"Snitch", is typically a deragatory term or label placed on those that betray the code of the streets, which is under no circumstances do you consult the police regarding the identity of perpetrators of any crime. This is the case of most if not all neigborhoods around the world... but what would YOU do?
Today's war on drugs enforces a law that demands a minimum maximum sentence for any drug conviction unless you "Snitch" on others in your organization. Unfortunately, most are first time offenders who don't give up bigger criminals but often lesser ones through acts of coersion and entrapment.
This proposes a difficult predicament. The unwritten code of the street is that you don't snitch but when it's to save your own blood, flesh and bone like your son or daughter, the code of the street may no longer apply. But should it apply at all. This movie gives us an opportunity to explore that question? Should the neighborhood lay victim to the result of sloppy retaliation efforts of those running in gangs and playing the drug game or should boundaries be set that players in the game have to be accountable for? Should the neighborhood be quiet when a stray bullet in a drive by hits a child or an innocent bystander or should the Generals in the game hold their people accountable for not running a tighter hit? When it's stranger involved it might be easy to dismiss but when it's your family caught up in the game through little to no fault of their own you might think different.
This is what John Matthews, played by "The Rock" Dwayne Johnson, faced in his role as a father in the action suspense film 'Snitch'. John is a construction business man and estranged father of 17 year old son Jason Collins, played by Rafi Gavron. Jason reluctantly gets sucked into an illegal drug transaction where he is busted and faces the maximum minimum sentence of 10 years of hard time in Federal Prison.
This isn't your typical macho man, chest pounding, He-Man flick your used to seeing from "The Rock" but a more real world account of how an average business man and father might take on the forces of the under world to save his child. Rest assured if you keep it real your going to take your share of beat downs no matter how street you are. You might also like to know that the story is based on events taken from a real life story covered by PBS Frontline back in 1999. So it IS real. Something like this really did happen.
So as a desperate father determined not to let his son be succomb by the ugly depths of the Federal Penetentiary John makes a deal with the DEA to be the snitch on his sons behalf when his son refused to entrap his innocent friends the way his friend did him.
For help John turns to his employee staff, as the construction business is usually a common refuge for excons seeking employment. He finds Daniel James, played by Jon Bernthal, an excon and former shot caller looking to straighen out life, avoid a third strike and get his family on the right path. After some relectuncy John persuades him with a large pay day that is sure to help move his family farther away from his checkered past.
Daniel introduces John to Malik, King of the Streets, played by no other than Micheal Kenneth Williams of The Wire and the Boardwalk Empire. After a test run John passes the test and gets the interest of the Juan Carlos 'El Topo' Pintera leader of the Mexican drug Cartel played by veteran actor Benjamin Bratt. The District Attorney played by Susan Sarandon, gets thirsty for a bigger bust and John soon gets sucked into a drug run that is destined to be a one way death trap with no return. Determined not to be minipulated by either side John puts his own plan into action and that's when the bullets start to fly.
Overal 'The Rock' gives a respectable performance that will prove to be an example of his range as an actor. The story overall is good for the entire family with respect to children under 13. The role and importance of the father in a child's eyes is made clear and can serve as an example and lesson for both parent and children alike. Although there a few big explosive scenes the big screen is not necessarily needed to enjoy this film although it is still enjoyable. For that matter we suggest you catch the matinee for this film.
Doing Hard Time
So getting back to my question earlier. What should be done when the gangsters get sloppy. Here's a story about a man that takes over when all else fails. If you like 'Snitch' but want to stay home and make a movie night check out this flick.
Michael (Boris Kodjoe) turns to crime in the name of justice in this hard-hitting drama.
He was a good father and a law-abiding citizen until the day his seven-year-old son was accidentally killed in an exchange of gunfire between two gangs of drug dealers. Michael became obsessed with seeing the gunmen brought to justice, but when the murder charges were dropped and the shooters were given a short sentence for drug possession, Michael decided to take matters into his own hands. Michael commits a crime so that he will be placed in the same prison as the men who took his son's life; once there, he can take their lives in exchange for the life they took. But Michael seriously underestimates the ruthlessness of the prison population and must fight for his own survival before he can carry out his plan. Doing Hard Time also stars Micheal Kenneth Williams , Giancarlo Esposito, Steven Bauer, and Sticky Fingaz.