Composed By: Antonio Pinto

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                In the movie Snitch, Dwayne ďThe RockĒ Johnson is John Collins, co-owner of a construction company whose life is turned upside down when his son Jason (Rafi Gavron) is arrested for narcotics distribution, a charge that comes with a minimum ten year prison sentence.   Realizing his estranged son will probably spend quite some time in prison for a crime he didnít commit, John makes a deal with the District Attorney and the DEA: John will go undercover to help bring down a drug cartel from the inside.

                The musical score of Snitch was created by Brazilian composer Antonio Pinto who credits his sistersí love of music and an interest in one of the sisterís boyfriendís instruments for his career in music.  Learning to play piano, drums and guitar at a young age, Pinto believes that musical scoring was just a natural progression in expressing his love of music.  He has composed musical scores for such notable films as   Senna, Perfect Stranger Lord of War, Vinterís Luck, Collateral, Central Station, Behind the Sun, The Odyssey and Midnight.

                Having seen the promos for Snitch, I expected an action score for what appeared to be an action movie.  Thatís not what I got.  Thereís actually very little action-paced music in this soundtrack.  Instead, Antonio Pinto focused on the drama of the story about a father willing to risk everything, including his life, for his son.  These dramatic feelings are expressed via string and guitar solos and the darkness of the father/son predicament is expressed in the ominous undertones and electronic add ins. 

                Although I can appreciate a dramatic score, I found that the Snitch Soundtrack just didn't grab me.  I didn't feel any special warmth from listening to it and, quite honestly, couldn't see anyone actually wanting to buy the score unless they were a fan of Pinto's work.  The Snitch Soundtrack features a dramatic score that represents the emotional stress undergone by the main characters of this film, but as a stand alone album, I don't believe it is worth the $9.50US to $15.00US price tag.


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