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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Critic Reviews for Snitch
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.
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.
In the end, this is a movie that lives or dies on Johnson's performance, and luckily, the actor is perfect ...
Yes, this is a film where The Rock Wikipedias "drug cartels." But somehow it works.
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.
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.
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.
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. =]
|John Matthews:||Trust me.|
|John Matthews:||Every move I make or don't make Jason will have to live with or the next ten years of his life!|
|John Matthews:||Every move I make, or don't make, Jason will have to live with for the next ten years of his life!|
|John Matthews:||There is no way I'm going to let either side dictate our fates.|
|Juan Carlos "El Topo" Pintera:||What if I did it for him? What if I helped you make arrests?|