I reviewed Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s new movie, “Snitch,” and now I’m pretty sure I want to see him act in just about every genre of movie at some point. While the new film isn’t anything spectacular that’s going to win Oscars or change anyone’s career, it’s notable because it’s such a different type of role for Johnson and he does such a great job with it.
In the movie, Johnson plays the owner of a trucking company whose son is arrested under some sketchy charges that invoke the federal government’s mandatory sentencing rules. Faced with the prospect of his teenage son doing hard time for a minimum of 10 years, Johnson’s character convinces the prosecuting attorney to reduce the sentence by agreeing to go undercover and help the government take down a dangerous drug-dealing operation.
Here’s an excerpt from my review:
Despite the potential for some intense action sequences, Snitch remains relatively free of butt-kicking moments – especially where Johnson is concerned. The story and tone remain firmly entrenched in the world of dramatic thrillers, and Johnson does a nice job of playing Matthews as a believable fish-out-of-water in the violence-prone drug world who looks terribly out of place amid all of the gritty dealings going on around him.
And that’s the real magic of Johnson’s performance in Snitch: his ability to play a compelling character despite his size, not because of it.
At no point in Snitch does Johnson’s character seem to consider violence as the first – or last, for that matter – solution to the problems he encounters throughout the story. There’s no moment when he gets fed up with a henchman and throws him through a window or overcomes a cartel kingpin with a brutal blast from a shotgun. He’s just a big guy from the suburbs with a nice house and a pool, and Johnson does a fantastic job of testing the character’s limits without ever making him feel like something he’s not. By making his flaws and shortcoming seem very real, Johnson and Waugh make the character’s victories – and the stakes of what he’s doing – seem that much more real, too.
You can read the rest of the review at DigitalTrends.com, but then you should watch the video I’ve embedded below, because it poses an important philosophical question: