Surprisingly engaging thriller

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With a cast headlined by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, you'd be forgiven for assuming Snitch will be all about mindless shoot-outs and highway chases.

But despite Johnson's hulking physique, the film resists the temptation to set him up as an ex-Navy Seal, police inspector or anything else remotely heroic. He plays John Matthews, a divorced construction company owner.

One day, his estranged teenage son Jason (Rafi Gavron) is arrested for drug trafficking, after allowing a friend to send him a package full of drugs. Things go from bad to worse when John finds out that, as part of the government's war on drugs, a harsh federal law sentences first-time offenders like Jason to 10 years' imprisonment.

In exchange for his son's freedom, John strikes a deal with attorney Joanne Keeghan (Susan Sarandon) to help make a major arrest by infiltrating the drug cartel himself. Sounds pretty unconvincing, right?

But the film quickly puts any political agenda aside and turns out to be a surprisingly engaging crime thriller.

The film is a breakthrough for Johnson, who depicts a tense yet sensitive father figure, light years beyond his signature action-man.

Much like an airport-bookshop bargain, Snitch could've been easily forgettable but is in fact top-notch entertainment.

YP Rating: 3/5

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