Movie Review – Snitch
The Rock wants you take him seriously now. In Snitch, John Matthews is a family man remarried with a new wife (Nadine Velazquez whom you recognize from My Name is Earl. She’s got a bigger part than she did in Flight. His son Jason (Rafi Gavron) gets set up by a friend who is shipping drugs into the country. The friend tells the DEA that Jason is the drug dealer which we know he isn’t but due to mandatory sentencing laws for drug trafficking unless Jason can give them another drug dealer they won’t budge on his sentence. John decides to take matters into his own hands. He gets a lot of guilt tripping from his ex wife Sylvie (Melina Kanakaredes). John’s a successful business owner of a trucking company. He lives in his huge fancy house with his new wife and daughter, while his ex and son live in a smaller place and clearly don’t live it up. Jason is very bitter towards his father. Jason is also an asshole. John and Jason don’t start to get to a point of feeling compassion towards each other till Jason is beaten while in custody.
Susan Sarandon plays the running for election DA Johanne Keegan and Barry Perry looking like he’s been undercover entirely too long with that facial hair also stars as Agent Cooper. When John attempts to figure out what he will do to get Jason’s sentence reduced he decides to reach out to one of his employees, Daniel (Jon Bernthal) a twice convicted felony and former well known gang member who’s trying to stay on the clean and narrow for his wife and son. Without the details John asks for a meeting with the right dealers to get someone high enough to get Jason’s sentence reduced.
There’s a bit of suspension of disbelief here. How he’s accepted so fast by the big shot kingpin played by Benjamin Bratt “El Topo” after the simple transportation deal ends up going haywire. They sorta attempt to wrap up why with the idea that the drug lords use other people who are in a desperate situation and when they don’t need them anymore they usually kill them to tie up loose ends.
Snitch is clearly The Rock’s attempt to not always be the action hero. He’s not super tough, nor does he save the day in the end. He is flippant in the beginning and ends up the panicked father near the middle. The problem with this film isn’t the story I was actually expecting not to like this based on the trailer. I actually enjoyed the story and Snitch is not an overly long movie. The story plays out much better although Susan Sarandon phones in her performance here.The problem for me with Snitch the overuse of shaky cam/handheld cam thought this film. It’s not an action movie there’s really only 2 major action scenes but it seems like the directors said fuck using a dolly at any point in this film. The overuse of shaky cam actually makes the movie hard to enjoy. The end is way too neat very Hollywood ending and while that would still annoy me especially with the “inspired by true events” note at the beginning and the tail note about the mandatory sentencing guidelines so the super clean ending was a let down.
Director: Ric Roman Waugh
Studio: Summit Entertainment
Release Date: 2-22-2013
Run time: 1 hour 52 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG-13
My Rating: Redbox