Movie Review: Faster (2010)

Well, tonight I went and saw the movie Faster starring Dwayne Johnson, aka the Rock, Billy Bob Thornton, Carla Gugino, and Maggie Grace.

This is another what I like to call Tuesday Movie. Basically my theater gives a half price discount for tickets on Tuesday, so that’s when I usually like to go and see these B-Rated movies.

The trailers for Faster made me initially think the movie is a simple action movie with a revenge plot, and for the most part it is.  But somehow I found it far more entertaining that I had originally thought I would. The flick starts out with Dwayne Johnson playing a character known only as the “Driver”. He is just getting out of a 10 year prison sentence. On his way out, we get a sneak peek at his personality as a Bad-ass during an interview with the warden.  We learn later on that he was imprisoned for a bank heist gone horribly wrong.  He was, yep you guessed it, the driver in the getaway car. As soon as he gets out of jail, he immediately starts killing off people one by one.

We learn that these people were the ones responsible in part for him being in jail.  You see, the bank heist was a setup, and they were all double crossed and killed.. save one, the driver.  We also learn that one of the people in the robbery was his brother, and that is why is so hell bent on revenge.

During his killing spree, he is a ruthless killing machine with no remorse or guilt. Little by little, we get to know him a little deeper, as he only wants to kill those directly responsible for his brother’s death, and as such, he lets a few people go that are trying to hunt him down.  One of these people is a cop that has been after him from the beginning.  The decision to let him go he later will regret, as they have a last show down at the very end of the film.

But there are quite a few twists and turns as the movie progresses, and one surprise at the very ending, that I did not see coming until the last 20 mins of the movie.

There are intermixed a couple of love stories, that seem more out of place and are just injected in to prolong the movie rather than seem a true part of it.

Probably the best part of the movie are the couple of rather amazing car chases where he truly shines and gets his well deserved name.

All in all, I give it 2.5 stars **1/2.  Theatrical Release Date: November 24, 2010. Runtime: 98 min

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