Excerpt: George Tillman Jr.’s 2010 revenge fueled action film, Faster, may not look like anything that would stand out from the countless other action films that Hollywood churns out every year but looks can be deceiving. Behind that cover art showcasing Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson looking tough and hunky on a lonely desolate road is a rather clever and surprisingly character driven film, albeit one that does manage to pack in the requisite number of shoot outs and punch ups.
Excerpt: Usually there's nothing lazier in a film review than to compare the movie in question to some other vaguely similar film in order to outline its strengths and weaknesses, signaling an inability to draw straight conclusions from the source material and often creating unfair comparisons in the process. However, when confronted with something as artless and indolent as director George Tillman, Jr.
Summary: The film had a lot of promise. Sure, we’ve all seen revenge films before. This cast could have made it work. The film ends up in a messed up series of vignettes. Tillman wants so much to be Tarantino that it must be frustrating. He seems like a smart enough guy in the intros. Perhaps less style, more movie, and he might deliver in the future. But as far as Faster is concerned, “Where’s the exit?
Excerpt: Isn’t it just a little ironic that aside from Dwayne Johnson’s kiddie fare, Faster is his slowest paced movie? That’s not an issue, flaw, or problem, it’s that the title implies something else entirely. Instead, we’re given a pleasing, fun, surprisingly detailed revenge thriller in which the ex-pro wrestler barely throws a punch. That’s great actually, providing a break from Johnson’s need to play amateurish football players and tooth fairies.
Conclusion: 'Faster' had me wanting to see how well an action film would work in my hometown. Instead, movie magic (as none of the film was made here) created a town that is nothing like reality, as every single location has errors that make it obvious to anyone who has even driven through town. Also, the police force depicted here is so ridiculously inaccurate, one has to wonder what town Tony and Joe Gayton actually wanted to use when developing this script.
Excerpt: Maybe I'm getting too old, but I'm really getting tired of gratuitous violence that's so prevalent in today's films. I like an action movie just as much as the next guy, but does the violence need to come along for the ride? That aside, the action is pretty intense and well choreographed, but Johnson and Thornton's characters are hard to root for and I couldn't wait for this one to end.
Excerpt: After 10 years in prison, Driver has a singular focus - to avenge the murder of his brother during the botched bank robbery that led to his imprisonment. Now a free man with a deadly to-do list in hand, he's finally on his mission... but with two men on his trail - a veteran cop just days from retirement, and a young egocentric hitman with a flair for the art of killing and a newfound worthy opponent. The hunter is also the hunted.
Summary: God can't save you from me. Revenge isn't a dish best served cold, it's a dish best served up by The Rock. Faster is the latest from the musclebound wrestler-turned-Action star, and it's a fast, no-nonsense, hard-hitting Action flick that's almost all about payback, justice, big guns, fast cars, pumped muscles, and relentless mayhem.
Excerpt: Spending the last few years of his career trying to make family audiences adore him, Dwayne Johnson has elected to return to his action roots with the thriller "Faster." Wonderfully sleazy in spurts, R-rated, and filled with asphalt-peeling car stunts, the picture has enough nasty attitude in the early going to inspire unexpected confidence in director George Tillman, Jr.
Excerpt: In theory Faster is Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s return to the violent, gritty, action movies he should have been doing all along. Faster is violent and gritty but, when it comes to action, there’s just not a lot of it. Part of the problem is Johnson’s character, a single-minded killer who when released for prison, immediately sets out to murder a list of people. The film calls him Driver, but if he has a name, we never know it.