Snitch – review

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This preposterous thriller has its roots in a legitimate concern, recently aired in the documentary The House I Live In: that the US war on drugs is becoming a theatre of cruelty, pumping up futile drug-arrest figures to appease the press.

It is avowedly based on a TV programme about the new "snitch" culture in which drug felons reduce their sentences by informing on others: invariably a clutch of soft-user easy targets, leaving the big players untouched. Dwayne Johnson plays a regular guy, horrified when his hapless son is entrapped by this process, and offers to take out a real drug kingpin (a baddie Mexican) single-handedly if they let his boy go free. The DA who takes this highly improbable deal is Susan Sarandon, giving the worst performance of her professional career: frowning, gasping and almost gurning with saucer-eyed emotion as stubborn, lovin' dad insists on being a total hero and righteous badass. Good intentions are all but submerged in nonsense.

Powered by article was written by Peter Bradshaw, for The Guardian on Thursday 20th June 2013 22.30 Europe/London © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010