Infiltrator / Snitch (2013)
GATUNEK – Akcja, Dramat, Thriller
OPIS – Dwayne Johnson („W pogoni za zemstą”), Susan Sarandon („Klient”) i Barry Pepper („Władza”) w opartym na faktach filmie scenarzysty „Drogi do szczęścia”. Właściciel firmy budowlanej John Matthews (Dwayne Johnson) dowiaduje się, że jego syn trafił za kratki za handel narkotykami. Chłopakowi grozi niewspółmierny do winy wyrok – 10 lat więzienia. Zdesperowany ojciec chce mu pomóc za wszelką cenę. Za zgodą agencji antynarkotykowej oraz prokurator stanowej (Susan Sarandon) postanawia przeniknąć do podziemnego światka przestępczego i działać tam w charakterze tajnego agenta. Misja jest potwornie niebezpieczna – aby ratować syna, John stawia na szali własne życie.
PLOT – The film opens with Jason Collins (Rafi Gavron), the 18-year-old estranged son of construction company owner John Matthews (Dwayne Johnson), video-chatting with his childhood best friend Craig Johnson (James Allen McCune). After discussing a party that recently occurred, Craig brings up the subject of drugs that he is attempting to move. Craig attempts to persuade Jason to abet moving the drugs, offering him a share of the profit. Jason replies, „Nah, I’m good, man.” Craig responds that Jason does not have to do anything, and that Craig simply needs to ship the box to Collins’ house (as he cannot fly on an airplane with the drugs). Jason responds, „I don’t know, bro.” Craig continues to persuade Jason to engage in the drug trafficking, offering to let Jason have some of the drugs. As the conversation is about to be interrupted by a ringing telephone and Jason’s mother Sylvie Collins (Melina Kanakaredes) entering the house, Craig says he will text Jason the tracking number, to which Jason replies „No, no-no-no, don’t –” before closing the laptop and ending the conversation.
John Matthews (Dwayne Johnson), Jason’s father and owner of a construction company, does some business negotiations and prepares to leave work for the day. He sees Daniel James (Jon Bernthal), a new employee, doing overtime work, and helps him with it.
Later, back at the Collins house, a courier delivers a package to the house. The courier knocks on the front door and Jason, albeit being somewhat suspicious, answers. The delivery man says he has a package for Jason Collins and requests a signature; Jason signs and accepts the package. Jason brings the package to his bedroom, opens it, and discovers that it contains a large amount of pills in a bag, at which Jason is astonished. Jason takes out the bag of pills and discovers a governmental tracking device. Immediately, DEA officers come to the house and loudly announce their presence and demand that the door be opened. As the officers break into the house, Jason escapes out the window of the bedroom and runs away. The officers pursue and chase after Jason until he is surrounded at a parking lot; Agent Cooper (Barry Pepper) subdues Jason at gunpoint, at which point the other officers apprehend Jason.
While at a barbecue, John receives a call from his ex-wife Sylvie about his estranged son Jason having being arrested. John and Sylvie meet at the police station and discuss the situation while waiting to be allowed to speak to Jason. An investigator speaks with them, saying that Craig set Jason up in a sting operation to reduce his own sentence after being caught. Jason’s charges carry a minimum of 10 years in prison.
Jason is arraigned in court where he is denied bail. Jason is put in an interview room with the investigator, John, and Sylvie. In the interview, Jason is pressured to plead guilty to narcotics trafficking and to set up one of his own friends for drug trafficking in order to reduce his own sentence.
Using his connections, John arranges several meetings with the local US Attorney Joanne Keeghan (Susan Sarandon), who is running a very aggressive anti-drug campaign to bolster her chances for election to Congress. Joanne agrees to reduce Jason’s sentence if John will inform on a drug dealer, but states that he’ll receive little help from her and that the risk will be all his.
John visits Jason in prison, observing that Jason is being badly brutalized behind the prison walls. John feels responsible because he was not there for his son, and becomes desperate as he realizes that Jason may be killed before he finishes his prison sentence.
Agent Cooper (Barry Pepper) leads a task force which will monitor any dealings John arranges to use as evidence for an arrest. John searches through his employee records and finds an employee on his payroll with two former distribution convictions. Daniel James (Jon Bernthal), the employee John met earlier, is currently leading a clean life to avoid a third strike, because he now has a wife and young son to care for. John offers twenty thousand dollars if Daniel will simply introduce him to a dealer. Daniel initially refuses but later agrees so that he can move to a safer apartment for his son, though he is unaware that John is acting as an informant.
Daniel introduces John to Malik, an extremely dangerous, high-ranking local drug dealer, who like Daniel has two strikes. Explaining that his business cannot stay afloat in the current economy without a supplement to its revenues, John offers to run nearly limitless amounts of drugs at almost zero risk in his freight trucks. Because his is a legitimate business, the trucks avoid suspicion and carry too much freight to be thoroughly searched. Malik agrees under the one condition that John and Daniel drive the initial run themselves.
John and Agent Cooper arrange for several wire taps to be put in place to catch the transactions involved. John drives to the pick-up point near the Mexican border. In the process, a rival gang ambushes the pick-up, but John manages a daring escape, impressing cartel kingpin Juan Carlos „El Topo” Pintera (Benjamin Bratt), whose cartel successfully fights off the ambushers. John successfully completes his end of the deal, delivering the drugs to Malik while under surveillance by Agent Cooper. Malik mentions a meeting with cartel members higher than himself: Cooper, hoping to catch the higher priority targets, refuses to arrest Malik during the deal. Keeghan claims Cooper did the right thing and refuses to reduce Jason’s sentence unless John cooperates in a second meeting. John, outraged, agrees only if Jason is released when the job is completed, rather than just a reduction in sentence. Around this time, Daniel finds out about the arrangement John made with the police and is furious, saying that the cartel will kill John, Daniel, and their families if the truth comes out. John and Daniel send their families into hiding.
John meets with Juan Carlos Pintera under much higher cartel security than he has seen so far. Juan wants John to run nearly $100 million in drug profits into Mexico, back to the cartel base of operations, and offers to make John a member of the cartel’s inner circle if he succeeds. John reports this back to Keeghan and Cooper. Keeghan is ecstatic about finding such a large target, but Cooper has a change of heart and tries to talk John out of doing the run because he suspects the cartel will kill him afterward.
John devises a plan to free himself and Daniel from both the government and the cartel. During the run, John is able to escape Cooper’s surveillance. At the same time, Daniel raids Malik’s house, killing Malik’s guards and wounding Malik. Before dying, Malik reveals Juan Carlos’s cell phone number to Daniel. John calls Cooper and has him track both his new cell phone and Juan Carlos’s phone, effectively giving Cooper both the money and the kingpin at once. After a highway chase and shoot-out, caused by the cartel’s realization that John is an informant, John escapes. Cartel members and the money are seized by Cooper’s men. Juan Carlos is also captured; he is unwilling to get into a shoot-out with federal agents, because his young son is with him.
The film ends with Jason being released the next day. John and his family go into the witness protection program. Daniel refuses to go into the program, saying he and his family will go into hiding on their own. Because Daniel has lost his job, John leaves Daniel the large reward check that John was supposed to receive for the capture of Juan Carlos.