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A father's teenage son is wrongly accused of a drug distribution crime and is looking at a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 10 years. Desperate and determined to rescue his son at all costs, he makes a deal with the U.S. attorney to work as an undercover informant and infiltrate a drug cartel on a dangerous mission -- risking everything, including his family and his own life.
Action Drama - While featuring a couple of big action sequences, this Dwayne Johnson
starring vehicle leans more toward drama, and actually has a rather
serious tone and message about punishments for drug offenders. Susan
Sarandon and Barry Pepper have meaty supporting roles while Benjamin
Bratt is barely seen. Though rated PG-13 and having only a minimum
of bloodshed, there are intense moments of violence that would be of
caution to parents of young children.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Average Snitch might be a passable action-thriller but it's hard to say because every time an action scene comes along, the image shakes so badly it's impossible to keep anything in view or focus.
Roger EbertFull Review Good What makes 'Snitch' relatively effective is the lack of action solutions to every problem. Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of shootouts and car chases,...
USA TodayFull Review Good Drama and suspense fuel a surprisingly effective thriller, more than car chases and action.
Entertainment WeeklyFull Review Above Average 'Snitch' is protein-and-starch filmmaking at its utilitarian -- and belly-filling -- best. Johnson brings the steak; Bernthal the sizzle.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 105 moviegoers:
CHILDREN:Nearly all the children loved "Snitch."
TEENS:The one male and over half the females loved "Snitch." Another 20% of the ladies enjoyed "Snitch very much. The remaining 20% only rated it "good/Average," which is a bit disappointing, but not bad.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:Nine of the ten males loved it with the tenth one indicating he enjoyed "Snitch" very much. The female reviews are also extremely high with most everyone loving it or rating it above average.
ADULTS: Both the males and females enjoyed "Snitch" very much, with a large percentage loving it. These are very good reviews, but not quite great. Too many only rated it above average (very good) or average (good). Your probability of enjoying it is high but you may not love it.
Businessman John Matthews (Dwayne Johnson) is devastated when his 18-year-old son Jason (Rafi Gavron) receives a mandatory minimum 10-year sentence in federal prison when is caught with a package he received from a friend which, unbeknownst to him, contained illicit drugs. When Jason turns down an offer from 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.
John infiltrates a violent gang led by ruthless drug dealer Malik (Michael Kenneth Williams), but in his efforts to save his son, he compromises another innocent man(Jon Bernthal). And when he unexpectedly exposes a major player in the Mexican drug trade(Benjamin Bratt), the already dangerous venture turns potentially deadly.