Blood-chilling encounters with the most notorious drug dealers in the country are bound to make any amateur cringe, but when it means freedom for his family, a father will do anything to save his son.
Dwayne Johnson is back in "Snitch," an action-packed, thought-provoking adventure that not only teaches the consequences of one’s choices, but also the importance of doing what’s right. Jason Collins (Rafi Gavron) is set up as a drug dealer and sentenced to ten years in prison. John Matthews (Johnson), Jason’s father, teams up with Daniel James (Jon Bernthal) as undercover distributors to arrest the head of the largest drug cartel in the area, which would reduce Jason’s sentence. Matthews and James quickly realize that in their struggle to control their fates, they place their families in dangerous situations.
Johnson never disappoints as an actor. His expression, inflections, and mannerisms are appropriate in every situation his character encounters. The constant close-up shots transport audiences deeper than ever into the story, making purposeful movement and motive more vital to keep the realism. Bernthal is the most successful in portraying his character’s emotional dilemmas as he makes one choice after another to protect his struggling family.
Gavron plays a teen with a tortured soul, enduring the hardships of imprisonment. In each scene he shows further development of his character through his interactions and as his emotional journey brings him closer to his personal identity. Susan Sarandon plays the cold-blooded prosecutor Joanne Keeghan who cares more about re-election than seeing his informant home safely. Her plastic smile and transparent motives place her in stark contrast to Johnson’s family man.
Stellar acting aside, the movie serves to give an inside look into the lives of drug traffickers and the inevitable consequences of their actions. By the end, most traffickers were left injured, arrested, or dead. This thriller comes complete with car chases and shoot-outs, magnifying the perils of bad timing and choosing sides in the covert exchanges in drug cartels.
“Snitch” contains tension and action for any thrill-seeker while taking a humane outlook that shows the truths about what happens every day that the drug war is being fought.