Dwayne Johnson … ACTOR! He has dropped his alias, “The Rock,” from his screen name and now stars in a movie where he doesn’t even fire a machine gun or show off his glorious tattoos. Johnson plays the father of a young man who gets into trouble after a friend mails him a whole lot of drugs. Unless the son turns in somebody for distributing drugs and “snitches,” he will face a long jail sentence. Johnson’s character decides to take matters into his own hands, find some drug dealers, and turn them in so his misunderstood son can walk free. This one was a lot better than I was expecting because Johnson really steps up and makes the whole thing work. It’s predictable yet well paced, a good-looking and well-acted action thriller. Johnson will be coming to a theater near you firing many guns and showing off his ink in the near future (quite often in 2013). For now, it’s kind of cool to see him do something a little different, and doing it effectively.
Director: Ric Waugh
Producer: Nigel Sinclair, Matt Jackson, Jonathan King, Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, Alex Brunner, Tobin Armbrust, Jeff Skoll, Guy East, Becki Trujillo, David Fanning and Justin Haythe
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Barry Pepper, Jon Bernthal, Michael Williams, Melina Kanakaredes, Nadine Velazquez, Rafi Gavron, David Harbour, Benjamin Bratt, Susan Sarandon, Lela Loren, J.D. Pardo, Harold Perrineau, Kyara Campos and James McCune