Snitch, which is based on a true story, is about a father who goes undercover as a drug trafficker in order to help get his son’s 10 year mandatory prison sentence reduced. John Matthew (Dwayne Johnson) is desperate to save his son, Jason Collins (Rafi Gavron). He is so desperate that he puts his life on the line to help bring down the leader of a major drug cartel known as ‘El Topo’ (Benjamin Bratt). He teams up with ex-con Daniel James (Jon Bernthal) in order to infiltrate the drug world.
Dwayne Johnson did not offer the emotional performance needed for this film. Although I have enjoyed watching him in other less serious films like The Scorpion King and The Game Plan, he did not deliver in this movie. Admittedly, he is great in action movies; he just didn’t seem to have the experience necessary for Snitch.
Jon Bernthal, on the other hand, truly delivers an unforgettable performance as ex-convict Daniel James. James has recently been released from prison. He already has two strikes against him, and he is trying to start fresh. There’s only one problem. Although he is working hard, he is getting nowhere. He lives in a bad neighborhood, and his wife is forced to work odd shifts in order to help keep them afloat. The situation seems hopeless, and Bernthal makes the audience feel James’s hopelessness and desperation.
Sylvie Collins (Melina Kanakaredes) is a mother desperate to get her son released, but she is at a lost as to what to do. So, she turns to ex-husband, John, for help. Melina Kanakaredes shines as Sylvie Collins. She too gives an unforgettable emotional performance.
And, what is a good movie without a good criminal? Snitch gives us two criminal master minds. Both Michael Kenneth Williams and Benjamin Bratt deliver as drug lord Malik and drug cartel leader Juan Carlos ‘El Topo’ Pintera.
Snitch is more of a drama than an action movie. The plot is well-developed, and the characters are believable. They are so believable, in fact, that I found myself almost in tears several times during this film, and the settings of Snitch are extremely realistic. I actually felt like I was in the ghetto with Daniel and John.
Snitch runs for 1hour and 52 minutes. It is rated PG-13 for its drug-related content. So, is Snitch worth watching? You betcha. It is an emotional ride well worth taking. On a scale of 1 to 5 (with 1 being the lowest and 5 being the highest), I would give Snitch a 4.8.