Release Date
February 22, 2013
Director
Ric Roman Waugh
Screenplay
Justin Haythe
Ric Roman Waugh
Distributed By
Summit Entertainment
Budget
$25 million
Action, Drama, Thriller
Rated PG-13 for drug content and sequences of violence
112 minutes

Snitch

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 is made to console the females in his life, but otherwise, Johnson as an overprotective father is completely on par and believable. The plot of “Snitch” follows John Matthews (Johnson) as he attempts to set up big time drug dealers to get his son out of jail making a stupid mistake. The based on a true story takes hold with titles at the end telling the true life laws of minimum sentencing.

The downside to “Snitch” is how easy getting to the top of the drug dealer food chain is. The upside is getting to see above average performances by both the underrated Barry Pepper and the future star in Jon Bernthal of “The Walking Dead”. Both men steal the show. Johnson’s performance is fine and often warrants awe with his broad shoulders and large stature, but trying to domesticate him with dress shirts or a baseball cap just 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 how everyone will end up, including the pivotal moments where John faces his son again. The conclusion is left rather open, leaving a sour note with tons of questions, but overall “Snitch” is an above average dramatic thriller with some key performances from its supporting cast.

 

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