Friday 24 November 2017

Dwayne needs to kick a bit more ass

Gritty crime thriller Snitch
Gritty crime thriller Snitch

Paul Whitington

Snitch (12A, general release, 112 minutes) 2 STARS

Director: Ric Roman Waugh Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Susan Sarandon, Barry Pepper, Benjamin Pratt

Is a Dwayne Johnson film really a Dwayne Johnson film if he doesn't get to kick someone's ass every now and then? It's a dilemma that the makers of this dour crime thriller ought to have considered before casting the big man.

The Rock plays John Mathews, a construction boss who's horrified when he finds out that his teenage son has landed himself in trouble.

After being persuaded by a friend to stash some drugs, Jason (Rafi Gavron) is arrested in a sting and sentenced to 10 years in jail.

His horrified dad persuades the authorities to reduce the boy's sentence if John can help ensnare a major drug dealer.

Snitch is competently put together, if a little muddled and slightly too long. The excellent Barry Pepper adds a dash of colour as an undercover cop, and Michael Kenneth Williams from The Wire plays a convincing hood. But while John is supposedly meek and mild, Johnson just doesn't look ordinary enough. And when The Rock is set upon by a gang of drug dealers, you find yourself wishing he'd just pile-drive the lot of them.

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