One of my favorite things about movies is the unexpected good ones, the ones that just surprise you in the best ways. Snitch falls in this category for me. I went in expecting a mindless action flick with little story to back it up and ended up being a damn good movie with actual substance to grab onto. While a lot of the themes in this aren’t anything new, something that intrigued me was the way a known action icon was taken out of his usual type cast role of the big bad ass hero and made into someone that frankly just didn’t know what he was doing. It was interesting to see Dwayne Johnson in this new territory, new for him at least.
Dwayne Johnson plays John Matthews, a father, husband and business man. At this point in his life everything seems to be in place. That’s usually when a certain type of matter hits the metaphorical fan. His usually well behaved teenage son may be a good kid but he has something working against him every moment of the day, he’s a teenager. Teenagers tend to do stupid crap which is where the movie begins. Jason (the son) reluctantly and stupidly accepts a package knowing the contents inside is narcotics. What he doesn’t know about is the DEA tracker placed underneath the drugs. As soon as he sees the tracker he hears his front door being kicked open. He tries to make a run for it but it doesn’t take them long to grab him. It turns out the person who sent him the package was his best friend who told Jason all he had to do was hold it until his friend arrived the following day to pick it up. It was his supposed best friend who sold Jason out and did so for a lesser sentence. The DEA then approaches Jason with the same deal, sell someone out for less time spent behind bars. Refusing to snitch like his former friend did he is faced with the minimum sentence for this type of offense, ten years in prison.
Not wanting his son’s life wasted on something as stupid as this John volunteers to do the snitching for his son. All he has to do is set up a distribution run using his trucking business as a cover to move the shipment. The drug dealers give him a trial run and everything runs smoothly. All John was told to do was get on record that this drug dealer exchanged money for drugs and his son would receive a lesser sentence. Unfortunately for John the DEA listening in overhear the drug dealer mention that “bigger players” may be interested in John’s skill set. The DEA can’t give this potential lead up and call off the arrest of this small time drug dealer. They now counter offer that John helps them take down a major part of a drug cartel syndicate and in return his son is released immediately. Having no real choice he agrees and what goes from his own life in danger turns into his entire family being threatened. He is now an “employee” of a drug cartel and from what he has been told there will be only one job, and then they will retire him permanently. This is the cartel’s standard way of operating; they hire new people who want some quick cash that are willing to do a job. And for their troubles they are executed. John can’t let this happen and so he takes matters into his own hands.
This isn’t anything all that special but it certainly surpassed any expectations I had of it. That’s all I can ask of a movie like this, just be better than I’m expecting and you’re doing well. I don’t know what this really means but this is Dwayne Johnson’s best film yet and I think he did pretty damn well. I was surprised to see this not rush into anything but instead was given time to play out and breathe. It was not action packed by any means but was still able to hold my interest the entire 112 minute run time. It did this by actually injecting some kind of story into the fold. It was also nice to see that its PG-13 rating didn’t noticeably hold it back all that much. As I said this isn’t anything spectacular but it’s definitely a viable option to choose from if you feel like seeing a movie this weekend.
Out of 5 Nerdskulls
Story: 3.5 / Acting: 3 / Directing: 4 / Visuals: 3
OVERALL: 3.5 Nerdskulls
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