Sunday, February 24, 2013
MOVIE REVIEW: SNITCH
In the fast-paced 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 to work as an undercover informant and infiltrate a drug cartel on a dangerous mission -- risking everything, including his family and his own life.
Director: Ric Roman Waugh
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Susan Sarandon, Jon Bernthal
Release Date: Feb 22, 2013
Rated PG-13 for Sequences of Violence and Drug Content
Runtime: 1 hr. 35 min.
Genres: Action/Adventure, Suspense/Thriller
by Cindy Prascik
Dearest Blog, yesterday I headed up to the cinemas to check out Dwayne Johnson's new film Snitch.
Spoiler level here will be mild, limited to tidbits you'd get from the trailers.
When his son faces a minimum of ten years in prison for a minor drug infraction, a father (Dwayne Johnson) goes undercover with local drug dealers and a major cartel to get the sentence reduced.
If you're a fan who sees Dwayne Johnson movies looking only for two hours of him kicking the ever-lovin' crap out of people, I'm sorry to say you'll be disappointed in Snitch. The good news is, that'd be about the only reason you'd have to be disappointed.
Snitch is a solid drama/thriller that had me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. However accurately it does or does not depict the actual events on which it's based, as a movie it gets it right. The story is strong, if a little implausible in spots, and I chewed my nails to bits worrying about the outcome!
Dwayne Johnson is good in the lead and gets to show off a bit of extra depth with that natural charisma that's gotten him where he is. The supporting cast is fleshed out by notable names and faces such as Susan Sarandon, The Walking Dead's Jon Bernthal, Boardwalk Empire's Michael Kenneth Williams, Barry Pepper, Benjamin Bratt, Harold Perrineau, and Melina Kanakaredes. Rafi Gavron is especially good as the terrified boy facing a stiff jail term for a stupid mistake.
Snitch clocks in at a tense 112 minutes and builds to an ending that's satisfying without feeling forced or hokey, definitely worthy of your movie-going dollars.
Of a possible nine Weasleys, Snitch gets seven.
And nearly three decades removed from my days as a high-school Spanish honor student, apparently all that's left is that I speak "drug dealer."
Until next time...
I don't really need a reason to post this, do I?