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Bettie's Box Office: Snitch Movie Review

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 05:06 PM CDT

You're probably wondering which one of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's characters will be showing up for Snitch. Is it the rugged action hero bounty hunter from The Rundown? The zany hockey player who became The Tooth Fairy? Well, Johnson has a new character - the "normal guy" - and I kind of like it!

In Snitch (terrible title), Johnson plays John Mathews, a divorced father and the owner of a trucking company. His life gets turned upside down when his naïve son gets caught up in a drug sting. John's determined to do whatever he can to free his son, even if it means going undercover to help the Feds make an even bigger drug arrest. Despite the premise (and his intimidating size and appearance), Johnson gives a pretty even dramatic performance. Most of John's actions are motivated by desperation instead of bravery. It doesn't take him long to realize him long to realize that he's in way over his head and he's getting played by both the good guys and the bad guys.

Susan Sarandon is a nice surprise as a power-hungry federal prosecutor, and if you're a fan of The Wire, you'll probably recognize Michael Kenneth Williams as the ruthless drug dealer, Malik. The movie gets a little preachy about federal drug sentencing laws, but my biggest irritation was that some of the film was shot here, so it gets under your skin when you see Austin's beautiful skyline and are told that it's in Missouri.

There's a good tension level throughout the movie, and as you'd expect, it ends with a bang (several, actually). Snitch is rated PG-13 for drug content and sequences of violence, but there's nothing really worse than what you'd see on network television. Snitch opens Friday, February 22.

By Bettie Cross

Bettie's Box Office: Snitch Movie Review

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