Snitch

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson plays a father who goes to incredible lengths to save his son in a film that is based on true events (probably very loosely based) in the action- thriller, Snitch. John Matthews (Dwayne Johnson) is a construction contractor whose teenage son is caught receiving drugs through the mail. (Can you say teenager with no brains) When district attorney Joanne Keeghan (Susan Sarandon) says his son will go to prison for a mandatory 10 years, John asks what he can do to have his son’s sentence reduced. The DA tells John if he will assist in the arrest and prosecution of the leader of a major drug cartel, she will reduce the sentence. John’s company believes in giving ex-cons a second chance, so he asks one of his employees, Daniel James (Jon Bernthal) to introduce him to some drug traffickers in order to infiltrate the gang. As John is pulled deeper into the drug cartel, the DA strings him along because she had her sights on a violent Mexican drug lord named Juan Carlos “El Tope” Pintera (Benjamin Bratt) and John is stuck in the game till the end. We are used to watching – or listening in my case – to Dwayne Johnson in kids films or violent shoot ‘em up action movies and not a semi-dramatic role like this. This movie actually stretches Johnsons acting muscles along with his stunt capabilities in some action scenes and I’m impressed. (It doesn’t take much to impress me.) There are emotional scenes sprinkled between the explosive action scenes and the film itself is not too bad. Character development at the beginning causes the film to drag a little, but things pick up near the middle of the movie and it has a superb ending. Unfortunately, it will probably not last too long at the box office. Like Johnson’s performance, the movie itself is good but it’s nothing special. This film is entertaining, has some tense moments, and I’m giving it a B- rating.

This movie has been given a PG13 rating by the MPAA