Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is back with a fast-paced action film: Snitch. In this new thriller, Dwayne Johnson is a father who goes under cover for the DEA to help his son who was wrongly accused of a drug crime and is now facing a minimum prison sentence of 10 years. He now risks everything including his life as he tries to infiltrate a drug cartel. Snitch is directed by Ric Roman Waugh who is known for the movies: Hook, Felon, Total Recall (1990) and Gone In Sixty Seconds. This new movie also stars Susan Sarandon, Jon Bernthal, Barry Pepper and Harold Perrineau. Check out the latest buzz on this new movie, Snitch.
“Interview with Snitch Director, Ric Roman Waugh
I recently had the chance to talk with writer/director Ric Roman Waugh about his new movie Snitch, starring Dwayne Johnson, set to premier February 22nd. Read on for his thoughts on the film, what makes action engaging, and his career path from stuntman to writer to director.
MovieRoomReviews: First off, I’d love to get your overview of the movie, so that we know what we’re talking about.
Ric Roman Waugh: Snitch is an incredible story. It was based on a Frontline special for PBS that was all about snitches. The one particular story that really struck me on this one was about a father who’s 18 year old son was wrongfully accused for dealing drugs. His friend has set him up and he’d fallen under these mandatory minimum laws that are federal laws. They’re designed to ensnare high level drug traffickers. Basically, what you’d do is you’d get a mandatory sentence, in this case, this kid got 10 years, no Good Time, and the only way to reduce the sentence is if he snitches on other drug traffickers. Well, the kid didn’t know any other drug traffickers to snitch on, and he wasn’t about to set up one of his friends just like his friend did to him. So his father went to the U.S. Attorney… [He] said, “Well, what if I go into the drug world and get you a bigger bust? Would you reduce my kid’s sentence?”, and the U.S. Attorney literally signed off on this.
It’s about this everyday father who literally went into the drug world, had no idea what he was doing, and fell down that rabbit hole of how far would we go for our kids, to save them? That’s what the thematic thread really is about. Even though the vehicle is the drug world, it’s really about that old adage of how far will we go to protect our children. In this case, we said, “Let’s take the most formidable guy on the planet and show you that what real world rules is, it doesn’t matter how big you are. It’s about how much heart you have. And who better for that than Dwayne Johnson?”
The rest of the interview can be read at Movie Room Reviews
Snitch is scheduled to be released in cinemas on February 22nd 2013 and is going to be distributed by Summit Entertainment.
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