First Trailer for Dwayne Johnson's Prison Doc 'Rock and a Hard Place'

February 22, 2017
Source: YouTube

Rock and a Hard Place Trailer

"Don't squander this opportunity." HBO Documentaries has premiered a trailer for a new doc titled Rock and a Hard Place, featuring Dwayne Johnson (formerly known as "The Rock") sharing his experiences with a program he supports. Johnson tells about his own experiences with the law as a youth, and meets some of the kids currently enrolled in a one-of-a-kind boot camp program for incarcerated youth. This looks like a powerful, and hopefully inspiring, follow-up to Ava DuVernay's incredible documentary 13th - which touches on the troubles with the modern prison system. It looks like Johnson only comes in for a talk once, but maybe he is more prominent in the actual doc itself. I'm curious about seeing this. Check out the trailer.

Here's the official trailer for Jon Alpert & Matthew O'Neill's doc Rock and a Hard Place, from YouTube:

Rock and a Hard Place Poster

Inspired by Dwayne Johnson's own experiences with the law as a youth, Rock and a Hard Place captures the lives of incarcerated young people who are granted a second chance through a one-of-a-kind boot camp program. Rock and a Hard Place is co-directed by Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning filmmakers Jon Alpert (of the docs A Woman Among Boys, No Contract No Cookies, In Tahrir Square, Redemption, Mariela Castro's March) and Matthew O'Neill (of the docs A Woman Among Boys, No Contract No Cookies, In Tahrir Square, Redemption). HBO will premiere Rock and a Hard Place on all their streaming services starting March 27th next month. For more info, visit the film's official website. Want to see this?

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I don't know much about American prison system except that it's huge and unpleasant. And probably unfair in many respects. This is nice initiative shown here, I guess, but I don't see it as an comprehensive way to solve the problem of crime. Although, there are probably the worse ones too ...

shiboleth on Feb 22, 2017


This is a million times better than the alternative.

DAVIDPD on Feb 22, 2017


I am not complaining about the effort to improve things after people find themselves in prison, not at all. I say that society which is having so many prisons, prison industry indeed, is having itself a huge problem before any of that.

shiboleth on Feb 23, 2017


The American prison system has little do to with crime and a lot to do with a broken system (broken from a moral point of view, but working just fine as a money making scheme). It's a fact that the vast majority of prisoners are from low-income, black neighborhoods. These people are targeted by the police and they have no money to defend themselves. Most of these prisoners are doing years in jail for drugs....something that in some countries you might get sent to rehab for....nobody is interested in fixing the real problem because it makes so much money. Funny how America is known as the land of the free, even though there are 3.5 million (!!!) people in jail

TheOct8pus on Feb 23, 2017


Everything you described is exactly my seeing of that. I read something about here and there (sometimes in some books, sometimes in some articles, etc.). Very sad and very cruel thing. In many ways, societies are hypocritical on many important accounts. Like this one ...

shiboleth on Feb 23, 2017


It will probably worth watching. The American prison industry is a weird one. There seems to be zero effort to combat the problems that happen in the communities these men before they end up in the system, I suppose it's good for business.

Carpola on Feb 22, 2017


Not sure if you've seen 13th, but yeah. It's all about money. Corporate greed knows no bounds and these companies want to grow, which means putting more people in jail. Targeting low-income neighborhoods, implementing mandatory minimums and lobbying with governments are all part of the industrial prison complex's plan....there are more people in jail in the US than everywhere in the world COMBINED.....cray cray

TheOct8pus on Feb 23, 2017


It's legalised slave labour. I'll look that documentary out. I was reading that if prisons aren't full there are fines given to local law enforcement. So they go after soft targets and push for really long sentences.

Carpola on Feb 23, 2017


Exacto. Slavery is what it is. That's the whole point of title "13th"....the 13th amendment to the US constitution abolished slavery, but it said that if you are incarcerated, all your rights as a human being are taken away and you are not required to be paid for work.....huge loophole which basically said, "If you arrest (black) people, then they can remain slaves..." Land of the free indeed.

TheOct8pus on Feb 23, 2017


I watched the trailer for the 13th, will definitely watch it. I suppose people are conditioned to believe it's fine.

Carpola on Feb 23, 2017


Can Dwayne possibly wear any more hats???

DAVIDPD on Feb 22, 2017

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