We have all seen it before, a sports figure who thinks he or she can act. The result is usually a hot mess. Summit Entertainment’s ‘Snitch’ appears to be an exception to the rule. The film starring Dwayne Johnson (John Matthews) proves that sometimes athletes successfully make the leap to the big screen.
The movie is loosely based on the lives of John Matthews and his teenage son, Jason Collins (Rafi Gavron). Jason has had the misfortune to get bused by the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), for accepting a delivery of drugs. He is offered a deal to inform (snitch) on the suppliers. When he refuses, his father agrees to become an undercover federal informant in exchange for reducing his son’s sentence.
Filled with action and suspense, this movie is surprisingly entertaining. With testosterone filled gun play, car chases, and crashes it ups the thrill ante as the duo take on the infamous Mexican drug kingpin, Juan Carlos 'El Topo' Pintera (Benjamin Bratt). Hint: Cars are no match for eighteen wheelers.
Of course, this is not just a guy’s only movie, the women include Melina Kanakaredes (Sylvie Collins), Nadine Velazquez (Analisa), Lela Loren (Vanessa), and Academy Award® winning actress, Susan Sarandon as Joanne Keeghan.
Dwayne (‘The Rock’) Johnson who is often seen in family comedies proves that he is able to portray more serious characters. In fact, he establishes that he is not flash in the pan when it comes to acting but a bona fide action hero. While I must admit that this film is a little light in the storyline area, he is able to bring more depth to his character. Audiences will surely connect with the father who sacrifices everything to save his son.
‘Snitch’ is an impressive film filled with loyalty, sacrifice, and love (don’t forget action). Make sure you also have tissues handy. There are few scenes that tug at the heart as Dwayne Johnson races against time to save the day.