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2013 is set to be a big year for Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and yes, both names are appropriate this time around. The Rock has made his return to the WWE in a huge way, winning the WWE Championship and once again headlining the greatest stage of them all, Wrestlemania. He’s got a slew of projects being released this year, “Pain & Gain,” “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” and “Fast & Furious 6,” all with set release dates. He kicks off his domination of 2013 with the action/drama project “Snitch” which hits theaters this weekend. There was a level of interest going into checking out the movie as I am a fan of certain Dwayne movies, but I was skeptical if “Snitch” would stick or fade away after its run.  I am definitely here to say that it’s going to stick and may be regarded as one of Dwayne Johnson’s best films.  

John Matthews (Johnson) is left with no option but to go undercover for the DEA after his son, Jason (Rafi Gavron) is set up and falsely accused of a drug deal that lands him behind bars.  John must align himself with people from both sides of the law to ensure the release of his son, putting himself into questionable and dangerous situations all for the sake of family.  Susan SarandonJon BernthalMichael Kenneth WilliamsBenjamin Bratt, and Barry Pepper all star as instrumental players in the plot, all with different motives to assist John with his plans.  

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When looking at Dwayne Johnson’s projects throughout the years there is no doubt that “Snitch” will stand out as a gritty and raw film that really caters to his strengths. Out of all the releases (I’ve seen) in 2013 (thus far), “Snitch” is the first to leave a lasting impact and packed a strong punch.  Take away the Hollywood effects, the over-the-top delivery, and all the unnecessary extra that gets in the way and you are left with a truly genuine film that forces you to care about the characters and the outcome. Dwayne delivers easily the best performance of his career surely setting the tone for the rest of the year. The entire cast is stripped down and their emotions are put out for everyone to see. Their efforts should be commended as it’s easy to tell they cared about the project.  The tension, brutality, and callousness are real and it will stick. I can already congratulate the director, the cast, the crew, and everyone involved in the project for a great success because I know it will be well-received. 

Make sure you check out “Snitch,” in theaters now. 

Ben Lester (bjams11)

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