Friday, February 22, 2013

Snitch Review - 2 Stars

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has a winning presence on screen and generally satisfies his fans.  He plays a concerned dad in “Snitch” whose son accepts a package shipment full of drugs from a friend.  The kid signs for the package and gets sent away possibly for ten years for drug dealing.  Turns out the kid shipped the drugs to implicate the other boy and reduce his sentence.  So the Rock takes the bull by the horns and goes to the federal attorney and offers to go undercover as a drug informant.  “Snitch” has a good cast, including Susan Sarandon as the federal attorney and Benjamin Bratt as a drug kingpin.  I was most excited to see a big screen appearance by “Omar” from “The Wire”—actor Michael K. Williams—as the usual bad news drug dealer.  However, elements of “Snitch” really made me uncomfortable, especially a plot line in which The Rock entraps an ex con trying to go straight into helping him with his plan.  It may be hard to believe but sometimes the means really don’t justify the ends.  “Snitch” is watchable but forgettable.  Does it deliver what it promises?  Crime thriller.  Is it entertaining?  Watchable.  Is it worth the price of admission?  Not really.