Wednesday, June 26, 2013


Snitch is one of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's smaller films. This is not Fast and Furious, G.I. Joe, The Mummy, etc etc.  Unlike those other films, this is not an ensemble picture. It's all Rock, all the time.  I know it says Dwayne Johnson on the poster, but he'll still be The Rock for me.  As a film, it's not bad, but it is not going to break out the Rock as a stand-alone star either.

Snitch is "inspired by actual events" where Dwayne's son gets arrested for signing for a package of drugs that got sent to him without his permission.  His son now faces the mandatory minimums sentence for his crimes. Dwayne convinces the U.S. Attorney to let him "snitch" to make arrests on his son's behalf. Except that Dwayne has no connections.  Jon Bernthal enters here as one of Dwayne's employees who has a past in the drug game.  He makes introductions to the lowlifes working the street (Hi Omar from The Wire!).  Things escalate from here when the DEA wants to grab the big Mexican cartel guy (Benjamin Bratt) instead of the lowlifes.

Snitch is a pretty good film.  Dwayne and Jon Bernthal are really likable actors, so their performances keep your attention.  The biggest detractor for this film is that there is nothing here to make it stand out from Dwayne's larger franchise films.  There's no large acting twist for Dwayne to advertise, no large action sequence to compete with the other films, etc.  Its just Dwayne doing his normal thing, making a decent movie.  All in all, that is what Snitch is, a decent, likable film that won't stand out from the other things on the shelf.

3 out of 5 stars


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