Written March 10, 2013
Took a bunch of 11 year olds to this and thought it lacked all the action this group was expecting. There was some but it wasn't the action movie they were Hoping for. Decent story line though and good anti-drug message.
Written March 11, 2013
This movie is a DRAMA, based on real life events, and makes a statement about the "three strikes" laws and their misapplication to teenage first-time offenders caught in the system. The story at root is based on a father's love for his son, and how far he is willing to go, even risking his own life, to try to free his son. But the plot is really about drug-trafficking. While the story grabs you right from the beginning, it moves at a drama's pace, not an action-adventure pace! There is definitely suspense and some action throughout, but more on a gritty, gut-wrenching, painful, and sad level. This movie was totally NOT what I was expecting, but after settling in, I really liked it. I wonder if there is enough of a reality-check message for teens and their families about consequence, before they make naive decisions about who they associate with, holding their "stuff", and even coercion into drug-trafficking.
Written September 18, 2014
The plot was engaging - keeps your attention. The violence wasn't over done. Loved that it had NO nudity, NO strip club scenes, Even the language was pretty tolerable considering the movie theme. John and Danny were played flawlessly as well as the whole cast too.
Written February 28, 2013
If you like action, this movie will fill the bill. The Rock does another fine job, his ability to keep the viewers interest is superb. The story follows pretty much the same path as I have seen during a long career in law enforcement, over zealous prosecutors trying to make a name for themselves. The film has a nice story line and mostly follows what actually happens during the investigation of high profile drug criminal cases.
Written August 01, 2014
I loved this movie. I took my 13 yr old son and he even gave it a great review (and he's very picky as to what he watches). Some said it was not enough action. Based on the story of the movie, I thought it had some good action and it was very well scripted/written/directed! Can't wait for this movie to come out on dvd because I will buy it!