Iâ€™m supposed to be writing a review for "Snitch," the latest action thriller starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, but thereâ€™s only one thing on my mind: a beard.
The tuft of hair belongs to Barry Pepper's chin, and it is admittedly mesmerizing. Itâ€™s a grungy-looking goatee that hangs two or three inches off Pepperâ€™s face and sharpens into a point. Every camera angle provides some new fascinating detail, and even when it seems the beard has worn out its welcome, Pepper ties it into a tight little ponytail for varietyâ€™s sake.
Pepperâ€™s mangy Van Dyke beard would be more at home in something like "True Grit" or "The Road." Iâ€™m more than thankful, however, that writer/director Ric Roman Waugh thought it was necessary because itâ€™s one of the only interesting things "Snitch" has to offer. Everything else is dull, drab and surprisingly preachy.
Johnson plays John Matthews, the ridiculously buff owner of a construction supply business and an all-around good guy. His fairly calm life takes a turn for the worse when his son Jason (Rafi Gavron) is mistakenly arrested in a drug sting with his friendâ€™s drugs and faces at least 10 years in prison thanks to the mandatory minimum sentencing laws.
The police offer to shorten Jasonâ€™s sentence if he helps them set up and arrest another dealer, but since heâ€™s not an actual dealer and not even really a user, he has no one to turn in. Plus, he doesnâ€™t want to set up an innocent guy â€“ like his friend did to him.
While Jason languishes in prison, Matthews volunteers to do the snitching in the place of his son. The election-minded U.S. Attorney (Susan Sarandon) takes the deal, and Matthews plots to entrap a local dealer (Michael K. Williams, Omar from "The Wire") with the reluctant help of one of his ex-con workers (Joe Bernthal from "The Walking Dead").
The desperate dadâ€™s plan might be too good, however, as he gets deep enough to start doing favors for a dangerous kingpin (Benjamin Bratt).
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