Director: Ric Roman Waugh
Cast: Dwayne Johnson,Susan Sarandon,Jon Bernthal,Benjamin Bratt
The Indian Express rating: **
LET’S get two things out of the way. Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson can’t emote,not even with cameras lingering hopefully on his tear-less eyes. And if there is a district attorney in the picture,he/she is sure to be standing for election to an office.
That being said,Snitch is a surprise for an action movie with an action star directed by a stuntman. Rather than violence,of which there is ample opportunity,the film tries to capture the effect that its possibility has on lives. It also strives to get the atmosphere of the drug business,from the lowly dealers to the high cartels,right,even if in a larger-than-life way.
Johnson plays John,an everyday guy in a business suit with a computer on his desk and lots of documents to clear. If you can get past those muscles,he is quite subdued in his construction-businessman look,even getting his face being rubbed into the sidewalk at one time. John finds himself on the wrong side of the law when his estranged 18-year-old son gets caught with drugs that he was only holding for a friend.
His son faces at least 10 years in jail unless John helps the authorities capture a high-end drug dealer. That’s the incongruous deal (in a liberal interpretation of the law) offered by DA Joanne Keeghan (Sarandon). She has only grudging support of Agent Cooper (the talented Barry Pepper in an unfortunate get-up) in this.
Once those pieces have been set,you know there is only way this game will end. And much as director Waugh lingers over it,that remains the truth.