A Father’s Sacrificial Love
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Susan
Sarandon, Barry Pepper,
Benjamin Bratt, Rafi Gavron,
Michael Kenneth Williams,
Melina Kanakaredes, Nadine
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 112 minutes
Distributor: Summit/Lionsgate Films
Director: Ric Roman Waugh
Executive Producer: Becki Cross Trujillo, Justin
Producer: Tobin Armbrust, Alexander Yves
Brunner, Guy East, David
Fanning, Dany Garcia, Matt
Jackson, Dwayne Johnson,
Jonathan King, Nigel Sinclair
Writer: Justin Haythe, Ric Roman Waugh
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The movie stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as John Matthews, a construction company and truck-driving company owner. John’s teenage son, Jason, is arrested for accepting a package of illegal Ecstasy pills and is accused of being a drug distributor. Jason insists he only knows one other dealer who’s already caught. He also refuses to set other friends up on false charges. This puts him at risk of spending 10 to 30 years in prison due to mandatory minimum sentencing.
John offers to bring down a drug cartel for a US attorney (played by Susan Sarandon), in exchange for his son’s immediate release from prison. What follows from there is a rich and surprisingly thoughtful, smart thriller that relies more on psychological and emotional fears than loud action and bloody mayhem. John consistently tries to the smarter, less violent way out of dangerous situations, minimizing the strong violent scenes while keeping viewers on the edge of their seats.
Every aspect of SNITCH is top-notch, from Dwayne Johnson’s ever-growing acting abilities to the almost perfect supporting cast. Director Ric Roman Waugh and his writing partner Justin Haythe also deserve kudos for making a gritty movie that’s still tastefully done and inspiring plus wildly entertaining. SNITCH has a strong moral, redemptive worldview where the father is ready to sacrifice himself for his son. It’s a great time at the movies, but there is significant PG-13 foul language, violence, and drug references, so extreme caution is advised.
SNITCH relies more on psychological, emotional fears than loud action and bloody mayhem. John consistently tries to take the smarter, less violent way out of dangerous situations. This minimizes the violence while keeping viewers on the edge of their seats. Every aspect of SNITCH is top-notch, from Dwayne Johnson’s ever-growing acting abilities to the excellent supporting cast. SNITCH is a gritty movie that’s still tastefully done, inspiring, and wildly entertaining. Extreme caution is advised for significant foul language and the drug references and violence.