Snitch (2013)

logoDirector: Ric Roman Waugh

Writer: Justin Haythe, Ric Roman Waugh (Screenplay)

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Barry Pepper, Jon Bernthal, Susan Sarandon, Michael K. Williams, Rafi Gavron, Melina Kanakaredes, Nadine Velazquez, Benjamin Bratt, Lela Loren


Plot: Construction company owner John Matthews (Johnson) learns that his estranged son, Jason (Gavron), 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 (Sarandon) 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.


Verdict: Undercover job, well done


Story: Following one man as he risks everything to save his son, we see it isn’t just his life, his son’s life it also will risk his new wife’s life and daughter as he goes undercover. We get to see how a rookie drug mule ends up tricking some of the biggest names in drug dealing. It fails to offer anything new to the genre it does offer an insight to a based on true events. Everything turns out to be very simple to watch that plays out smart without challenging the audience too much. (8/10)


Actor Reviews


Dwayne Johnson: John small time truck transportation business owner who risks everything to make sure his son gets off prison after being wrongly framed as a distributor. Good performance from Dwayne showing that he can perform in a much more serious role. (8/10)


Barry Pepper: Agent Cooper the lead agent trying to take down the drug lords. Good performance from Pepper who creates an unrecognizable character. (7/10)


Jon Bernthal: Daniel the reluctant ex-con who helps John enters the criminal underworld. Trying to save himself from his past he ends up making everything more risky for himself by helping. Jon gives a good performance and makes a good reluctant hero. (8/10)


Susan Sarandon: Joanne the DEA who will help John but only when she gets what she wants. Good performance from Susan who never needed to push herself. (7/10)


Director Review: Ric Roman Waugh – Good direction putting together a well-paced film. (8/10)


Action: Simple action sequences that work well with the timing of the story. (7/10)

Thriller: Creates a tense build up to the final moments. (8/10)

Settings: The settings are the usual for the genre and don’t make any special memorable ones. (7/10)

Suggestion: This is something to try, it is a well-paced film that will entertain the thriller fans out there. (Try It)


Best Part: The final chase.

Worst Part: It is a bit slow.

Action Scene Of The Film: The final chase

Believability: Based on a true story. (8/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel:  No

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $42,930,462

Budget: $15 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 52 Minutes

Tagline: How far would you go to save your son?


Overall: Good action thriller


Star Focus – Emily Kinney

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Age: 19

Number of Roles: 12

Biggest Role: Beth – The Walking Dead

Debut Film: It’s Complicated

Early Career: Only breaking into the world of acting in 2007 with short films and small television roles Emily highlight of the first few years would be the guest appearance in ‘Law & Order: Criminal Intent’.

Television Roles:

  • The Gamekillers (2007)
  • Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2008)
  • The Unusuals (2009)
  • The Good Wife (2010)
  • The Big C (2011) 3 Episodes
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2012)
  • The Following (2014)
  • The Walking Dead (2011-2015) 5 Episodes

Break Out Role: Beth in The Walking Dead

2010 Onwards: Emily continued with television roles and only starring in one film ‘Concussion’ which was only a small role. In 2011 she got cast as one of Hershel’s daughter in The Walking Dead. It is unfair to look at just her acting and not to mentions the fact she is trying to start a career in singing which would explain the limited number of acting roles and the singing opportunities she gets in The Walking Dead.

My Favourite Role:season4

Season 4 and onwards Beth The Walking Dead – Once things start to look calm in the prison Beth steps up spending a lot of time caring for baby Judith but also gets a small romance which well lasted one episode. After the prison attack she gets lost outside the prison with Daryl. This leads to a unique pairing as they were complete opposites this leads her to learn more about survival and Daryl to be more open. Even though many people disliked the drinking episode it helps us like Beth more as she feel like the group now. She may have been kidnapped in the closing episodes of season 4 but her solo episode in season five has shown how far the character has come. She also has a habit of showing of her singing abilities which sometimes brings a lighter side to the goings on.

My Least Favourite Role:

babysitterSeason 2 – Season 3 Beth – The Walking Dead. Beth starts off in season two without saying much and eventually trying to kill herself, she came off as baggage which the group didn’t need. When season 3 started many people thought she would be the first to die because of her lack of involvement in season 2 but too many people’s surprise she made it and become the babysitter while Rick and Carl grieve the loss of Lori. Even throughout season 3 she doesn’t have too much involvement and the only highlight is the moment of singing.