"A Father’s Sacrificial Love"
What You Need To Know:
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.
(BBB, C, LL, VV, N, A, DD, M) Very strong moral worldview with an unspoken but Christian, redemptive view of sacrificial love and an ultimately positive father/son relationship; 19-23 obscenities and profanities; strong, mostly action violence such as people shot in gun battles, machine gun fire results in deaths, big car chase, bodies being covered after gun battle between drug gangs, hero beaten, hero hears about his son being beaten while in prison and son shows up with bruises and stitches; no sexual content but a married couple does kiss a little passionately; some upper male nudity; brief alcohol use; woman is criticized for smoking and plot is about drug gangs and hero is forced to snort a line of the illegal drug he transports in order to prove he’s not a cop, but the movie is anti-drug; and, gang uses numerous dirty tricks and spying to terrorize the good guys and their families and criminal activity by bad guys, some deceitfulness by hero to help his son by infiltrating a drug cartel, and father regrets working too hard, neglecting his family, and being distant in his first marriage but reconciles with his son, plus movie makes a case against mandatory sentences for drug offenses, especially small, non-violent offenses.
SNITCH is a powerful crime thriller about a father who will risk everything to help a government drug sting operation in order to save his son from an unfairly harsh prison sentence. It has a strongly moral worldview with an unspoken but Christian view of sacrificial love.
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.