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by Madhumita Thakur (subscribe)
Freelance writer & journalist in the fields of lifestyle, technology and entertainment.
Published May 9th 2013
See Rock break bones and shed tears in one movie
Snitch revolves around an estranged father and son who are made to face each other after life throws them in a situation which could prove fatal to both their lives.


The official tagline of this movie says "How far would you go to save your son?" and that's exactly what the story takes you through. John's son is wrongly implicated in a drug dealing case and stands mandatory imprisonment of at least 10 years. The only way he can escape this is by helping the police nab some other drug dealer but when he refuses to implicate any of his friends, his father decides to go to extreme lengths to save his son from the clutches of law.

The movie starts on an interesting note and then loses some pace and steam in the middle, only to create a smashing comeback in the last 30 to 40 minutes. With cars flying, glasses smashing, goons chasing and guns firing, the last 30 minutes of the movie provide enough action to keep you on the edge of your seat. For those of you who enjoy watching Dwayne Johnson aka Rock, this would be a great movie.
Dwayne Johnson - Rock
Dwayne Johnson, Source - Wikipedia, Author - Eva Renaldi

Running parallel to the adrenaline pumping scenes are some tender and subtle father-son emotions which are controlled, yet these moments bring out the wonderful aspect of their relationship. Dwayne, as John Matthews, is effective in his role as a father who loves his son but is unable to express it enough to him, while Rafi Gavron plays the character of an emotional yet strong teenager with good depth, who is heartbroken after his parents' divorce. The telephonic conversation between the father-son duo, taking place in the jail, offers some warmth to this otherwise callous world of drug peddling, money laundering and merciless killing.

In terms of storyline, there's nothing which hasn't been seen before or dealt with in other Hollywood movies and there are some stereotypes, such as African Americans leading the drug distribution rackets, however what makes you sit up and take notice of this particular story is the fact that it is based on real life events. Susan Saradon, as the ambitious and manipulative lawyer who has political aspirations, does keep the script from meandering in between.
Susan Saradon
Susan Saradon, Source - Wikipedia, Author - David Shankbone

The background score is suitable, not smashing. John Bernthal as Daniel James, a worker in John Matthews Construction Company, renders just the right support to the script and exhibits his apprehensions arising out of his chequered past.

Overall Verdict:
The individual elements of this movie aren't particularly great however the director, Ric Roman, has creatively sewn them together to create coherence and delivered what the audience would typically look out for in this movie action instigated by drama and emotions. The Rock deserves applause for pulling off his role with great elan, showing to the world that while he can break bones, he can shed tears too.

Have a go at it if action is your genre, while the rest can watch it for Dwayne Johnson (who is also the producer of this movie) for his rock solid performance.

Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Susan Saradon, John Bernthal, Rafi Gavron
Release Date (Australia): 9th May 2013
Direction: Ric Roman Waugh
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Rating: PG-13
Duration: 112 minutes
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Why? Because Rock is Rock
When: From 9th May 2013 onwards
Where: At a cinema near you
Cost: Depends on which ticket you buy
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