Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Faster - Movie Review


Starring Dwayne Johnson, Billy Bob Thornton, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Carla Gugino, Maggie Grace, Moon Goodblood, Tom Berenger, Mike Epps, Jennifer Carpenter, Xander Berkeley and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje.
Directed by George Tillman Jr.

This is a straightforward revenge flick which felt closer to the 1970's style than recent Robert Rodrgiuez efforts. Dwayne Johnson is "Driver," a bulked-up tattooed man who's just finished serving ten years in prison. He is a man on a mission. He marches to his old car, which inexplicably starts on the first try. (I guess someone's been taking care of it.) He drives to a location. He marches into the building. He looks around the cubicle farm. He sees the guy he wants. He shoots him in the head.

This movie isn't kidding around. Soon after we meet Billy Bob Thornton as "Cop," investigating the case. Then for fun, a British Jake Gyllenhaal-type Oliver Jackson-Cohen shows up as "Killer." He's a hitman hired to kill Driver before he eliminates everyone on his revenge list.

Johnson, more bulked up than he's been in in years, is an unstoppable force here, and director Tillman (Notorious) gives the whole thing a gritty feel. The twist ending gives itself away halfway through the movie, and of the three main characters I never really cared for Killer, and yet I still enjoyed the journey, hoping somehow the Driver find redemption before the runaway train hits the end of the road.

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