The war on drugs claims an innocent victim, when a teenager named Jason is framed in a sting operation by a drug dealer looking to cut a deal. Jason's minimum sentence is ten years in prison, so his father, John, meets with the local attorney trying to run for Congress on an anti-drug campaign, trying to figure out what can possibly be done to save his child's life. John hatches a plan: since Jason can't snitch on any drug dealers in order to cut a deal, John will go undercover, infiltrate a drug ring, and snitch on them himself. The attorney agrees to help get him the resources he needs, with the knowledge that he inherits all of the risk, since he is not a law enforcement official. John pays a co-worker to introduce him to a local drug dealer. When he's introduced to Malik, he proposes how he can help the movement of drugs: at his company, they have several big rig trucks that can be used to move product under the guise of being a legitimate business. Malik agrees but makes them do the first drive across the border themselves in order to prove their loyalty. They get everyone in place to make the arrests, but when they mention a meeting with higher-ranking drug lords, the attorney forces John to stay undercover a while longer, keeping Jason in jail until they can land the big fish. John is forced to keep up his facade, while every day Jason stays in jail his life is in danger.
Best part of story, including ending:
It's a complex look at the potential flaws in the current execution of the government's war on drugs, making it a good deal more thought-provoking than your average action film.
Best scene in story:
The first set-up meeting is rife with tension, as John waits for the police to swarm in while surrounded by criminals, but the authorities never arrive.
Opinion about the main character:
John is written as a pretty black-and-white figure, but The Rock is a charming actor, and it's hard to not sympathize with finding your only son in jail under false pretenses.