By: Andy Chruscicki
Rating: 5 out of 10
Faster is the equivalent of buying a vintage car that you later find out wasn’t very well kept. It looks cool and is a lot of fun when you first purchase it, but it just falls apart leaving you shaking your head in confusion and anger.
The film tells the story of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as an ex-con out to revenge his brothers death after they were double-crossed during a heist a few years ago. As soon as he sets out on his quest of revenge, he’s quickly discovered and is chased by a cop and an eccentric hit man.
One of the few things Faster has going for it is that it’s premise and story aren’t too complex, which works for it. This allows it to be simple action film that is expected to deliver thrills. In the beginning the film beckons of old revenge films giving it an old fashioned feeling.
The film also doesn’t try to over stimulate you with special effects or huge stunts. The film is what it is but doesn’t really go beyond that. This however leads the film feeling bland towards the end and wanting more.
Another problem with Faster is that the thrills come fast in the first half of the film, but then become few and far between as the film progresses. This eventually leads to a stumbling, bumbling and confusing finish that will leave many either scratching their head or furious.
The performance by Johnson isn’t bad though. All of his work in professional wrestling has made him perfect for the kind of character he plays as well as action films in general. Mediocre performances by Billy Bob Thorton and Carla Gugino don’t hurt the film but they don’t help it very much either.
If you are looking for a simple, regular old action film, Faster is for you. However, if you’re looking for something with a little more spontaneity, you might want to look elsewhere.