Faster is a strange film. It has the feel of a classy production. The director (George Tillman Jr — who directed Notorious) seems to know what he is doing. There is a certain dark, noir-ish mood infused throughout. It features a star studded cast — Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson (looking bulkier than in recent times), Billy Bob Thornton, Carla Gugino, Moon Bloodgood and Maggie Grace. And yet, I found the whole thing incredibly uninspiring and forgettable.
Perhaps it’s the couldn’t-be-any-simpler plot — a guy (The Rock) is just released from prison and decides to go on a killing rampage against the people that put him there in the first place (oh, and killed his beloved big brother). There’s cops (Thornton and Gugino) chasing him. And a hired assassin. You get the drift — kill, chase, investigate and repeat until final climax.
Speaking of which, perhaps it’s the silly subplot with the beautiful genius assassin (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) and his lovely girlfriend (Maggie Grace) that spoiled it. The dude is supposed to be some super-overachiever who needs a challenge to keep himself going — but they tried to be too cute with it and it came off looking contrived. And besides, Jackson-Cohen can’t act. He looked good but was horrible.
But perhaps the worst part was that the whole time, the secret mastermind behind everything was so obvious it stuck out like dog’s balls.
Accordingly, I had the bizarre feeling when watching Faster that I should be watching something that’s a lot better than what’s before my eyes. It wasn’t awful, but it kept me wondering what all these stars saw in the script. The gun-fight scenes were okay, as were the obligatory car chases. Ultimately, however, I suppose the title of the film is apt, because I wanted it to end ‘faster.’
2 stars out of 5