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Though it features one of Dwayne Johnson's more thoughtful performances, the presentation of Snitch's underlying message is muddled by lackluster storytelling and some tonal inconsistencies. Read critic reviews

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At 18 years old, Jason receives a mandatory 10-year prison sentence after being caught with a package that contained illegal drugs, although he was unaware of its contents. His father, businessman John Matthews (Dwayne Johnson), is devastated. When Jason turns down a chance to lessen his sentence by manufacturing evidence to implicate someone else, John begs to be sent under cover instead, but the already dangerous venture turns deadly after he exposes a major player in the Mexican drug trade.

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  • Dec 13, 2014
    In "Snitch," Jason(Ravi Gavron) is arrested on charges of drug smuggling when a friend mails him a box full of ecstasy pills. Since his friend informed on him, Jason is now facing a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years, being unable to cut a deal to inform on any drug dealers. However, his father John(Dwayne Johnson) is willing to go for bat for him. In fact, he will go so far as to go undercover to get dirt on big time drug kingpins, which almost gives ambitious federal prosecutor Joanne Keeghan(Susan Sarandon) a spontaneous orgasm. So, it's a good thing that John has ex-cons working for him like Daniel(Jon Bernthal). "Snitch" starts well enough, as it seeks to explore the draconian mandatory minimum sentencing laws in this country. And it helps that Susan Sarandon gives another very fine performance, even against a miscast Dwayne Johnson who while a decent enough actor is not quite adept at the whole vulnerability thing. Still, that is long before the movie betrays itself, turning from a family drama into an action flick. Admittedly, some people require car chases and shootouts to get the message across, so it's not a total loss.
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  • Mar 08, 2014
    An enjoyable if very flawed vehicle concerning an everyday man (Dwyane "The Rock" Johnson) and how his son (Rafi Gavron) is arrested after being set-up by his best friend in a drug sting, even though he had no intent to sell or obtain as much as he did by accident. After he is sentenced to the law's minimum requirement, ten years in prison, his father decides to cut a deal with the federal government and try to capture a big fish in the cartel drug market, which would dramatically reduce his son's sentence. Although it has some big, big problems, mostly the believability of this kind of situation, this movie is clearly made to be entertaining, and for that it largely succeeds. It does try to take a tough stance on the drug war in our country, but sadly this is not the kind of movie in which this serious perspective makes a lot of sense to make any sort of impact. "The Rock" is great like he always is in films like this, and the ending chase scene brings the goods, with a terrific supporting turn from Jon Bernthal as one of his workers who decides to help him out not knowing what he is getting himself into. Overall, decent, but nothing outstanding.
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  • Sep 22, 2013
    Okay. The rock's great here, as is most of the supporting cast. The story and characters are pretty disjointed though, and full of some serious plot holes. I won't spoil anything, but when you're actively trying to contemplate these plot holes instead of paying full attention to the movie, you know there's something wrong. Decent action movie though...you might like it if you're a fan of the Rock.
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  • Sep 01, 2013
    4 stars in it's genre; I just enjoyed the hell out of this one. A nice movie for a Saturday evening, you won't be disappointed. And you can bring your girlfriend too.
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