the rock is a busy man. this one has more depth than the average action star vehicle and i assume that’s because of Participant Media’s participation in the production. they tackle issues like education (waiting for superman) and global warming (inconvenient truth) and here they tackle the overly zealous drug war and mandatory sentencing guidelines. it’s nowhere near as good as traffic, but it’s a nice enough hybrid action/drama. susan sarandon and barry pepper weren’t as good as the rock, which is odd to say, but true.
overall, not bad, but not great either. the real take away is that the mandatory sentencing stuff is silly policy and the war on drugs has lacked nuance and substance since its inception. in other words: business as usual for a government that continues to disappoint.Watched in theater