A desperate father tries to save his teenage son from an unjust prison sentence by infiltrating a dangerous drug cartel in ‘Snitch’, a ripped-from-the headlines action-adventure from co-writer and director Ric Roman Waugh (‘Felon’).
Businessman John Matthews (Dwayne Johnson) is devastated when his 18 year old son Jason (Rafi Gavron) receives a mandatory minimum 10 year sentence in federal prison when he is caught with a package he received from a friend which, unbeknownst to him, contained illicit drugs. When Jason turns down an offer from politically ambitious U.S. Attorney Joanne Keeghan (Susan Sarandon) to reduce his sentence by manufacturing evidence against someone else, John begs Keeghan to let him go undercover instead.
John infiltrates a violent gang led by ruthless drug dealer Malik (Michael Kenneth Williams), but in his efforts to save his son, he compromises another innocent man (Jon Bernthal). And when he unexpectedly exposes a major player in the Mexican drug trade (Benjamin Bratt), the already dangerous venture turns potentially deadly.
‘Snitch’ has all the elements of a full-blown, edge-of-your-seat action thriller: an iconic hero in star Dwayne Johnson, a riveting script by co-writer Justin Haythe and co-writer/director Ric Roman Waugh, and state-of-the-art stunts. But the film, a passion project for its producers at Exclusive Media, also tells a compelling story that addresses a little-known but deadly consequence of the war on drugs in the United States.
“The script came out of a ‘Frontline’ piece about real cases in our justice system where people were given a choice between becoming informants and going to jail,” says Matt Jackson, the producer of ‘Snitch’.
The finished film is more a dramatic thriller than a typical action movie, says Jackson. “As much as there’s an action element, ‘Snitch’ is about an all-American family confronted with an unfair situation that our justice system mandates. A kid makes a mistake and his entire life is going to be ruined.”
CAST: DWAYNE JOHNSON, BARRY PEPPER, JON BERNTHAL, MICHAEL KENNETH WILLIAMS, MELINA KANAKAREDES, NADINE VELAZQUEZ, RAFI GAVRON, BENJAMIN BRATT, SUSAN SARANDON
Director: RIC ROMAN WAUGH
FILM: 10 YEARS
‘10 Years’ follows a group of friends on the night of their high school reunion who, a decade later, still haven’t quite grown up. Channing Tatum plays Jake, who is deeply in love with his girlfriend (Jenna Dewan-Tatum) and ready to propose—until he runs into his high school flame (Rosario Dawson) for the first time in ten years. Jake’s friend Cully (played by funnyman Chris Pratt) married his cheerleader girlfriend (Ari Graynor), and has been looking forward to the reunion so he can finally apologize to all the classmates he bullied in high school.
However, after a few too many drinks, the jock-turned-family man ends up reverting back to his old ways instead.
Meanwhile, longtime rivals Marty (Justin Long) and A.J (Max Minghella) spend the night still trying to one-up each other to impress the coolest girl in class (Lynn Collins), who now has a secret.
The famous one of the group, Reeves (Oscar Isaac) is now well-known musician, but is still too shy to talk to the high school crush (Kate Mara) who inspired his one hit wonder.
CAST: Justin Long, Oscar Isaac, Kate Mara, Ron Livingston, Lynn Collins, Ari Graynor, Anthony Mackie, Max Minghella, Aubrey Plaza, Scott Porter, Brian Geraghty, Aaron Yoo, Eiko Nijo, Nick Zano, CHANNING TATUM
DIRECTOR: Jamie Linden