Ric Roman Waugh
Dwayne Johnson has previously used his likable charisma to branch out as an actor, although the results have been decidedly mixed. (Remember SOUTHLAND TALES or THE TOOTH FAIRY, anyone?) While SNITCH isn't going to win the actor any awards, it does prove that The Rock definitely has more to offer audiences than just his muscles.
SNITCH is a solid film that doesn't offer much in the way of surprises, but honestly never fails to entertain. It's also more of a suspenseful drama than an action film, so if you're expecting to turn your brain off and watch The Rock bodyslam bad guys for 90 minutes, this isn't the movie for you. (I don't even think Johnson wears short sleeves at any point, though amazingly you can still see his ripped physique through his jacket.) There are a few exciting beatsóa minor car chase and a couple fightsóbut this is a movie where The Rock opts to go through the monotony of the judicial system to save his son instead of punching his way to freedom.
It's great to see the actor relying solely on his acting chops to sell the story of a father frustratingly backed in to a corner and Johnson does a good job showing off his range. He's also backed up by a very solid supporting cast that helps make the film more memorable, including former "Walking Dead" star Jon Bernthal as an ex-con also looking out for his family, "The Wire's" Michael K. Williams as a dangerous drug dealer, Susan Sarandon as a U.S. Attorney, and an almost unrecognizable Barry Pepper playing a federal agent with the world's greatest beard. Not a lot of big names, but everybody brings something to the table alongside Johnson.
SNITCH is ultimately a "message" movie, pointing out the potentially unjust practice of mandatory minimum drug sentencing. It serves as good motivation for the movie's plot (letting them use the "Inspired by true events!" tag) and never gets too political one way or the other, but if you're sensitive to "preachy" films, just know that SNITCH will definitely get its point across. And you always listen to whatever The Rock has to say.
Commentary with writer/director Ric Roman Waugh and editor Jonathan Chibnall: Both men provide a good back-and-forth track with a good mix of production stories and technical info. You also get some insight in to the inspiration behind the movie and its message.
Privileged Information (49:37): This Making Of documentary is surprisingly long and thorough, covering the casting, production, stunts and also providing some real-life background on mandatory minimum laws.
Deleted Scenes (5:35): A few character moments, save for one scene that was probably cut to protect the film's PG-13 rating.
A Theatrical Trailer and UltraViolet Digital Copy are also included.
Though SNITCH is more of a drama than an action film, fans of The Rock should still enjoy his presence here. A solid rental.
Extra Tidbit:The Rock has a daughter. I feel bad for whoever's the first boyfriend she brings home to meet her dad.