Snitch 2013

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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:
Michael K. Williams, Melina Kanakaredes
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

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

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William Mason TOP 50 REVIEWER on 30 Dec. 2014
Format: DVD
Jason's an eighteen year old guy who does a favour for his best friend Craig, by accepting a delivery of prohibited drugs, Ecstacy tablets. He gets busted by the D.E.A. and is facing a mandatory minimum ten year prison sentence for his felony offence. Jason's clearly never heard the Grange Hill mantra "Just Say No". He gets denied bail pending Trial.
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson plays Jason's father, John, a forty-something divorced chap, who runs a successful construction business.
Jason's attorney tells him that if he acts as a snitch, and gives evidence against his friends who use or deal drugs, his minimum ten year sentence gets knocked down to two years. Jason obstinately refuses to rat out his mates, notwithstanding pressure from his mum and dad to assist the prosecuting attorney. Susan Sarandon plays the attorney.
John reaches an unusual arrangement with the state prosecutor, on the basis that he will act as a quasi-investigator and undercover agent, to help trace and reveal the drug barons whom his son won't disclose. The quid pro for this is that Jason will have a "Get Out Of Jail Free" card and be released. What follows then is a more lively second half of the movie, as The Rock does what he does best, and starts using his own very particular set of skills to get to grips with a drug warlord...
This is a slow-burner thriller, which unfolds its story at a very leisurely pace. The principal concept of a state prosecuting attorney calling upon a lay person, to infiltrate a dangerous and ruthless drugs gang, as the price for securing the immediate release of an accused felon, is quite hard to swallow. Susan Sarandon is a great actress but she's criminally wasted in a peripheral role in this movie, which is a great pity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kilrymont on 3 Dec. 2014
Format: DVD
Just caught this on Netflix so I hadn't coughed up for the DVD on this one but it's fair to say I don't review every film I see on Netflix... The average ones tend to be forgotten extra-fast and the good ones are - rarish items these days with so much emphasis placed on guns, explosions and instant-gratification for the senses rather than giving a chance to appreciate good script, classy acting, great direction.

For me, this one was going to be a potboiler as all I wanted was a simple movie to pass an hour or two and not make demands of me as I've been really tired today. But I didn't get that - instead I found I'd chosen one that had presence despite its lead being known better for his physique than his shakespearean delivery.

But The Rock did a decent job given the material he was allowed. Daniel in the movie was utterly convincing although the drug dealers were maybe a bit too - just exactly how they're usually portrayed, as undereducated AfroAmericans, many of them heavy and very large indeed. And the Mexican dealer El Supremo was just as he should have been too.

Barry Pepper always turns in a good midrange performance and he does so here too, as does the lovely Susan Sarandon who seems to have decided that small/cameo parts are enough for her these days. A pity, as to me she's always been a very bankable presence onscreen. On this occasion she's the hardfaced "dragon lady" State Prosecutor with the power to free the hero's son after he's busted for a narcotics offence.

As better plots do, this one developed nicely - if perhaps a shade predictably. That latter point's a hard one to evade these days when we see so many movies in an average year. It means that if one's to impress it does have to give more than its stablemates do.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By STEVENSEAGALFAN on 23 Dec. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Great film which is based on true events. Dwayne Johnson(the rock) who plays the farther of a convicted drug dealer, who will do any thing to release his son from a 30 year prison sentence. His son who was wrongly accused of drug distribution but trying to prove it is hard, but Johnson goes undercover with the help of the U.S. Attorney(susan Sarandon). All I can say is this film is very gripping, and shows the true love a farther will do for his son.

***FEATURES BELOW***

Privileged information: The making of snitch
Audio commentary with director Ric roman Waugh and editor jonathan chibnall
Deleted scenes
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Format: Blu-ray
Construction company owner John Matthews learns that his estranged son, Jason, has been arrested for drug trafficking. Facing an unjust prison sentence for a first time offender courtesy of mandatory minimum sentence laws, Jason has nothing to offer for leniency in good conscience. Desperately, John convinces the DEA and the opportunistic DA Joanne Keeghan to let him go undercover to help make arrests big enough to free his son in return. With the unwitting help of an ex-con employee, John enters the narcotics underworld where every move could be his last in an operation that will demand all his resources, wits and courage to survive.

Well directed, good solid acting beliveable and with a good supporting cast. The film moves at a deliberate pace wich gives it a real natural feel to it, the action scenes are good and not over the top like in some films.

This is a film both entertaining, informative and inspired by true events. Enjoy!
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