|Reviewed on 2013-02-22|
|Received||[2.5] out of 4 stars|
|Genre||Action / Adventure / Drama|
| What lengths would you go to to protect your child? “Snitch” proves there is no limit. Starring Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) as John Matthews, a hardworking father who has lost touch with his son following a divorce. Now remarried and living with his wife and daughter, his relationship with his son Jason (Rafi Gavron) is very strained. A father’s unconditional love will take over when Jason finds himself in trouble with the law.
Jason is a good kid with a poor choice of friends. He finds himself set up by a friend to look like a dealer. The drugs that are found on Jason is enough to assume he would be distributing, thus making it a federal offense. Knowing his sentence could be possibly ten years John talks to the prosecutor to see what if anything can be done to free his son. Knowing he is innocent and wanting to protect him John will go to great lengths to gain Jason’s freedom.
Joanne Keeghan (Susan Sarandon) is hesitant at first to make a deal with Matthews, but after seeing his persistence agrees that if he can get inside information on a possible deal that would be enough to charge someone with the intent to distribute she will drop the charges. Using his trucking company he finds a way to provide transportation for distribution. He must find a way into the drug world. Researching his employees he finds one who was charged with possession and approaches him about setting up a meeting with a high up dealer.
Daniel James (Jon Bernthal) is unwilling to at first, but when offered a substantial amount of money that could change his family’s dire situation he complies. It may be too late for Daniel when he discovers that he has been used in a set up and his life and loved one’s are all in danger. The set up only gets more complicated and darker when the ante is upped with a possible cartel bust. Will Matthew’s risk be rewarded and can he save his son. Only the “Snitch” can tell.
“Snitch” has an adrenaline burst, one that runs out quickly. A slow start with a burst of energy in the middle and slowing down in the end. It is an average action film for the slow month of February. The only surprise in this film is the lack of hands on action Dwayne Johnson has. “Snitch” will offer a handful of excitement, but nothing that is worth rushing out for.