The Rock is definitely in the building and we're not talking about Jay-Z! Dwayne Johnson has put just as much effort into acting as his has in the ring and it looks like it's finally paying off. "Snitch" is one of his best roles yet, this movie has depth, great acting and plenty of explosive action. This movie was inspired by some of the more questionable tactics put in place by today's federal government. Snitching is something that is taboo in the criminal world, but is a vital component in current law enforcement.
Dwayne Johnson stars as John Matthews, a hard-working owner of a construction company, who belongs to two separate families. One family being that of his ex-wife with whom he has a son and the other with his current woman and a young daughter. The Rock cleans
up well to take on this role of a responsible father torn between saving his son and infiltrating the underworld of a major drug-trafficking operation. Now that you know where Johnson stands in this film, let's take a moment to dig a little deeper and see what "Snitch" is all about.
What do you do when your son is facing 10 yrs of hard time in a prison that is teeming with rapists and murders? You do what any good father would do and support him, but John Matthews takes it about 10 steps further. John strikes a deal with the US Attorney to get his son's sentence reduced with only one unimaginable circumstance. Matthews must enter the world of a powerful drug cartel as a "Snitch" to catch one of the most elusive king pins on the planet. If all goes well, his son will be out in a few weeks, but if not his son may never again see the light of day.
Rafi Gavron plays Jason Collins a.k.a Matthew's son ,a naive young man who makes a poor decision that threatens to put him in jail for 1/2 of of his life. He's not the roughest of individuals so just the idea of even being in jail is a nightmare for him. He doesn't live with his dad, so it's just he and his mother that must make ends meet within their household. Could lack of finances be the reason that he has a slight error in judgement? The allure of the danger or was it pure stupidity, either way his father must find a way to make his son's prison visit a short stay.
Getting his son out of prison early would be the ideal course of action provided the federal prosecutor doesn't have other plans for Mr. Matthews. Susan Sarandon graces us with her presence as Joanne, a toothy leader of an anti-drug campaign that has enough clout to make Mr. Matthews dreams come true. But will she? Is she heartless enough to even consider throwing the boy's father in harm's way just to get a few accolades on her board? If you want to find out, your're going to need to watch "Snitch" and enjoy the 100+ minutes of hard-hitting action.
Jon Bernthal also stars in this movie as Daniel James, an ex-con with a dark past in the world of drug-trafficking that plays an instrumental role in the outcome of Mr. Matthews plight. Bernthal is a familiar face from the popular television show "The Walking Dead" that brings James's sketchy and easily shifty character to life within in the film. Daniel is someone that is trying to get his life on track despite his dreadful past in the world of narcotics. During the film, James is propositioned by Matthews with a small request that beckons to channel energy from the dark life he once used to lead without discretion.
"Snitch" has a few other cameos sprinkled about, but the film's make-up is not all about star power. It's about informants and lots of dope with even bigger amounts of money. We felt that this film is timely in a world of difficult choices and attitudes towards working with the drug task force to rid the streets of dope and criminal activity. This film is recommended for audiences that can identify with putting the needs of others over your own and fans of "The Rock" that want to see him rising to the top. Have you seen it yet? Check out the nearest Redbox or your favorite rental store to rent this action-filled title today!
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