ReviewWriter: Siti Munawirah MustaffaWriter Ratings:Overall: Cast: Plot: Effects: Cinematography: Watch this if you liked:
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The name 'Dwayne Johnson' alone might be just enough to repel you from the screen and the reviewer initially was no exception in this case. However, after spending two hours at the cinema alone, the reviewer would admit that for the first time ever, Johnson a.k.a. The Rock has gone past his rocky acting skills seen in "The Scorpion King" and is finally taking his role more seriously in "Snitch".
Does this mean the man famous for his trademark arched eyebrows is ready to run for Best Actor? Well, not really but at least it's refreshing to see the six footer evolve into a more vulnerable character of a caring father.
Under Ric Roman Waugh's direction, Johnson plays family man John Matthews who is willing to go the extra mile just to have his imprisoned son, Jason (Rafi Gavron) out of jail after the latter was charged for distributing drugs. Based on true events, this film depicts the flawed federal drug policy of the United States where those under confinement are encouraged to snitch on their accomplices. Jason, who is snitched by his own best friend, refuses to do the same and submits himself to the jail term of 10 years minimum. Feeling responsible and guilty for previously neglecting his son, John goes undercover for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to find the drug distribution's kingpin in order to set Jason free.
Whilst Johnson's acting has dramatically improved, it was Jon Bernthal who stole the limelight. The "The Walking Dead" star nailed his role as ex-convict Daniel James who repents for his past but soon finds himself dragged into the dark side not long after as a way of helping John, his employer at the construction company. Susan Sarandon's performance is also worth noting as she plays a dragon lady, US Attorney Joanne Keegan who runs an anti-drug campaign and puts John's life at stake to win for election.
Like any other film of the same genre, the gun shots, car chases and physical fistfights are obligatory. The difference here is that the actions are nicely paced, not overly exaggerated and involves a lot more of the characters' emotions, thus giving the film a more realistic feel.
Although "Snitch" would never be nominated for the Oscars, it's definitely worth watching and a lot brainier as compared to the likes of "Die Hard" franchise and "The Last Stand".Cinema Online, 07 March 2013