Conclusion: 'Snitch' is surprisingly good and works on just about all levels. It will spark debate amongst you and your friends on this horrible law too. It's great to see The Rock not be the stereotypical badass he usually us, but rather a real life father who is scared to have his son in jail for many years. The video and audio presentations are both excellent, and the few extras are solid as well. 'Snitch' is definitely worth owning. This comes highly recommended.
Excerpt: John Matthews (Dwayne Johnson) is the owner of a Missouri trucking company and warehouse whose teenage son Jason (Rafi Gavron) has been caught in a DEA sting, set up by his friend, and sent to jail for ten years due to federal mandatory minimum laws unless he can set up another drugdealer for a fall.
Excerpt: Dwayne Johnson is having quite a year. From February to May he has had one film released each month. Snitch is the first of the four released this year and made the least amount of money. While it’s not a great film, it’s still very worth watching. The trailers would lead you to believe it’s a thrill-a-minute action film. It certainly has its share of action scenes, but it also has so much more. Johnson stars as John Matthews.
Excerpt: Often chunky dialogue dilutes this surprisingly straight drama, a film ill-prepared by its action extravaganza trailers. Dwayne Johnson is John Matthews, a successful businessman in construction when his son is incarcerated for trafficking ecstasy. A parable for mandatory minimum sentencing ensues, Matthews’ son facing 10 years for accepting a shipment sent from a close friend. The only out? Snitching for the US government.
Conclusion: Snitch is an interesting opportunity to see Dwayne Johnson play at least a moderately vulnerable character, and he does rather well in this film. However, Snitch becomes increasingly ludicrous as it goes on, capped by an admittedly exciting chase sequence that nonetheless puts the lie to the thesis that everything is happening undercover.
Conclusion: Dwayne Johnson continues his streak of strong leading performances as suburban father John Matthews, who agrees to help federal prosecutors make a high-profile drug arrest in exchange for his son's release from prison. The film's condemnation of strict mandatory sentencing laws for drug traffickers is a bit oversimplified, and its message gets a bit muddy by the time Matthews is running drugs and money for a cartel.
Excerpt: If you're looking to see Snitch because you can't get enough of Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson's blend of electric charisma and unbridled machismo, you're destined to be sorely disappointed. Helmed by stuntman turned director Ric Roman Waugh, this is decidedly more father-son drama than action film, wasting Johnson's best assets and demanding he bring his acting ability to a new level. It just sets him up to fail.
Excerpt: When Dwayne Johnson made the transition from wrestler to actor, he preserved a default expression of intense, directed focus. Onscreen or in the ring, Johnson is a man of action, a blunt weapon accustomed to pursuing his goals in the most direct manner imaginable. But the mildly overachieving B-movie Snitch immerses him in a shadowy world where every step he takes to extricate his family from a perilous situation just makes the situation worse.
Summary: Far be it from me to tell Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson he’s not allowed to try and extend his range, but I really wish he would stick to the shallow stuff. That said, his performance in Snitch as a concerned father doing what he can to help his kid is actually pretty impressive. He has the furrowed-brow thing down pat, and he holds his own against acting heavyweights like Susan Sarandon (as an ambitious prosecutor) and Michael Kenneth Williams ( Trapped In The Closet ) as a...