Film
“Snitch” Much More Than Meets The Eye
By LaDale Anderson
Feb 20, 2013 - 6:41:11 PM

HOLLYWOOD—Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has now starred in two pictures where the title of the movie says it all.  He first started in the picture “Faster” which talks about fast cars and now he stars in “Snitch,” a drama/action picture that follows a father’s journey to protect his son from going to prison.

 

If you come into the picture expecting a full-blown action flick, you’ll be greatly disappointed.  This is not an action movie, it’s more of a dramatic thriller and it works.  It allows Johnson who portrays John Matthews, the opportunity to showcase some dramatic flair as John Matthews, a father attempting to do whatever it takes to get his son out of prison for drug-trafficking.  In order to do so, he’ll have to infiltrate a drug cartel’s inner group where every action, every word he states is being carefully watched. 

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Dwayne Johnson in "Snitch."

 

It presents a frightening feeling for the moviegoer; just what would you do if you were placed in this same scenario.  As a parent, we’d all risk our lives to protect our children; it’s a moral code, but what happens when it’s your life in danger as well.  I liken “Snitch” to that clever suspense thriller where you kinda know how it will end, but as a spectator it’s an enthralling ride leading up to that climax.

 

The movie is based on a true story and see’s some nice supporting roles from Barry Pepper, as well as Susan Sarandon, the U.S. attorney prosecuting Matthews’ son.  The woman is a beast; and not willing to let up unless Matthews can bring a criminal mastermind and drug lord portrayed by Benjamin Bratt to her.  Bratt infuses a fear into a character that is not over-the-top.  It’s those subtle moments and actions that make his presence a bit more frightening.  He might not appear ruthless from first glance, but this is not a guy you’d want to double cross.

 

“Snitch” will not be garnering in Oscars for its work, but it mixes the right elements of dramatic flair and characters to draw in the viewer to a tale that is all about a father’s love for his son, no matter what the cost might be in the end.



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