Monday, May 6, 2013

Snitch

Director: Ric Roman Waugh

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Susan Sarandon, John Bernthal, Michael K William, Rafi Gavron, Benjamin Bratt

A crime flick with a story line purportedly based on actual events (PBS Frontline documentary). John Matthews (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) is a divorced father and owner of a trucking company. His teenage son (Rafi Gavron) gets busted by the Feds in possession of a large amount of ecstasy. The boy faces a mandatory ten year prison sentence unless he can turn someone up the chain in. The truth is he is a patsy and knows no one but has been set up by a so called friend. Pappa John to the rescue and “The Rock” makes a deal with a cutthroat DA (Susan Sarandon) and tough DEA agent (Barry Pepper) to bring in enough low lives to set his kid free. For the convenience of the audience Mr. Matthews seems to easily insert himself into the North American drug trade led by local drug lord Malik (Michael K. Williams). Dodging bullets in gun battles between rival cartels our hero shows with the help of an ex-con employee (Jon Bernthal) saves the day. Despite what might have been a formulaic action movie it avoids the usual cliché and parodies with a good cast. Not the greatest movie around however for any shortcomings there is some serious acting.

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