The celebrity host: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
The challenge: 38 young convicted felons who must make it through four grueling months in a boot camp rehabilitation program, or face prison sentences ranging from five years to life.
If HBO’s “Rock and a Hard Place” sounds more like a reality television competition than a documentary about the lives of young men at risk, that’s because it’s often hard to tell the difference.
With the “Ballers” and “Fast and Furious” franchise star as an executive producer, the hour-plus film directed by Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill takes place at the Miami-Dade County Corrections and Rehabilitation Boot Camp in Florida. Repeat offenders whose crimes range from armed robbery to carjacking to assault with a deadly weapon have been given the choice by a judge: incarceration or rehabilitation. They chose the latter, and that’s where we, the viewers, come in.
“Rock and a Hard Place,” which …