Faster - Movie Review

in Movies & TV Shows2 months ago (edited)

Faster is an action thriller starring The Rock and Billy Bob Thornton. It's from the director of Men of Honor and it bombed at the box office. I think the main problem was that it couldn't decide if it wanted to be a noir thriller, a car chase movie, or a murder/revenge story. It's a little of all three, but not enough of either one to make it worthwhile.

image.png
source

The story begins with Dwayne Johnson (aka The Rock) getting out of prison. He goes to a nearby junkyard to retrieve his 70's muscle car, then drives out to a telemarketing firm and shoots one of the workers while everyone else is watching. This begins his rampage of revenge against the people who set him up to go to jail, and in the process murdered his brother. He has a list of conspirators, and is going down that list marking off names and leaving the bodies behind.


source

An assassin is hired to take down The Rock, but instead he just follows him around and doesn't even make a move while he picks off the other characters, so not much is going on there. At the same time, some detectives are trying to connect the pieces and Billy Bob Thornton has some personal problems going on that might be getting in the way of him doing his job and saving his marriage. Carla Gugino stars as a fellow detective who doesn't like dealing with Thornton.

image.png
source

While this may seem like a cool car racing movie, it only has one chase scene and the rest is just The Rock spinning out the tires and doing 180's. It's kind of lame that way. The big jump scene featured in the trailer wasn't even in the final cut of the movie, which is nice considering it was intended to be part of the climax. Showing that was like showing the muscle car flip and crash at the end of The Fast and the Furious.

image.png
source

The violence is bloody in this one, but the action is weak. It shows several people get their brains blown out and a bloody mess is left behind, but later on a knife fight scene in a bathroom is over way too quickly. There is some interesting talk about forgiveness and lives changing, but it's mainly just filler dialogue in between the shooting and fast driving. With a title like ‘Faster' you'd expect there to be some more than just The Rock in a muscle car driving really fast. This movie had all kinds of great elements and hardly used any of them the way they should have been.


source

In the end, Faster just didn't work for me. I didn't care much about the characters even though The Rock gave a strong performance, and the action scenes just didn't deliver like what was expected.