Starts June 6, 2013
Directed by: Ric Roman Waugh
Writing credits: Justin Haythe, Ric Roman Waugh
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Barry Pepper, Jon Bernthal, Susan Sarandon, Rafi Gavron
Length: 112 minutes
A naïve teenager (Gavron) unwittingly accepts a delivery of ecstasy pills for a friend, gets caught, and is looking at a 10-year jail sentence for this first time offence. He refuses to help himself by implicating or entrapping anybody else. His father (Johnson) – determined to get his son’s sentence reduced – enters into an unusual deal with U.S. Attorney Joanne Keeghan (Sarandon): he will help facilitate the conviction of an important drug kingpin instead.
The script is “inspired by real events”. What makes it interesting is a new angle on the action thriller genre. Though there is no lack of suspenseful action scenes directed by stuntman turned director Ric Roman Waugh, it puts the spotlight on how the mandatory minimum sentencing laws in the U.S. are applied with questionable results, and how drug trafficking defendants may be coerced to take part in dangerous sting operations. (See www.snitch-movie.com/infographics for some insights on the subject). In a performance without depth, Dwayne Johnson doesn’t ‘connect’ with his co-stars and doesn’t seem to belong, while Jon Bernthal is convincing as his reluctant collaborator Daniel and Barry Pepper does a fine job as Agent Cooper. (Carola A.)