Inspired by true events, the film is about 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 infiltr...more
Inspired by true events, the film is about 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. less
“Snitch is a typical action film but succeeds due to its a moral core and thoughtful portrayals by the actors.”
We have seen this movie before, albeit with a slightly different set-up. But, no, we have seen this picture before. And unbelievable as most of them are, this one goes the extra mile, where a seemingly ordinary construction firm owner, played by Dwayne "The Rock Johnson, overnight becomes a skilled commando as if he quickly signed for a crash course with the CIA.(This transformation remains eternally unjustified)
Dwayne wanted to be a committed father, to ensure his kid (played ineffectively by Rafi Gavron) kept away from the guys from the bad lanes, but that's exactly what he isn't able to prevent as the son gets wrongly accused in a drug racket, set-up by a friend who wants to lower his own sentence. The couldn't-be-devoted Dad becomes Desperate Dad, and after pulling off some strings in the US Judiciary (Susan Sarandon looking all so somber), takes it to himself to go undercover so that the son's youthful delinquency can be wiped off clean.
The premise is thought-provoking as in a number of scenes, random as they are; the film tries to question America's policies on drug abuse, and quite successfully points out the flaws in the system. Though these serve as preachy distractions, they have a valid presence nonetheless. Director Ric Roman Waugh, who's previously served a s a stunt director on numerous title, does what is expected of him: give us large doses of carefully constructed action. Although Johnson's acting capabilities are debatable, he's surely equipped with the arsenal to pull off the role that requires him to do more of physical acting than the dialogue delivery (which when philosophical gets extremely dull).
Overall, Snitch can be termed as an admirably mediocre film. Only because its intentions are staunchly placed in the right cartel, the film doesn't come across as inconsequential or pointless but raises interesting questions, although fleetingly, about America's infamous war on drugs.