Film, Drama
3 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

As close as a movie can come to being recommendable while not quite getting it all together, this crime drama falls frustratingly short of turning into something striking. The premise, while based on a true story, is beyond ludicrous – a decent dad (Dwayne Johnson) turns drug trafficker and informant to plea down his college-bound son’s maximum jail sentence – but the movie is shot in such a gritty, class-conscious style that you almost buy it. The characters’ economic desperation is palpable, and you thrill to some utterly believable supporting turns from The Wire’s Michael K Williams (scary local dealer), Susan Sarandon (politically ambitious prosecutor) and Barry Pepper (bearded, wizened narc). But our leading man is too physically inflated, too earnest, too much of a walking caricature to be persuasive. Snitch is a movie that cries out for the wiry B stars of yore: Robert Forster, a younger Tommy Lee Jones. And it would have occurred to a craftier screenwriter to make his hero’s walk on the criminal wild side a touch more tempting.



Release details

Release date:
Thursday May 16 2013
112 mins

Cast and crew

Ric Roman Waugh
Dwayne Johnson
Barry Pepper
Jon Bernthal
Susan Sarandon

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