A father goes undercover for the DEA in order to free his son, who was imprisoned after being set up in a drug deal.

snitch4kbluStudio: Lionsgate
Year: 2017
Release Date: June 6, 2017
Run time: 112 minutes
Rating: R

Audio: Dolby True HD 7.1/Dolby Atmos
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Disc Spec: 2 BD
Region: A

‘Snitch’ is far from being a fast-paced action thriller like the trailers suggest. It is more of a dramatic thriller with some moments of suspense, but the film mostly takes itself seriously and moves at a very slow pace. Short of passing death sentences like we do here on drug offenders, ‘Snitch’ introduces to the unenlightened, about the tough federal laws and measures taken in the USA against drug traffickers and the supply chain of cartels, with nothing short of at least 10 years for those who possess with the intent to distribute. But there seems to be a little bit of a flaw in their zeal to curtail drug offenses, and once you’re caught, the only way to reduce your sentence, is to squeal on someone else. In other words, be a snitch, and doing at whatever the cost, depending on how much integrity’s in your soul.

So the teenage Jason Collins (Rafi Gavron) was silly enough, pumped with curiosity, to accept a package sent by his friend that contains recreation drugs, only to be part of the trap set by the DEA and his so-called buddy who put Jason’s name in the hat to get his sentence reduced. Not knowing anyone in this clandestine industry, he’s staring at a mandatory 10 year imprisonment which everyone knows his pasty white behind cannot survive even a year behind bars. In comes the dad John Matthews (Dwayne Johnson), who has now moved on to a new life with a new wife and kid, feeling the anxiety of seeing his only son unfairly treated by the law and getting put behind bars under one of the most bewildering laws, and it’s up to him to figure out how best to make a trade with ambitious District Attorney Joanne Keeghan (Susan Sarandon).

Movie Quality: 9/10

Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in 2160p with a 2.40:1 aspect ratio. ‘Snitch’ is a very good looking catalog title on 4K UHD. One of the best parts of the film is just how natural the image appears throughout. There is quite the cinematic looking film here. Black levels are deep in this film and stand out very nicely with the color palette used. Again my jaw dropped to the floor upon initial viewing at the theater but now I can say the same with the Blu-ray release. Colors are absolutely eye popping and jump off the screen like you would not believe. The color pallette is very natural looking and soft in a few areas that looked just right. Details are fantastic, especially with the setting looking so realistic that you really felt like you are in the middle of all the action.
Video Quality: 9.5/10

The audio is presented in Dolby True HD 7.1/Dolby Atmos. There are times where ‘Snitch’ is on the lighter side of the audio front. Then when the times that the action starts ramping up, it really takes advantage of the soundfield. It was so perfect sounding, which I haven’t heard such great bass in a Blu-ray film. Then add the dynamic sounds coming from the rears in the soundfield. When the action starts to take center stage, you can hear bullets and all kinds of effects just pan from speaker to speaker. Dialogue through the center channel is very clean and crisp. It sounded like pure bliss to my ears.
Audio Quality: 9.5/10

Special Features

  • Audio Commentary With Rick Roman Waugh and Jonathan Chibnall
  • Privileged Information: The Making of Snitch [HD]
  • Deleted Scenes [HD]
  • Theatrical Trailer [HD]

Special Features: 6/10

Final Thoughts

Dwayne Johnson’s character encounters various moral dilemmas caused by his actions on several fronts, and he doesn’t think them all through. But then the times don’t call for thinking; they call for action. And action this movie delivers galore.
Overall Rating: 9/10