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A father goes undercover for the DEA in order to free his son, who was imprisoned after being set up in a drug deal.

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Ric Roman Waugh
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dwayne Johnson ... John Matthews
Barry Pepper ... Agent Cooper
Jon Bernthal ... Daniel James
Susan Sarandon ... Joanne Keeghan
Michael Kenneth Williams ... Malik (as Michael K. Williams)
Rafi Gavron ... Jason Collins
Melina Kanakaredes ... Sylvie Collins
Nadine Velazquez ... Analisa
Benjamin Bratt ... Juan Carlos 'El Topo' Pintera
Lela Loren ... Vanessa
JD Pardo ... Benicio
David Harbour ... Jay Price
Harold Perrineau ... Jeffery Steele
Kyara Campos Kyara Campos ... Isabelle Matthews
James Allen McCune ... Craig
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Storyline

Construction company owner John Matthews learns that his estranged son, Jason, has been arrested for drug trafficking. Facing an unjust prison sentence for a first time offender courtesy of mandatory minimum sentence laws, Jason has nothing to offer for leniency in good conscience. Desperately, John convinces the DEA and the opportunistic DA Joanne Keeghan to let him go undercover to help make arrests big enough to free his son in return. With the unwitting help of an ex-con employee, John enters the narcotics underworld where every move could be his last in an operation that will demand all his resources, wits and courage to survive. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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How far would you go to save your son?

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Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for drug content and sequences of violence | See all certifications »

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Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

22 February 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El infiltrado See more »

Filming Locations:

El Paso, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,167,607, 24 February 2013, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$42,930,462

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$57,824,674
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Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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When Daniel James (Jon Bernthal) takes his son away from some local gang members, one of them tells the other that James is a shot caller. In 2017, Bernthal stars in a movie called "Shot Caller" also directed by Ric Roman Waugh. See more »

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In the first scene with John Matthews, he uses a practice putting green in his office while on the phone. After walking over to a window that overlooks the warehouse, and then turning back to his desk, the practice putting green is missing. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Craig: That party we just threw, there were over a thousand people there, bro.
Jason Collins: No way. Oh, my God. I can't wait to get up there.
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References Enchanted (2007) See more »

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Performed by Marcus and Alvin Merriett
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Informing your way out of a jackpot
25 February 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Snitch is a searing indictment against the current drug laws and the fact that the draconian principles behind them. As we see in this film it forces those ensnared to become police informants on friends to get themselves out of a jackpot. Young Rafi Gavron gets himself in such a jackpot as a friend who does deal drugs sets Gavron up beautifully with enough Ecstasy to guarantee at least 10 years in Federal Penitentiary.

Young Gavron can work his way out of his jackpot, but the problem is that other than the kid who set him up, he doesn't know anyone in the illegal drug trade.

Dwayne Johnson is the kid's father and a working man who owns a construction company. He's divorced from Melina Kanakaredes, Gavron's mother and now he's got a second wife and child. Still he sees US Attorney Susan Sarandon and she's small comfort. She's running for elective office and is looking to get some big drug fish as notches on the prosecutorial gun.

So Johnson volunteers to bring in the big fish himself. Now he offers the use of his trucks to be drug couriers. But Sarandon and DEA agent Barry Pepper keep him in the game hoping for a bigger fish. Soon enough its one of the biggest fishes out there, a veritable whale in Mexican cartel leader Benjamin Bratt.

For action fans Snitch will definitely satisfy you. But also Dwayne Johnson creates a real character not a superhero. He's just an average man who is really putting himself in harm's way for his son.

The film reminds me a lot of both versions of 3:10 To Yuma where Van Heflin and Christian Bale are just citizens pressed into some disagreeable action like Johnson for the forces of law and order. There are also elements of the Robert Mitchum classic The Friends Of Eddie Coyle where Mitchum gets caught in the switches between the law and his criminal pals and is forced into the role of informer. The difference is that Mitchum is a petty crook and Johnson's a stand-up guy.

Susan Sarandon will chill you no end as the ambitious US Attorney who knows these laws are foul, but will use them for her own purposes. Also Barry Pepper as the law enforcement professional has some qualms and conscience. But even he's looking for the big bust and is willing to put Johnson on the line for it.

Snitch deals with the federal drug laws, but here in New York we pioneered that with the draconian Rockefeller drug laws. The sooner they're repealed the better, but we have to get through to some politicians who parade their law and order credentials by sponsoring such things.

This is a film both entertaining and informative and a real triumph for Dwayne Johnson.


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