Snitch Sunday, 29 March 2020

Snitch

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Drug use and violence.

  • The pitch:

    A series of bad choices leads to a good car chase.

  • Starring:

    Dwayne Johnson, Susan Sarandon, Barry Pepper, Jon Bernthal, Michael Kenneth Williams, Rafi Gavron, Melina Kanakaredes, Nadine Velazquez, Benjamin Bratt, Harold Perrineau

  • Directed by:

    Ric Roman Waugh

  • Running time:

    112 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Doors get smashed in. Guns get drawn, pointed at people. People get shot, kicked, beaten, punched. Dangerous driving resulting in collisions, rollovers, explosions, serious injury. Yelling, shouting. An assaulted man requires 36 stitches (discussed). Bodies dumped in barrels full of acid (speculated). A man is choked to death. Blood/gore: Blood splatter, blood pools. Blood on clothing, heads, faces, splattered on walls. blood nose. Split lip. Bruising, cuts. Corpses seen in a pit.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Kissing.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Drug smuggling (ecstasy pills, cocaine). Drug deals, drug dens, drug bust, drug mules, cartels. Ecstasy, narcotics, marijuana/pot (mentioned). Cocaine is snorted from a blade. Alcohol (beer, spirits). Smoking.

  • LANGUAGE:

    S-words, a-words, derogatory slang for females and genitalia. Name-calling and derogatory insults. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES:

    Drug trafficking/smuggling, blended families, parenting, bad choices, taking risks, extreme parenting methods, father-son relationships, making ends meet, integrity, informants, vigilante justice.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Barbecuing meat. Divorce (mentioned). Estranged parents. Prison setting. Courtroom setting. Some Spanish language (subtitled). Spitting. Welding causes sparks and flashes (mild strobe effect). Loosely based on true events.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Fast-paced when it needs to be. Nuanced performance from Johnson. Entertaining. Strong supporting cast. Good action sequences.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Lags in the middle. Implausible.

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