Snitch is a straightforward movie that works hard on its character development. The movie is more of a slow burner than an action packed film, which creates a lot more impactful action and gives a great sense of urgency for the main characters. The cast is solid, save for a few scenes of awkward line delivery. Dwayne Johnson’s relatable performance is enjoyable and worth rooting for. Co-star Jon Bernthal is easily the standout from the crowd and provides emotional depth to the film. Overall, Snitch is entertaining, thoughtful, and moving. There’s an overall loose feel to the movie that prevents the movie from being highly praised, but it does enough to still be a good movie.
For the most part I’ve always been a sucker for father son stories. This aspect is why the movie, Snitch, was appealing for me. I’ve never paid too much attention to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson movies but this one looked great and I was interested to see how everything would play out.
Snitch tells the story of a father, John Matthews, who is forced to go into the drug business after his son is mistakenly charged with distribution of illegal drugs. If John Matthews can inform on local drug dealers than he can significantly reduce his son’s jail time.
Despite it’s advertising, Snitch is more of a slow burner family drama than an action packed film. The movie takes its time setting up its characters and story while letting the audience breathe. The pacing can feel a bit odd at times but I was able to look past it given the movie’s great characters. The downside is given the amount of time the movie takes you’d expect a little more impact and closure than the movie provides when all is said and done. Just when the climax starts to heat up things seemed to take an abrupt end and I felt like the ending came off as rushed. The father son aspect of the story felt a little under played and I feel as though the movie functioned more as a glimpse into the drug world as well as its consequences than an examination of the relationship between the father and son.
The action is very subdued in this movie and relies more on tension build up than explosive firefights and car chases. The movie’s calm pacing helps create such a great contrast that when the action scenes do heat up things feel so much more exciting, and since we’ve spent enough time getting to know the characters the action has more meaning. I really enjoyed the way the pacing played out in this movie and the balance between drama and action works great.
Snitch’s strongest aspect is easily its characters. Dwayne Johnson portrays a family man with a lucrative construction business who is faced with a difficult task of getting into the drug world to save his son. Johnson’s performance is relatable, and shows a great deal pain and frustration. It’s a different change of pace not seeing Johnson as the in control action star that we’ve grown accustom to given his repertoire, but it does work. Some of his line delivery can be a bit awkward but overall I really felt for his character and was entertained by the acting.
Although Johnson gives a solid performance, co-star Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead) ended up stealing the show for me. Bernthal portrays Daniel James, an ex-con who is trying to turn his life around for his family after being twice convicted with distribution. Bernthal provides a lot of the emotional depth in this film and I found myself so much more invested in his character and family. Bernthal gives an extremely strong performance and my only complaint is that there wasn’t enough closure with his story. He does a great job of portraying his reluctance and showing genuine willingness to turn his life around. His actions felt so much more powerful given the wonderful acting on his part.
Snitch features a wonderful cast who give solid performances. There are a few actors who I felt took me out of the movie from time to time, but it’s nothing drastic. Michael K. Williams and Barry Pepper were also a few other great notable mentions that helped make the film as entertaining as it was. I really liked the relationship between John Matthews and Daniel James and it is interesting to watch things unfold on screen as their different intentions begin to clash.
The film was an overall pleasant surprise that delivers as an entertaining family drama with a hint of action. There are a few instances where I found my suspension of disbelief tested. For instance, when John Matthews enters a drug dealers operation they never once searched him for weapons or a wire. These little details like this in the movie that could have been fixed had things been tighter but luckily these mistakes aren’t enough to break the movie. There’s an overall loose feel to the movie which prevents the movie from being highly praised.
Snitch is a straightforward movie that works hard on its character development. The movie is more of a slow burner than an action packed film, which creates a lot more impactful action and gives a great sense of urgency for the main characters. The cast is solid, save for a few scenes of awkward line delivery. Dwayne Johnson’s relatable performance is enjoyable and worth rooting for. Co-star Jon Bernthal is easily the standout from the crowd and provides emotional depth to the film. Overall, Snitch is subtle, thoughtful, and moving. There’s an overall loose feel to the movie that prevents the movie from being highly praised, but it does enough to still be a good and entertaining movie.
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