You don’t want to be on the receiving end of The Rock’s fist, but what about when he is not in an action film surrounded by fists and guns? Is he still as threatening?
Of course he is. What a silly question.
Snitch has been given the 4K UHD treatment by Lionsgate in it’s most recent batch of catalog 4K upgrades. This is somewhat of an interesting choice, as I don’t think there is any big following of the film, but there are some exciting big rig action scenes that definitely stand out on the format, so I’m sure Lionsgate knows what they are doing.
Snitch follows John Matthews, a divorced father of a teenager who runs his own construction company. A police sting operation has arrested his son on drug trafficking charges when his friend talks him into receiving a large shipment in exchange for a reduced sentence. Now, John’s son must rat out a friend or set up one of his friends to be arrested for the same offer. However, he refused to do so.
Unwilling to let his son make an incredibly bad decision, John takes matters into his own hands and makes a deal with the District Attorney. John must catch a big dealer in exchange for a reduced sentence for his son. The only problem — he doesn’t know any drug dealers.
Dwayne Johnson shows his versatility in the role of John Matthews. He definitely nails his role as concerned and hellbent father. He tries many things to find a drug dealer big enough to hand over to the DA, but he ends up needing the help of one of his ex-con employees who has sworn off the life. This leads him into a business deal with a big time dealer for a very large delivery of “goods”. As you can imagine, things escalate in a big way and next thing you know, the DA is breathing down Matthews’ back and the Mexican cartel is scouting him for a major money run across the border.
All this to save his son a few years of prison time. Damn.
As I mentioned, Johnson kills it in this movie. It isn’t the typical muscle fest that The Rock usually ends up playing here, it’s a concerned, dedicated, and stressed out father who will do anything he can do to save his son. Jon Bernthal also stars in this one, and again, plays something not entirely typical. It’s no big change to see him as a bad guy, but his role here has a very grounded and redeeming quality that we don’t get out of his character in The Walking Dead.
This was my first time seeing Snitch, but after this viewing I am far less surprised as to why it was chosen for the 4K upgrade. It’s a pretty good action/drama film that has some super cool action scenes involving big rig trucks, which benefits not only from the increased resolution, but also from the higher quality sound track.
I don’t think this is likely to be must-upgrade release, but if you’ve haven’t picked this one up yet, or are interested in watching some more of The Rock’s backlog, definitely spring for the 4K release.
- Audio Commentary with Director Ric Roman Waugh and Editor Jonathan Chibnall
- Privileged Information: The Making of Snitch
- Deleted Scenes
- Theatrical Trailer
This release, unfortunately, has no new features. Every special feature from the standard Blu-ray release are here, however.
Lionsgate has released this set with an attractive slipcover that has a satisfying shine to it. Inside, you get the UV copy, the 4K UHD disc, and Blu-ray copy.
Fans of The Rock will not be disappointed, even if this isn’t his typical role. It was refreshing seeing him as something other than a meathead or in a comedic film. The 4K upgrade is likely only necessary for first time buyers or big fans of the movie, but it’s available for a pretty good price. I’d recommend this set.
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