New In Theaters Review: Faster

In the movie “Faster”, Driver (Dwayne Johnson) just spent ten years of his life behind bars, and in all that time he has only had one thing on his mind, revenge. When he is released, his sole purpose is the go after the people that killed his brother after the bank robbery that he and his brother did, that landed him in jail. Now freshly out of prison he has a list of the members responsible and he’s going to take them out one after another. On his trail is a veteran cop (Billy Bob Thornton) who is just days away from his retirement, and he wants to be the one to catch Driver. Also there has been a hit man (Oliver Jackson Cohen) hired by one of the people on Driver’s list, to try and kill him before he gets to them. As Driver starts to erase names from his list, he soon discovers that the list may not be complete, and that there may be someone else who orchestrated the ambush on him and his brother. It’s a race against time, for Driver to complete his mission before he is either caught or killed.

It was good to see Dwayne Johnson back in a full out action movie after such a long time of doing other projects. This movie was definitely made for an actor like Dwayne, as the character was a 100% badass. There were some parts that were a bit over the top, but it was still entertaining. The character of the hit man was one such “over the top” part of the movie. He just was kind of unbelievable in the whole realm of how paid assassins should be. He was a bit flashy and kind of stood out in a crowd, not your typical killer look. Billy Bob Thornton was good in his role as the cop, who had a lot of side issues going on in his life. There wasn’t too much fighting going on in this movie, mostly just very load guns going off. The one fight scene that Dwayne does have with a guy who’s about double the size of him, didn’t last very long and that was a bit disappointing. But as far as Dwayne’s character dishing out his revenge, it was definitely cool to watch. The gun he was using, a Ruger Super Redhawk Alaskan, shot some very damaging bullets and was very loud. There is also a chase scene between a Ferrari and the car Dwayne’s character drove, a 71 Chevelle, which was pretty nice as well, but could have been longer.

Overall, I wasn’t disappointed with this movie, I just felt that the characters that were being targeted, could have been a bit more menacing. I give this movie a rating of 2 bullets, out of 4. It did have some exciting scenes, it just needed to either have a better storyline or more action put into the movie, which it somewhat lacked on both parts. The movie runs 1 hour and 38mins. It’s rated R for strong violence, some drug use and language. It was written by Tony and Joe Gayton. The film was directed by George Tillman Jr. It was produced by CBS Films, Castle Rock Entertainment, and State Street Pictures. It was distributed by CBS Films.

Revenge is a dish best served cold (translated from the French term: “La vengeance est un plat qui se mange froid,”) – Pierre Ambroise Francois Choderios de LaClos
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