I remember when Dwayne Johnson started making movies, the initial reaction was the usual “oh, a wrestler is getting into movies, that will work out well.” But as he started building his resume, he chose roles wisely. He started where we expected him to, playing a musclebound medieval type as the Scorpion King in The Mummy Returns. But he followed that up with a more modern action role with The Rundown, and surprised the heck out of everyone when he proved he was funny and he could act. After that he solidified his position with a kick ass remake of Walking Tall, a memorable small role in Be Cool, and a comedy with The Game Plan. Nowadays Johnson is a certified A list star and still proves he can do different types of roles from action heroes to comic parts. His latest has some action, but is primarily a thriller based on a fascinating true story.
Johnson plays John Matthews, a successful trucking business owner who finds out his estranged son Jason (Rafi Gavron) has been arrested on drug trafficking charges. The charges came about from one stupid decision, but due to the strict drug laws, Jason will go to prison for a long stretch. Matthews offers a deal to the DA and the DEA that he will infiltrate the drug ring and give them the bigger fish they are after in exchange for his son’s release. But his offer carries great danger and there may be more catches on both sides of the law than Matthews bargained for.
Snitch was a really fascinating tale. It is many things including an action flick, a thriller, a drama, a father/son tale and a statement on the current state of drug trafficking laws. Johnson is excellent in the role, bringing not only his usual kick ass action star to the table, but a nuanced and touching portrayal of a desperate father trying to do everything in his power to keep his son’s life from being ruined by a mistake. Even though this is a true story, action fans will not be disappointed. Snitch kind of has it all in that regard serving up everything you need for a fun, action packed and thrilling movie.
The Blu-ray from eOne is just what you expect from a new studio picture. Great clarity, natural color reproduction, fantastic detail and a booming soundtrack all add up to a great action flick with added substance in the true story setting. A solid thriller that comes highly recommended.
Available now on Blu-ray and DVD.