Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson does “serious” in this solid drama about a committed father who sets out to catch a group of fearsome drug dealers in the act in order to get his first-time offender son off the hook and out of jail. A clear departure from the more outright action-oriented work the actor has been putting out recently, this was certainly more deliberately paced than expected, but not without its moments. Johnson is helped along the way by a strong supporting cast that includes Susan Sarandon, Michael Williams, Jon Bernthal and Barry Pepper’s scene-stealing goatee.
This week we discuss Fernando’s upcoming move to Tokyo, before turning out attention to the action blockbuster Snitch. We then consider the somewhat dire state of contemporary Romantic Comedies (RomComs), looking at films like Celeste And Jesse Forever and The Big Wedding. Finally, we explain our plan to add some regular reviews of recent Criterion Collection releases to the podcasts.