Description: 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: the opportunity to trade an extensive prison sentence for a fresh start by completing the famed Miami-Dade County Corrections & Rehabilitation Boot Camp Program. This one-of-a-kind program reports a recidivism rate close to 9%, while the national rate of prison recidivism is approximately 70%. The harrowing film chronicles a harsh, uncompromising six-month program in which drill sergeants push inmates to their limit, encouraging them to learn from their past mistakes and become constructive members of society who are substantially less likely to return to prison.
A passion project for Johnson, he appears in the film himself, visiting the facility where the boot camp is conducted to speak with a new group of young offenders, and observes their shocking introduction into the camp. Addressing the young men, Johnson explains why he wants the world to see the program and emphasizes why he believes this may be their last chance.