SNITCH

BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELL
MARCH 3, 2013

Hollywood loves Dwayne Johnson right now. With four or more films starring the professional wrestler set to release this year, there’s no denying he’s an action star draw. But who knew he had a passionate, emotional side? Sure, some of the lighter portions of “Snitch” are stiff and unconvincing, especially when Johnson consoles the women in his life. Still, Johnson as an overprotective father is entirely on par and believable. The plot of “Snitch” follows John Matthews (Johnson) as he attempts to set up big-time drug dealers. If he succeeds, he gets his son out of jail, who made a stupid mistake and now faces a lifetime of repercussions. The based on a true story takes hold with titles at the end telling the actual minimum sentencing laws.

The downside to “Snitch” is how easy getting to the top of the drug dealer food chain is. The upside is seeing above-average performances by the underrated Barry Pepper and the future star Jon Bernthal of “The Walking Dead.” Both men steal the show. Johnson’s performance is satisfactory and often warrants awe with his broad shoulders and large stature. However, trying to domesticate him with dress shirts or a baseball cap doesn’t do the trick, often leaving you unconvinced. The action picks up nicely towards the end of the film, and the story eventually draws you in enough to care about how everyone will end up, including the pivotal moments where John faces his son again. The conclusion is left relatively open, leaving a sour note with many questions. Still, “Snitch” is an above-average dramatic thriller with some key performances from its supporting cast.

RELEASE DATE
February 22, 2013

DIRECTOR
Ric Roman Waugh

WRITTEN BY
Justin Haythe
Ric Roman Waugh

STUDIO
Summit Entertainment

PG-13
(for drug content and sequences of violence)

ACTION
DRAMA
THRILLER

112 minutes

CINEMATOGRAPHER
Dana Gonzales

COMPOSER
Antonio Pinto

EDITOR
Jonathan Chibnall

CAST
Dwayne Johnson
Barry Pepper
Jon Bernthal
Michael K. Williams
Melina Kanakaredes
Nadine Velazquez
Rafi Gavron
David Harbour
Benjamin Bratt
Susan Sarandon

PRODUCED BY
Dwayne Johnson
Nigel Sinclair
Matt Jackson
Jonathan King
Dany Garcia
Alex Brunner
Tobin Armbrust
Pargat Gill

BUDGET
$25 million

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