100 movies: Faster

100 movies of 2012

FasterFaster (19/02/12)

An ex-con sets out to avenge his brother’s death after they were double-crossed during a heist years ago. During his campaign, however, he’s tracked by a veteran cop and an egocentric hit man.

Well this film was a little bit of a surprise. I was expecting 90 minutes of ridiculous action, some beautiful cars driving around and nothing much else. Well, I was going by the poster and the fact that Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson was the leading character. My preconceptions were a just a little bit wrong.

This film is a revenge film. In the same vein as say Kill Bill. In the sense that the leading character’s relentless need for revenge is the driving force behind the whole film. Pure revenge and nothing else. Makes for a pretty good film. Dwayne Johnson is a solid lead here. He’s believable in the role. He doesn’t have much to say. But that’s because he’s only got one thing on his mind. Billy Bob’s Cop was an interesting guy. As was the character known only as killer. All three of these leading character’s stories intertwine in a way I wasn’t totally expecting. They all gain something different from their stories.

Perhaps the fact that the film wasn’t quite what I was expecting meant that I enjoyed it that much more. It’s just a straight revenge story with a fair bit of violence. There’s no relentless action. Though when there is some, it’s there for a reason. For the plot. Dwayne does a good job holding the film up. I come down on the side of respect for him and his acting career.
Rating: 4/5

Read on to see all the films watched this year…

9 Films so far this year

  1. The Tourist 1/5 (02/01/12)
  2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 5/5 (03/01/12)
  3. World’s Greatest Dad 2/5 (14/01/12)
  4. Haywire 3/5 (19/01/12)
  5. Dead Snow 3/5 (20/01/12)
  6. The Artist 5/5 (21/01/12)
  7. Priest 2/5 (05/02/12)
  8. The Muppets 5/5 (15/02/12)
  9. Faster 4/5 (19/02/12)