Snitch (2013)

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Critic Consensus: 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.

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In the fast-paced action thriller SNITCH, Dwayne Johnson stars as a father whose 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. (c) Summit
Rating: PG13 (for drug content and sequences of violence)
Genre: Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: Ric Roman Waugh
Written By: Ric Roman Waugh , Justin Haythe
In Theaters: wide
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Runtime:
Lionsgate/Summit Entertainment - Official Site

Cast

Dwayne Johnson
as John Matthews
Barry Pepper
as Agent Cooper
Susan Sarandon
as Joanne Keeghan
Jon Bernthal
as Daniel Cruz
Rafi Gavron
as Jason Collins
Benjamin Bratt
as Juan Carlos "El Topo" Pintera
Lela Loren
as Vanessa
JD Pardo
as Benicio
David Harbour
as Jay Price
Harold Perrineau Jr.
as Jeffery Steele
Kyara Campos
as Isabelle Matthews
Tanya Ballinger
as Party Mom
Ashlynn Ross
as Amanda
Spencer Miller
as Anthony
Jayson Floyd
as Agent Thompson
Ben Blankenship
as Agent Torres
Kym Jackson
as Agent Sims
Tyler Grey
as Team Leader
Shun Hagins
as Heavy Gangster
Dother Sykes
as Street Dealer
Doris Morgado
as Female Guard
Carrie Lazar
as Keeghan's Assistant
Jaime Medeles
as Gangbanger #1
Odessa Sykes
as Sheriff's Clerk
Kerry Cahill
as Jane Kemp
Dane Rhodes
as Police Officer
Edrick Browne
as Shipping Guy
Joe Nemmers
as Terry Green
J.D. Pardo
as Benicio
Tim Smith
as Lazy
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Critic Reviews for Snitch

All Critics (141) | Top Critics (32)

Snitch runs close to two hours, and it's a credit to Summit Entertainment that they didn't reduce it to 90 minutes of Mexican drug loons trying to run John's truck off the highway.

Full Review… | January 6, 2014
Grantland
Top Critic

The film tries to paint in shades of gray with vague criticisms of the war on drugs, but the absurdity of its he-man Everyman plot ends up turning its moral palette a muddy brown.

Full Review… | February 27, 2013
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

In the end, this is a movie that lives or dies on Johnson's performance, and luckily, the actor is perfect ...

Full Review… | February 24, 2013
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Yes, this is a film where The Rock Wikipedias "drug cartels." But somehow it works.

Full Review… | February 22, 2013
Birth.Movies.Death.
Top Critic

Despite its apparent compromises to noble finger-wagging (initially) and requisite fist-pumping (eventually), Waugh has fashioned a sturdy character-first entertainment out of Snitch.

Full Review… | February 22, 2013
Film.com
Top Critic

Dwayne Johnson tries so hard to be taken seriously in the ponderous and preposterous drama Snitch that it hurts to watch him in much the same way it hurts to watch the weightlifting competition at the summer Olympics.

Full Review… | February 21, 2013
TIME Magazine
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Audience Reviews for Snitch

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.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

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.

Saskia D.
Saskia D.
½

A pretty good action flick that gets bonus points for being based on true events. I thought "The Rock" did a good job in this. I am usually annoyed with wrestling actors since 99.9% of them cannot act. But "The Rock" seems to be that 1% that can. I enjoy watching him in movies. The story is pretty intense and really puts you at aw that a father went to such extremes to save his son from prison life. Father, I applaud you. It was nice seeing Jon Bernthal. I miss him in The Walking Dead. He brought the crazy and I miss it. The movie is definitely worth seeing if you get the chance. =]

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