March 2nd, 2013 at 4:08 pm by under A Look at the Movies

Three-StarRated PG-13

1 Hour 40 minutes

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Susan Sarandon, Benjamin Bratt

Wrestling’s “Rock” Dwayne Johnson apparently wants us to take his movie acting more seriously.

“Snitch” is a step in the right direction. Johnson volunteers to go undercover for a drug enforcement prosecutor, to save his stupid son from a jail sentence.

The selfless dad has no idea what he’s letting himself in for.

“Snitch” wisely keeps the action to a minimum and maximizes the dramatic tension with a good guy in way over his head doing business with some very ruthless bad guys. Even his wife thinks this volunteer “Snitch” has gone off the deep end playing a very dangerous game. She’d like to know if he’s out of his mind?

How bad can the picture be with the brilliant Susan Sarandon playing a tough prosecutor? She only appears in quality films. And the drug cartel characters Johnson gets involved with are positively scary.

Unlike with a pure action thriller catering to the kids and violence fanatics, every role here is well acted by a fine character.

“Snitch” demands it be taken seriously or else I wouldn’t dream of saluting a Dwayne Johnson movie with three stars.

It’s always a good feeling when a film turns out much better than you expected.

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