BLU-RAY REVIEW — “Snitch” (4K)
Before Dwayne Johnson was an A-list movie star and the highest paid actor in the world, whose proven box office power made behemoths out of hits like Furious 7, Central Intelligence, and The Fate of the Furious, the former wrestler was an on-the-way-up action star. There was the middling Faster, a one-off action flick, giving way to Fast Five — which introduced Johnson to the Fast and the Furious franchise, now one of the biggest and highest-grossing franchises on the planet (thanks in part to Johnson’s inclusion).
Before that, in 2013, came Snitch: a taut action-thriller that co-starred Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead) and Susan Sarandon (Thelma & Louise). Starring Johnson as John Matthews, the owner of a construction business and father to troubled high school student Jason (Rafi Gavron), Snitch sees the desperate Matthews become entangled in a dangerous plot against larger forces to save his son from life-ruining drug charges.
Johnson puts in a convincing turn as John Matthews, who must contend with the angst of Jason and his mother (Melina Kanakaredes), Matthews’ ex-wife, without letting the stress affect his new wife and younger daughter. While Snitch pays off with a third act shoot-and-chase action sequence where the outmatched Matthews is pitted against shotgun-toting members of the cartel, Snitch is at its strongest when the businessman-turned-police-confidant tries to reduce his son’s prison sentence without violence.
Johnson gets to stretch his action-star muscles, but Snitch isn’t a one-man-army kind of movie — it’s based on a true story, however partially, and the low-key, toned down action works in its favor. At its heart, Snitch is a family drama and Johnson commands the story perfectly. Better yet, he’s paired with the always fantastic Bernthal, playing a father and ex-con who wants to provide a better life for his family without being sucked back into a less-than-straight life.
Snitch might come as an odd choice to receive a 4K transfer, with Ultra HD Blu-rays still in their infancy, but much like the 3:10 to Yuma 4K release, Lionsgate presents the film as the best its ever looked. Snitch 4K easily outpaces the 2013 standard Blu-ray with an Ultra HD and High Dynamic Range presentation. Toting strong performances from an admirable cast, Snitch always deserved to be in your collection — and with a new 4K transfer that capitalizes on Johnson’s top dog, A-list status, there’s no reason for you not to pick it up.
Snitch 4K comes with a “Making of Snitch” featurette, deleted scenes, and an audio commentary with co-writer/director Ric Roman Waugh and editor Jonathan Chibnall. The set includes a 4K disc (2160p UHD 16×9 widescreen 2.40:1 presentation) and a Blu-ray disc (1080p HD 16×9 widescreen 2.40:1 presentation), with the 4K disc offering English Dolby Atmos audio, and the Blu-ray offering an English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track.
Snitch is available for the first time on 4K Ultra HD combo pack on June 6th.