Ric Roman Waugh is essentially nonexistent at this point as a Director in Hollywood, and has certainly not made a solid name for himself. “Snitch” is Waugh’s next chapter in his career, as he takes the reins on a story based on true events. The film features John Matthews (Dwayne Johnson), a father of a kid (Rafi Gavron) who is busted by the cops for intent to distribute when he accepts and opens a package from a courier filled with drugs. He received the package from a friend and swears he had no intent to do anything with the drugs and was in fact set up. Jason (Gavron) is sent to prison, and is facing a term of 10-30 years. His father does not want to see this happen to his son, as he has complete belief in him and his innocence.
John decides to take matters into his own hands. He speaks with Joanne Keeghan (Susan Sarandon), the prosecuting attorney to strike a deal to get his son out of prison. She agrees that if Jason gives up some names in the drug business that she will reduce his sentence. Jason has no names to give, so John asks Joanne if she will agree to shorten his son’s sentence if he is able to help them make some arrests. She agrees, and John goes undercover to work with the drug dealers linked to the drug supply. John works with one of his employees at his trucking business who is an ex-con, to get an introduction to the drug dealers. What ensues is not only an introduction to the local drug dealers, but a direct path to the head of the drug cartel.
Dwayne Johnson’s performance leaves a lot to be desired, as usual. That being said, this was definitely his type of role. I would have bought more into his role as concerned parent if his dialogue wasn’t so horrible. He isn’t as much of a tough guy in this movie as in others, but it is what it is. There is some entertainment value here. I do like Barry Pepper as Agent Cooper who is in the shadows of John’s undercover job, calling the shots.
I would compare this movie to the overall pace and flavor of “Contraband” with Mark Wahlberg, who tries to help his Brother-in-Law who gets in deep as a drug runner. Again, there is some entertainment value there, but not much else. This movie might not be the worst action movie, but I would still wait for Red Box on this one if you want to check it out.
– David B. Harrington