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Re: What Are You Watching? (DVD's & Blu-ray's)
« Reply #1500 on: June 19, 2013, 06:12:03 am »

The premise for the movie is based on the minimum mandatory laws. In a nutshell, if you get caught in a drug deal, the law says, if you can provide help (snitch) on further known drug activity, then your sentence can be reduced. Dwayne's son gets accidentally caught up in a drug set up and sentenced to Prison for 10 years. His character is willing to do just about anything to get his son out. So he becomes the Snitch.

From the opening credits, Snitch is based on true events. I was thinking, cool, bring it on. So Iím torn because the core of the story is interesting. How it was presentedÖ sucks. I gave Snitch only 2-1/2 stars because watching it literally gave me a headache. Hasnít the message to Hollywood sunk in that shaky cam is annoying as **** for audiences. Iím not talking found footage, which can be equally annoying. Iím talking about the director and photographer who think hand holding a camera by giving it a little extra waver here and there gives the film a more real, gritty experience. In Snitch 90% of the film is hand held. The opening raid was unwatchable. I had to turn away from it. And to further the aggravation, they thought pointing the camera at every implied movement was necessary. Swing the camera down to see the bad guy is reaching for a knife, then swing the camera over to where the protagonist is looking and then swing it back to look at him. GAWD, I hated this.

I did hang on through the movie, despite many times of thinking of turning it off. I thought casting Dwayne Johnson was a ballsy move, in the context of the movie. The obvious bulk and presence The Rock demands while on screen, was reduced to real life situation of an ordinary man stepping into some pretty nasty environments. No super hero moves, no brilliant ideas. He was just as scarred and careful as any one of us would be in the situation. Dwayne Johnson did a very good job in this role. I thought they did a fantastic job of creating a look of that would scare the hell out of most of us.

Despite the ending, I would not call this an uplifting movie in any sense.  Jon Bernthal (Shane of Walking Dead) was connection needed to the seedy world. His character is exactly like in Walking Dead. Good or bad? He did his job for the character.

Iím biased and it becomes a deal breaker for me to watch a shaky cam movie. I will never watch this movie again. Saying that, I recommend it, especially if that kind of thing does not bother you, you might end up enjoying watching the film.

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