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Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson stars in this action thriller as a loving father who goes undercover for the DEA to try and spare his son a prison sentence. Horrified when his teenage son is caught up in a drug bust that may see him serve over ten years in prison, John Matthews (Johnson) is determined to find a way to help. When he learns that the only way to reduce his son's punishment is to procure information that will lead to the arrest of more serious drug offenders, Matthews enters league with a cold-hearted federal prosecutor (Susan Sarandon) and sets out to infiltrate the operations of a notorious local drug dealer (Michael K. Williams). However, when John's 'snitching' brings to light the crimes of a major player on the drugs scene (Benjamin Bratt), he may well find himself in a worse predicament than his son...

Starring:
Dwayne Johnson, Susan Sarandon
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 52 minutes
Starring Dwayne Johnson, Susan Sarandon, Michael K. Williams, Benjamin Bratt, Nadine Velazquez, Jon Bernthal, Harold Perrineau, Barry Pepper, Melina Kanakaredes, Judd Lormand
Director Ric Roman Waugh
Studio ENTERTAINMENT ONE
Rental release 28 October 2013
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 52 minutes
Starring Dwayne Johnson, Susan Sarandon, Michael K. Williams, Benjamin Bratt, Nadine Velazquez, Jon Bernthal, Harold Perrineau, Barry Pepper, Melina Kanakaredes, Judd Lormand
Director Ric Roman Waugh
Studio ENTERTAINMENT ONE
Rental release 28 October 2013
Main languages English

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 May 2013
Format: DVD
Jason (Rafi Gavron) has friends that do drugs. One of them sends him drugs through the mail, which he was half-heatedly opposed. Jason gets busted as did his friend who turned witness against Jason, claiming he was going to help sell the drugs. Jason is faced with a mandatory 10 year sentence, along with all the other innocent people in prison unless he snitches on everyone he ever smoked a doobie with.

Jason refuses and would rather get beat up in prison. Dad (Dwayne Johnson) however has a different idea. He cuts an unorthodox deal the federal prosecutor (Susan Sarandon) that would give Jason a get of of jail free card, if he delivered them a felony conviction. Dad employs the help of an ex-con (Jon Bernthal)in his construction firm to make the contact. As Dwayne gets deeper and further up the food chain, the federal prosecutor wants more.

Clearly Dwayne is in way over his head. We really don't feel the peril as much as we should because it is Dwayne Johnson who we have seen out run, out gun, and beat up armies of evil men.

The acting was decent, even from the support cast. The plot and dialouge needed some help. The film attempts to show that mandatory sentencing laws are unfair and judges should have more leeway in sentencing, but it doesn't inundate you with the theme so as to interfere with the film.

A good semi-family film for Rock fans. One you might want your teen to see. This is another story based on true events. This one is more believable as it doesn't include aliens, ghosts or zombies. The explode on contact cars are still hard to swallow.

Parental Guide: No sex or nudity. No spoken F-bombs. A brief F-bomb in graffiti background most people will miss.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By chelios1981 on 17 Jun 2013
Format: Blu-ray
A good film, but it seems, a little muddled as to if it wants to be a serious thriller, preachy drama or all out action movie, thus not surprisingly it becomes a mix up of all three.

Honest but tough father Dwayne Johnson goes undercover to transport drugs in a deal to get his son out of prison, after the son gets caught up in the drug market by peer pressure.

What you get is a mix of action, drama and thriller that whilst has noble intentions in it's moral stance on the war against drugs, but does still need to appeal to the mass audience, and so the filmmakers throw in some wild car/truck chases and explosions to cater for Dwayne 'the rock' Johnsons fan base.

That said, all performances are excellent, with a good supporting cast and this film proves that Johnson, like in his earlier effort Gridiron gang can do serious films, with a believable range of emotions.

The movie is stylishly filmed and very much worth a watch, but slightly mixed and underwhelming.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By laurenn21 on 1 April 2014
Format: DVD
The trailer shows ALL the good bits. It is a very boring film no surprises no oh my god i didnt expect that! Its very predictable and rubbish surprised as the cast sounds hopefull.
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Format: Blu-ray
Dwayne Johnson has proved he is an epic action hero with some great movies to his name, this is yet another cool movie for him, a good little thriller about a man who goes undercover to take down a drug cartel to save his son from prison, its a well paced story with plenty of good action filtered throughout mainly car chases and some shootouts, pretty solid cast, very gritty and more realistic in terms of being based on true events, certainly worth checking out if your a fan of the Rock Johnson!! Good Blu-ray quality and a few good features!!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jules TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Nov 2013
Format: DVD
Dwayne Johnson stars as John Matthews, a wealthy construction owner whose old & new lives collide. His son Jason (Gavron) from his previous marriage is brought up on drug charges after being setup by a friend, and refuses to snitch on anyone on principle. And once John realizes the severity of the problem, in the serious jail time his son could do, he is willing to cut a deal with ambitious DA Joanne Keeghan (Sarandon) , and sets about delving into the seedy & dangerous narcotics underground in order to bring in a big drug dealer, in return for a reduced sentence for his son. But at what cost ?!

Snitch is in a way new ground for Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, he is shaking off his hard man persona & playing a regular guy who is more subdued than his usual confrontational characters that deal with problems head on outside of the law as his biceps do the talking. Based on true events, this is a much more realistic & mortal tale to a serious subject matter. Which is soon aparent in the first 30 minutes of this film, as instead of The Rock going out shooting the bad guys once the premise in unveiled, it delves into a emotional domino effect on every character involved. Through a series of tense meetings, the measure which John must go thorough, passing himself off as a desperate guy who needs money, in order to infiltrate the world of narcotics & win his son's freedom. There are a few action scenes in places, not all involving The Rock, but the big chase scene he is in, delivers a great performance from the big guy, where you can see the fear in his eyes, as he is helpless. I can't emphasize enough, that there is very little action compared to what his name attached to a movie normally ensures.
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