Contrary to what it appears in the trailer, “Snitch” actually provides the audience with a plot and flow that is at least acceptably developed. The movie does not contain a ridiculous amount of action that takes up the entire near two hours, but delivers a crowd pleasing action flick that actually has a storyline.
“Snitch” follows John Matthew (Dwayne Johnson), a father who goes undercover for the DEA in order to free his son who was imprisoned after being set up in a drug deal. Though the plot seems a bit ridiculous, the story is based off real events.
The flow of the movie progresses at a pretty good pace, with little slowness, minus some small parts. The script by Justin Haythe and Ric Roman Waugh progresses rather naturally, with some action thrown in for good measure, but not so much that it is over kill.
However, there are aspects of the movie that are not so successful. Some points are a bit over dramatic and are almost begging the viewer to feel bad for a kid that they know little about. The acting by all of the women is below par; even Sarandon is rather iffy in her performance. The men are not always much better, but at least some, including Bernthal, Pepper and Bratt do an adequate job. Being a fan of “The Wire,” it was rather spot on to see Michael Kenneth Williams in a role not too different from his iconic character of Omar. He also gave a fine performance.
The direction of Waugh is a bit off kilter at points and not in a good way. At times, the direction is a little disorienting in the action sequence and it makes it hard to focus on what is going on. This is not throughout the entire movie, mostly in the first half.
The overall result of the movie is a crowd pleaser pure and simple. It won’t be winning any awards, but if one wants to see some bad guys get got and a man fight for his family, then this is the movie to see. However, if one is looking for high quality, this may be one to skip.