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In the action thriller SNITCH, Dwayne Johnson stars as a father whose teenage son is wrongly accused of a drug distribution crime and is looking at a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 10 years. Desperate and determined to rescue his son at all costs, he makes a deal with the U.S. Attorney (Susan Sarandon) to work as an undercover informant and infiltrate a drug cartel on a dangerous mission – risking everything, including his family and his own life.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 140
- Fresh: 79
- Rotten: 61
- Average Rating: 5.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: Mr. Johnson's screen presence, however charismatic, is out of sync with the rest of the movie.
Rotten: The film tries to paint in shades of gray with vague criticisms of the war on drugs, but the absurdity of its he-man Everyman plot ends up turning its moral palette a muddy brown.
Fresh: In its focus on an ordinary family facing a nightmarish scenario, Snitch is a terrifying but relatable story.
Fresh: "Snitch" is protein-and-starch filmmaking at its utilitarian -- and belly-filling -- best.
AN UNBALANCED YET ENGAGING ACTION-DRAMA
Perhaps one of the biggest things that makes Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson so effective as a leading man is his down-to-earth personality. In nearly all his films, whether they're good or bad, he always manages to find a way to stay firmly grounded in the plot while providing just enough charisma and energy to keep us engaged in what's going on, and that proves to be no exception in "Snitch," easily one of the actor's strongest films to date. It may not seem like much (just your average, run-of-the-mill action flick), but this crime drama packs a lot more punch than you might think. It's got an intense script, commendable performances, and a gratifying amount of gritty action. While the layout isn't perfect and the plot does suffer from a few glaring contrivances, that hardly prevents it from being an entertaining and affecting ride. The story follows Johnson as a father whose teenage son (Rafi Gavron) has been wrongly accused of a drug distribution crime and is looking at a mandatory minimum prison sentence of possibly ten years. Desperate to rescue his son at all costs, he hesitantly makes a deal with the U.S. Attorney (Susan Sarandon) to work as an undercover informant to infiltrate a drug cartel on a dangerous mission - risking everything in the process, including his family and his own life. Johnson delivers what could possibly be his best performance yet as John Matthews, the tough-as-nails father who goes to unimaginable lengths to save his son from a decade in prison. His dialogue isn't clichéd or heavy-handed. It feels genuine, and so does his serious commitment to character. He truly sinks into his role, portraying a thoughtful protagonist who we all want to see succeed in the end. Jon Bernthal gives another impressive performance in the film as an employee of Johnson's and a former drug dealer who's financially struggling to provide for his wife and son. But when his boss pays him in order to introduce him to a dealer, he unwittingly gets himself back into the business, with disastrous results. While his portrayal isn't quite as strong or even as memorable as his co-star's, he still brings a refreshing amount of authenticity to his character, simply making him all the more believable in each scene he stars in. The rest of the cast is fantastic as well, especially Michael Keenan Williams as an intimidating drug lord, even if Johnson tends to overshadow them more often than not. But enough about the acting, since the story is also worth mentioning. "Snitch" carefully balances suspense, adrenaline, and light humor in a surprisingly smart way that not many action flicks these days can innately achieve. There are a few times when the pacing does drag and the plot's underlying message gets muddled by some contrived plot twists, but thankfully, those issues aren't enough to keep the story from being consistently involving. Along with gritty cinematography, a considerably intense score by Antonio Pinto, and a series of thrilling action sequences, this emotionally effective informant drama is a rare star turn for Johnson, once again proving his underrated strength as an actor in today's film industry. Not only does "Snitch" stand as one of the better films released so far this year, but it's a film that's worth watching more than once. So if you're a fan of Dwayne Johnson or if you just wanna watch a well-acted action-drama, this one is worth a rent.
Is it over yet???
"Action Thriller"?? Huh... The twists and turns was me after I fell asleep on the couch!
This movie is based on a true story and the acting irs really good. Definitely worth watching. Dont' know why it got so little attention