In the new thriller Snitch, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson finally switches gears by not playing the baddest mofo in the room into a role of the victim more or less. As the title indicates someone is playing double agent here, which sees Johnson as a father going undercover for the DEA in order to spring his wrongfully accused son from prison. And what really makes the film look its strongest is the formidable supporting cast of Joe Bernthal (The Walking Dead), Michael K. Williams (The Wire), Barry Pepper and Benjamin Bratt. Bratt being especially unrecognizable in the villain role.
Johnson works on behalf of his son by using connections (hiring ex-cons to work for his construction company) and ends up driving the big rigs to transport drugs for the Mexican cartel. A deed which successfully lands him deep into the game and in good graces with both sides of the battle.
Plus, any time a preview mentions the film is based on a true story the anticipation level is always raised.
While this one still resembles an action film, some necessary drama and suspense has been included, making it seem less like a typical Rock movie. I'm glad to see him in something different though, and Snitch will at least earn a viewing on DVD. It will arrive in theaters on February 22, 2013.