Few action films make a political statement when it comes to legal issues, and The Snitch is just one of the few.
Directed by Ric Roman Waugh, The Snitch follows the true story of an 18 year old boy who commits the grave mistake of accepting a suspicious package from a friend, which is detected by the American federal police. Jason Matthews, the name of the character, is whisked away to a holding cell where he and his family are told that he has received a mandatory minimum 10 year sentence in federal prison.
Jason being sentenced
John Matthews (The Rock) visits attorney Joanne Keeghan (Susan Sarandon) in an appeal to reduce his son's sentence. Joanne tells John that if he busts one of the most renowned drug dealers, she will reduce the sentence.
The rest of the plot ventures into the action-packed world of car chases, shootings, and intel operations; the kind of things you normally see in every action movie.
What gives the film its redeeming factor, though, is that at least the intention behind the movie is unique. It is soaked in a stew of political passion. Jason is convicted of a naive mistake and is harshly paying for it in jail where he is assaulted by other inmates. Here, the film is saying that the legal justice system in America doesn't leave room for uninformed mistakes.
As the film ends, a fact is presented at the film's end which tells that the average sentence for a first time non-violent drug offender is now longer than the average sentence for rape, manslaughter and child molestation.
Here the film presents a critique of the American legal system and how any person can be an innocent victim, as seen in the case of Jason.
But for those of you that do not have a ventured interest in politics, the film is still watchable because of the story itself. The dark shades of lighting in the film really add to the 'doom and gloom' theme of the situation.
Although the acting itself isn't necessarily 'top-notch', action movie lovers and political buffs will certainly get a squeeze of enjoyment from watching this film.