Movie Review: SNITCH (4K Ultra HD Combo Pack)

SNITCH was directed by Ric Roman Waugh and stars Dwayne Johnson, Barry Pepper, Jon Bernthal, Michael K. Williams, Nadine Velazquez, Rafi Gavron, Benjamin Bratt and Susan Sarandon. The movie was inspired by true events.

Dwayne Johnson stars as a successful businessman who learns his son faces 10 tough years in a federal hole for drug possession. Convinced it was a set-up, he volunteers to become an undercover informant and infiltrate a ruthless cartel.  Now, with his back against the wall and his life totally on the line, he must expose the true criminals before they discover his identity. Discover how far one father will go to reduce his son’s prison sentence as he goes undercover to help make arrests for the U.S. government.

The movie follows John Matthews (Dwayne Johnsons), a caring father who is willing to put his own life on the line to keep his 18-year old son from serving a 10-year prison sentence after he gets caught with a package full of illegal drugs and it was a set up. Matthews makes a deal with the prosecuting attorney to go undercover and expose the group of criminals who set up his son. Once he gets deep inside the drug ring, he realizes that he’s trying to set up Juan Carlos ‘El Topo’ Pinter (Benjamin Bratt), the leader of a Mexican drug cartel. Matthews gets a little help from his reluctant employee Daniel James (Jon Bernthal) who knows the ins and outs of the drug running biz, and Agent Cooper (Barry Pepper), a street savvy fed who guides Matthews in this deadly mission. The plan ends up not working quite as they had expected but Matthews is driven, focused and determined to see this complicated and deadly operation through to the finish line.

Even though this movie is more of a dark family drama that deals with illegal drugs than a full blown action movie, there are still some impressive action scenes that include everything from bullets flying around from boths sides of the fight to an insane car chase with a tractor and trailer. Seriously, the car chase with the semi is pretty darn cool and The Rock is behind the wheel of this big rig. Anyway, the choreography for all of these stunts was extremely impressive and very well done. Ric Roman Waugh and his camera captured all of these intense action scenes and performances that’ll keep you on the edge of your seat until the end of the ride. And hey, how can you not cheer on Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson when he’s going up against an entire Mexican drug cartel pretty much on his own. Well, he did have a little help.

The packaging comes with a slipcover. These Ultra HD movies all come in black keep cases which helps them easily standout from the popular blue cases that have been around since day one. The front features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The UHD disc features matching artwork and the Blu-ray disc has a blue finish with the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio for this release. Fans will be able to experience this entire franchise like never before with the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD) release. This features four times the resolution of Full HD and High Dynamic Range (HDR) that delivers the brightest, most vivid and realistic color and greatest contrast.

Bottom line is, Snitch was a really cool and intense first time watch for me and I really don’t know why I had never seen this movie before since I pretty much have watched all the rest of The Rock’s movies. Snitch is billed as an action-thriller but it’s also a family drama that deals with real life hot topics like illegal drugs, the sleazy cartel and even the federal government. Ric Roman Waugh did a really good job telling the story and bringing it all to life on screen and he’s complimented by a talented cast led by the always entertaining Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson aka the hardest working man in show biz. Now here’s a warning for you, even though the movie has a PG-13 rating be careful because there are some violent scenes and drug content, so younger viewers probably shouldn’t be seeing stuff like this. Use your discretion. Movie fanatics that have already upgraded their home entertainment centers (screens and players) to watch 4K movies are sure to enjoy the experience, but this is also for the high-def loyalists because there’s a Blu-ray disc included for them as well. There’s also a digital copy that you can add to your Vudu library or whatever digital platform you use. Snitch releases on 4K Ultra HD+Blu-ray+Digital HD Combo Pack on June 6th and is worth checking out.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 122 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

4K Ultra HD Video: 2160p Ultra High Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

4K Ultra HD Audio: English Dolby Atmos / French and Spanish Dolby Digital Audio 5.1 / English Dolby Digital 2.0

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 / Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: There’s not much as far as the extras go but we do get a making of featurette, some audio commentary, deleted scenes and a digital copy of the movie.

  • “Privileged Information: The Making of Snitch” Featurette (49:40)
  • Audio Commentary with Co-Writer/Director Ric Roman Waugh and Editor Jonathan Chibnall
  • Deleted Scenes (05:39)
  • Theatrical Trailer (02:28)
  • Digital HD Copy

 

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