Snitch - a Film Review

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Actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson gives a powerful performance in the action drama Snitch opening in theaters this weekend. The film, based on true accounts, takes you on a suspense filled ride under the fine direction of famous stuntman Ric Roman Waugh. Although the film does provide insight about how the justice system works, the hard knocks story does add a lot of ‘Hollywood’.

As the movie opens, we find 18-year-old Jason Collins (Rafi Gavron) talking to his best buddy on Skype about a package he will be sending to him. The FBI is there when Jason receives the package containing enough drugs to get him arrested. Having been set up by his friend, Jason gets whisked away to a nearby detention center. Sylvie Collins (Melina Kanakaredes) calls her ex-husband John Matthews (Dwayne Johnson) at his trucking company and fills him in on what has happened. After chatting with Jason and a lawyer, they find out that the sentence for his wrong doing is a mandatory 10 years due to the amount of drugs.

On a second visit to talk with Jason, John gets more information on how he was set-up by his friend and notices he has been abused by inmates. He decides to meet with U.S. Attorney Joanne Keeghan (Susan Sarandon) in an attempt to get his son’s sentence reduced pre-trial. Keeghan tells him that the only way it can be done is if Jason turns in someone who has been involved with drug trafficking. Jason denies knowing anyone and refuses to lie to get one of his friends to take the fall. When John goes to Keeghan with a plan that he will find a drug ring and help her bring it down in return for a lighter sentence, she thinks he’s going nuts.

The film has a solid plot, but a little unbelievable that Matthews could really pull off what we witness in the film. The one thing that’s clear; however, what happened to Jason could happen in real life and according to a PBS "Frontline" documentary, it did. In order to get off with a lighter sentence on his...
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