Un­der­cover dad’s bid to save son

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Snitch (12a)

Dwayne John­son, Jon Bern­thal, Barry Pep­per, Su­san Saran­don, Ben­jamin Bratt In Amer­ica, the govern­ment fought back in the war against drugs by tight­en­ing fed­eral pol­icy so any­one found in pos­ses­sion of nar­cotics could be per­suaded to tes­tify against friends to re­duce their sen­tence. Snitch is an ac­tion thriller in­spired by real events about a young man who faces a manda­tory prison sen­tence of 10 years as a re­sult of this ag­gres­sive pol­icy, and the fa­ther who risks his life to help the po­lice pros­e­cute the men re­spon­si­ble for his boy’s predica­ment. No doubt, the true story be­hind Ric Ro­man Waugh’s film is in­cred­i­ble and in­spir­ing – a rous­ing tes­ta­ment to one man’s self­less cru­sade to save the peo­ple he loves. Un­for­tu­nately, Waugh’s script, co-writ­ten by Justin Haythe, fails to tug the heart strings and there’s a com­plete ab­sence of jeop­ardy. The hero in ques­tion is John Matthews (Dwayne John­son), man­ager of a con­struc­tion firm, who left his first wife Sylvie (Melina Kanakare­des) to be­gin afresh with Anal­isa (Nadine Ve­lazquez). Out of the blue, John re­ceives a phone call from Sylvie: their son Ja­son Collins (Rafi Gavron) has been ar­rested in pos­ses­sion of enough pills to earn him a decade be­hind bars. US at­tor­ney Joanne Keeghan (Su­san Saran­don), who hopes to be re-elected on an anti-drugs plat­form, is sym­pa­thetic to John’s pleas for le­niency but is un­moved. In des­per­a­tion, John pro­poses he will go un­der­cover to bring down a drugs car­tel, aided by Agent Cooper (Barry Pep­per) and his covert task force. Thanks to an ex-con (Jon Bern­thal) on the con­struc­tion firm’s pay­roll, John makes a con­nec­tion to lo­cal dealer Ma­lik (Michael K Wil­liams), who in turn leads to Juan Car­los Pin­tera (Ben­jamin Bratt) aka El Topo. Saran­don and Pep­per are wasted in twodi­men­sional roles, but chew scenery when re­quired. Waugh com­pe­tently or­ches­trates the ac­tion se­quences in­clud­ing a con­fus­ing fi­nale that de­scends into an ex­plo­sive blood­bath.

rat­ing: **

a Haunted House (15)

Mar­lon Wayans, Essence Atkins, Cedric The En­ter­tainer A Haunted House scares per­haps one gig­gle in 85 lack­lus­tre and oc­ca­sion­ally of­fen­sive min­utes, tak­ing the con­cept of “things that go bump in the night” to its raunchy con­clu­sion. The ram­shackle plot cen­tres on Mal­colm John­son (Mar­lon Wayans), who moves into a new home with his girl­friend Kisha (Essence Atkins). Sur­veil­lance cam­eras, in­stalled to doc­u­ment Mal­colm’s sex­ual shenani­gans with Kisha now they are co-habit­ing, re­veal the pres­ence of a malev­o­lent force in house. Mal­colm calls in a psy­chic called Chip (Nick Sward­son) to make con­tact with the spirit but Chip is more in­ter­ested in get­ting his hands on Mal­colm’s body than driv­ing out the randy forces of evil. As the vis­i­ta­tions in­crease in in­ten­sity and our will to live wanes, Fa­ther Doug Wil­liams (Cedric The En­ter­tainer) ar­rives to cleanse the prop­erty but not even a man of God is pro­tected. The script, co-writ­ten by Rick Al­varez, scrapes the bot­tom of the barrel at ev­ery turn. A se­quel is al­ready pen­cilled in for 2014. Now’s that’s hor­ri­fy­ing. rat­ing: *

Dwayne John­son as John Matthews and Jon Bern­thal as Daniel James in Snitch

an­drew Daly as Steve, alanna Ubach as Jenny, Mar­lon Wayans as Mal­colm and Essence atkins as Kisha in a Haunted House

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