Dwayne Johnson in a serious movie that criticizes the American justice system? The wonders have not left the world just yet!
The Rock plays John Matthews, the owner of a construction company whos son Jason gets arrested for dealing drugs and now faces 10 years of jailtime. In reality it was a friend of Jason who got busted but American law apparently allows dealers the chance to snitch on others in exchange for reduction of sentence and that’s what this friend has done; he sent a package to Jason with such an amount of pills that Jason in return gets the DEA on his neck and is asked to implicate someone else.
Problem: the only drug user Jason knows is that friend who got him into this situation in the first place and he doesn’t feel like implicating just any random other person. Impressed by the feeling of justice of his son John therefore decides to go find some dealers he can deliver to DA Joanne Keeghan (Sarandon) in exchange for reducing his son’s penalty.
After quite a stupid first attempt that fails miserably, Matthews decides to go under cover and through one of his employees, Daniel James, he manages to get an introduction that brings him to the top of a cartel. An introduction, however, isn’t enough to free Jason and John needs to go further than he ever thought possible…
Snitch is apparently based on true events but we seriously wonder how much. That US law is quite strict regarding drugs is well-known, but that someone can go to jail for 10 years for receiving a package of pills seems quite far-fetched. Unless the person in question has the worst lawyer in history. And even then…
The start of Snitch therefore is hardly credible, there’s quite a lot of gaps present, and it’s very difficult to truly go along with the story. Halfway we then move towards a standard action flick, but as said the makers are trying to put down a serious movie that criticizes the justice system (dealers are apparently treated worse than pedophiles!) so this part is held back quite a lot as well. As a result Snitch doesn’t quite know what it wants to be. The story has gaps like a cheese and the action fans don’t get their thing either, even if that wasn’t the intention from the start.
The acting as such isn’t too bad and it gets noticed that Johnson tries (and up to a certain level also succeeds) to put down a more serious role, but the lack of credibility in the story makes all good intentions fall in the water.
We see from the start that Snitch is filmed beautifully. The quality is very high and we almost would start thinking we’re watching a DVD rather than a Blu-ray. Skin tones are natural, some of the scenery looks like sharp pictures, and the overall level of detail is all but bad as well. The sound is equally good even though the focus is mainly on the front and dialogue-driven. The few action scenes are nicely supported by the surround channels and subwoofer, and the level of detail in the sound is very decent.
The is a DVD release and as is often the case these days that mean the amount of extras is quite limited. We have to do with a couple of deleted scenes.