Movie Reviews: Snitch




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     Summit Entertainment  (1hr. 52 min.)
     A father goes undercover for the DEA in order to free his son who was imprisoned after being set up in drug deal.
     Dwayne Johnson, Susan Sarandon, Barry Pepper, Michael K. Williams, Benjamin Bratt, Rafi Gavron, Harold Perrineau
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Laurence Washington

Dwayne Johnson (“The Rock” to you) takes on a Mexican cartel drug dealer (Benjamin Bratt) in "Snitch" – a surprising departure from Johnson’s usual action fare where he traditionally administers ass whippins – even in milk commercials.

However, in “Snitch,” Johnson is on the receiving end of intimidation and violence by baddies when he volunteers to infiltrate a drug cartel to reduce his son’s drug trafficking charges.

Johnson plays John Matthews, an owner of a successful construction business, whose estranged son Jason (Rafi Gavron) is set up by a drug-dealing friend looking to make a deal with the DEA by informing on other dealers. However, Jason is not a drug dealer. He’s just stupid for accepting a parcel full of Ecstasy for his friend. When Jason opens the box, it’s showtime! The feds pounce and Jason finds himself facing a mandatory 10-year jail sentence.

Matthews approaches a U.S. attorney (Susan Sarandon) with a deal of his own. He’ll offer the cartel the use of his company’s semi-trucks to transport their drugs and money while secretly arranging for their arrest in exchange for his son's release.

“Snitch” is bill boarded as “based on actual events.” So it’s a composite of real stories sprinkled with a strong dose of Hollywood -- to make it more entertaining. So Rock fans relax, there is a little shoot ‘em up, bang, bang in the third act. “Snitch” also takes awhile to get going, but it’s entertaining nonetheless.



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