'Snitch' An Action Film Missing The Action (Video)
'Snitch' directed by Ric Roman Waugh is an action film with barely any 'action.' At that's the least of its problems.
The main one: The lead - Sorry Mr. Rock aka Dwayne Johnson. I know your films have made a lot of money at the box office, but you are truly one wooden actor. You basically had one facial expression throughout the film and your monotonic delivery didn't help.
Johnson can get away with it in comedy, but definitely not in a dramatic piece which this film is.
He plays businessman John Matthews who owns a successful trucking company, Matthews is married, has a young child and all seems right in his world. That is until his estranged 18 year old son, Jason (Raft Gavron) from his first marriage, gets busted for receiving a package filled with MDMA.
Jason is going to receive a mandatory minimum 19 year sentence in federal prison.
MORAL: Don't be dumb enough to let your drug dealing BFF talk you into receiving illicit drugs in the mail.
Anyway, after Jason turns down an offer from the politically ambitious U.S. Attorney, Joanne Keeghan (Susan Sarandon) to reduce his sentence, by manufacturing evidence against someone else, John begs Keeghan to let him go undercover instead.
Keeghan agrees. Now all John has to do is find an ex con with connection to drug dealers. Lucky for him, he has one working for him; a man named Daniel Cruz. And lucky for us, Cruz is played by Jon Bernthal, who brings an authenticity to the part as oppose to Johnson.
John and Cruz hook up with coke dealer, Malik (the excellent Michael Kenneth) and do a trial run. All goes well, so now the head of one of the cartels, Juan Carlos (Benjamin Bratt) wants to meet him. Guy is very popular all of a sudden.
As I mentioned, if you're waiting for the heavy duty action to come, you're going to have to wait until the last 15 minutes of the film. And trust me, it is not worth the wait.
Rounding out the cast is Barry Pepper, as undercover cop, Billy Cooper and Melina Kanakaredes as Sylvia, John's first wife.
'Snitch' written by Waugh along with Justin Haythe, opens in theaters Friday February 22.