Posted on 3/04/11 08:52 PM
Hello all...so, in recap, I got laid off, the day later an asian woman snackin on fries on her cell phone t-bones me and totals my car I loved, then I get hired at a different company who loses their account to the firm I previously worked at...blah blah, get a crappy sport model camry just cuz it's the only thing I can afford, now my gf who struck it rich at her job is looking for a car and I'm jealous cuz I LOVE cars, I'm currently working for SONY waiting for police departments in Illinois to start testing again....annnnnnd now you're all caught up.
So, I thought this was a fitting 1st review after being gone since July of 2010. Faster is one of Dwayne Johnson's best movies. Is that saying much? Well, actually...ya...He was terrific in The Rundown, decent in the Disney movie The GamePlan, and after some horrible movies he actually gets to kick ass again, which is what he was born to do.
Faster starts with Dwayne being let out of prison. His first words are "Where's the exit?" and boom, you know what kind of movie this is. It's pretty much Deathwish, or almost every other Charles Bronson movie. In the next 5 mins he snags an awesome muscle car, speeds off, and shoots a guy in the face. Now, two other stories are going on at the same time. 1st Billy Bob Thorton is a drug-doin, gets no respect, has been, washed up cop investigating the case who has a blah reputation with Carla Gugino, another detective. 2nd, there's a hitman hired by someone to hunt down and stop Dwayne from killing more people.
First...this movie was barely worthy of the R-rating. Sure there's violence but its NOT over the top at all. You'd think cuz it's got THE ROCK that fight scenes would be 5 minutes of muscle men picking up heavy things and throwing people through walls, etc....no....ZERO...he gets a gun and he shoots people. No outrageous car chases, no prolonged silly shootouts, no random karate fights. In one scene he gets a knife...about 20 seconds later fight is over. It was sooooooo refreshing to see a movie with accurate portrayals of violence. Gunshots do what they should and NO one takes a million bullets to be gun down.
Second...the acting....not too shabby. Billy plays a drunk, not too hard for him. The Rock plays a tough guy but his character has built up soul that leaks out moment by moment and the character progression is actually fantastic.
Third...the plot....It's slowly revealed that The Rock is out to avenge the people who killed his brother....when the first guy at the begining gets shot we don't know why...that is why...so we follow The Rock meeting up with these people and taking them out. There's no grand schemes, no planning ahead...we aren't told how he finds out where the people are, we just go from one plotline to the next, cut over to the rock, "ding dong", "hello", bang...back to the first plotline.
Overall...We see multiple people in the room that are responsible for the brother's death but never their faces...until the Rock shows up at their doors and we learn their part in the murder. This editing is actually really good because while it's a given that they did something wrong, we don't know what exactly their roles were. By the end we actually see that The Rock's soul is taking a beating from all the killing and he takes a little longer to pull the trigger, sometimes letting out a tear, sometimes making the gun shake a little, etc....also, he lets people live who try and stop him but aren't on his hit list, showing he has a soul left. By the end every single plotline has to meet up of course and every single character fully develops. Is it a masterpiece, no, but I rented it from Redbox and plan on getting the bluray once it hits Amazon's $9.99 section.
If you hated this movie you expected too much. It's The Rock...doing a revenge movie...knowing it aint Inception/True Grit/etc you should have a good time watching it. Also, there are 3 twists. 1 is a given from the begining, 2 I didn't guess and I liked it, and 3 is just great storytelling that I wish I could hint at in the review, but won't.
After seeing this I have no doubts that The Rock will kick ass and hopefully slaughter Vin in Fast Five.