Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Susan Sarandon, Barry Pepper, Joe Bernthal Direction: Ric Roman Waugh Genre: Action Duration: 1 hour 55 minutes
STORY: A devoted father sets out on a mission to have his son released from a wrongful conviction. Along the way, he has to risk everything and resort to some pretty unconventional means.
MOVIE REVIEW: John Matthews (Dwayne Johnson) is an honest man. He goes about his day-to-day work and is a protective dad with a clear sense of what’s right and wrong. But it’s not long before the shoot-’em-ups start and the intrigue sets in. His son Jason Collins (Rafi Gavron) is not the brightest kid on the block – a flaw that has him facing the slammer for a good ten years, for unwittingly participating (rather, being duped) in a drug shipment.
Jason can however benefit from a reduced sentence if he helps ‘snitch’ on some of the senior baddies in the cartel. The only problem is Jason is no criminal. The cops don’t believe this. Sensing the danger his son is in, Matthews approaches the stony-faced District Attorney Joanne Keeghan (Susan Sarandon) and offers her a deal – he will do the dirty work himself. He will help the cops ensnare some of the criminals with Agent Cooper ( Barry Pepper) monitoring from afar. The film tends to lose direction now and then with unnecessarily serious discussions and vague, philosophical cross-references that question the US justice system.
You might find yourself wishing that they would just get on with the action instead because that is the film’s strongest point.There are plot holes too. For example, no explanation is offered as to how an ordinary businessman (Matthews) is suddenly an expert at wielding arms and ammunition like a commando. Susan Sarandon does carry with her a sense of gravitas. Juan Carlos ‘El Topo’ Pintera (Benjamin Bratt) convincingly plays the cartel kingpin. Watch it if you like action films and are a Dwayne Johnson fan.