Friday, December 27, 2013

Snitch - DVD Review

Starring Dwayne Johnson, Susan Sarandon, Barry Pepper, Jon Bernthal, Michael K. Williams, Melina Kanakaredes, Nadine Velasquez and Benjamin Bratt.  Directed by Ric Roman Waugh.


Good acting by Johnson, maybe his best yet. I know the joke is that's not saying much, but this movie has more on its mind than mindless action. It's primarily a critique against mandatory minimum sentencing laws in the screwed-up drug war. When a teenage son gets arrested after his "friend" mails him some drugs, his father (Johnson) makes a deal with the DA (Susan Sarandon), that she'll reduce his sentence if the father helps bring down some bigger fish. The stakes get raised and the climax winds up straining credulity, but overall it was a decent rental.

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