A desperate father infiltrates a powerful drug cartel in order to save his son from a 10-year prison sentence in this crime drama based on actual events. Arrested on charges of drug distribution after he’s caught with a package of Ecstasy, 18-year-old Jason Collins (Rafi Gavron) faces a mandatory ten-year sentence in a federal prison. But Jason’s father John (Dwayne Johnson) knows that his son is no drug dealer, and vows to do whatever it takes to win back his freedom. When Jason refuses an offer to reduce his sentence by setting someone up to take a big fall, John pleads with U.S. Attorney Joanne Keeghan (Susan Sarandon) to let him go undercover, and gather enough evidence to convict the real power players. With the help of ex-con-turned-family man Daniel (Jon Bernthal), John is hot on the trail of Malik (Michael Kenneth Williams), a vicious drug dealer and the leader of a notorious street gang. Meanwhile, in his efforts to free his son, John may have inadvertently put Daniel’s family in jeopardy. Later, when the growing trail of clues leads John to ruthless cartel leader Juan Carlos “El Topo” Pintera (Benjamin Bratt), the loyal father vows not to let his fate be dictated by the ambitious powers that be on either side of the law. Barry Pepper also stars.
3 stars out of 4 — “Johnson is terrific, as he further matures as an actor….It’s a far more nuanced performance than he’s given before.” (USA Today)
“[I]t generates a feeling of real desperation and fear as it shows a man getting in way over his head when he takes on some very bad guys.” (Hollywood Reporter)
3 stars out of 4 — “SNITCH keeps you off-balance and guessing throughout…” (Chicago Sun-Times)
“[A] moderately engaging character study of men driven to dangerous extremes by desperation….Johnson is a consummate entertainer…” (A.V. Club)
“[T]he simple pleasures of crunching, ear-battering mayhem and revenge-driven brawn smashing bad guys to pieces cannot be denied…” (Total Film)
3 stars out of 5 — “Johnson gives a thoughtful, toned-down performance…” (Empire)