and acted well by Johnson. He seems like a desperate man willing to do anything, and this carries the movie far in terms of making it more relatable.
Like I said, the rest of the movie isn’t incredible, but this is an important link in Johnson being taken more and more seriously as an actor, and I hope we can appreciate that more in years to come.