Justice. On his terms.
Dwayne ‘THE ROCK’ Johnson stars as John Matthews, a father desperate enough to go undercover for the DEA in order to help his son out of a bad drug deal in SNITCH (2013). Co-written and directed by Ric Roman Waugh, Johnson’s “a tough guy” image prevails in this film that equals his imposing physique. Aside from the obviously intelligent research that went into making the film story-line, unfortunately, it is basically a film you’ve probably already seen before. Snitch really does focus on the tedious mandatory and sometimes brutal sentencing laws that are often lengthy and unfair prison times for the first time offenders.
Matthew’s son Jason (Rafi Gavron) gets pinned by a drug trafficking charge by accepting delivery of ecstasy–an illegal party drug–from a friend who wishes to hide the drugs. Of course, this “drug bust” is a set up because “the friend” was previously charged for a similar crime. What’s unfortunate, Jason neither sells nor uses drugs. Too bad for Jason though, he is facing a mandatory minimum sentencing of 10-years in federal prison. We can guess what happens to the handsome youth once he is behind bars–he gets involved in prison violence and his father, in order to save his son, enlists himself as a snitch and infiltrates the very dangerous drug cartel in order to exonerate his son from prison and the drug charges.
Aside from Dwayne Johnson making a strong appearance in nearly every cinema blockbuster film here lately–most recently Fast and Furious 6—Snitch is a pretty decent action-drama and is a comfortable “no-brainer” as far as the story and action go. However, the film presents rather brilliantly on Blu-Ray®. Overall, I do admire the familiar family vibe and detailed narrative the film depicts and it is really interesting to watch Susan Sarandon‘s performance in a film that has extremely different political values than her own. Though not all inclusive on the varying laws that dictate the incarceration sentencing for the first time offenders, I truly appreciate the films dramatic realism.
Definitely worth a rental.
SNITCH makes a stunning appearance on Blu-Ray® courtesy of Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The picture presentation (2.40:1/1080p/AVC) imagery is indeed masterfully. The film presents in the most immaculate cinematography I have ever seen on a Blu-Ray disc. The picture is clear throughout, no overshadowing, no dis-saturation of colors and textures and even the explosive action is depicted without imperfections. The disc audio also makes a crisp and balanced audio presentation (7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio).
The Blu-Ray® disc packaging is standard and includes an insert containing the codes to redeem the Ultraviolet (your movies in the cloud) and digital copy of Snitch from the iTunes marketplace. The disc extras features audio commentary from director Ric Roman Waugh and editor Jonathan Chibnall regarding Snitch production. Both make it obvious that they wanted to cast THE ROCK as the films main protagonist due to his physical stature alone.
The Making of Snitch features a thorough presentation regarding the federal drug policy that is the essential narrative for the film. Just don’t expect the policy to be “all inclusive.” The information is enough to lend to the films believability. Also included–deleted scenes, Snitch theatrical trailer and previews of other Lionsgate/Summit films.
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