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Faster

What she said:

She

Everyone knows not to mess with The Rock.  Well, okay, apparently NOT everyone knows, because that’s exactly what happens.  Some naïve peeps ruin The Rock’s life and in return he swears vengeance.  And boy does he ever mess some people up.  Looks like this former bank robber is also a trained assassin (not literally, but with movie magic).  Faster follows The Rock around as he goes through his hit-list and rather coldheartedly takes his enemies out, one-by-one. 

If you’re like me, you may struggle with this.  The Rock wants to hurt people so bad, but he’s also pretty darn awesome.  You’ll want to cheer for him, but at the same time, you’ll also start to want him to simmer down.  The movie is slow to tell you what his beef really is with these people, but it’s obviously pretty serious.  The film also dips into the issue of revenge, and how very unsatisfying it can be.  So, in that sense, things are a bit unfulfilling.  That’s not gratification in watching The Rock mess people up.  Just emptiness as he moves on to the next name on his list.  The movie is also a bit over-complicated.  There’s a psycho hitman and a corrupt cop with his own issues.  Things sort of come together at the end with a plot twist, but it’s all a bit much. 

This is an action movie that can’t figure out if it wants to be straight up action, or if it wants to have a moral to its story.  Unfortunately, there are times when it tries to do both, and thus becomes a bit offensively unbelievable.  Seriously, how many times can The Rock die but not die.  I wished it had been just a bit better.  Some of the forced emotion doesn’t cut it. 

Diagnosis: Thumbs half way.

What he said:

He

Faster reminded me a lot of the Vin Diesel movie A Man Apart. It was an action movie that aspired to have some depth to it. There is nothing wrong with that, but neither movie is executed well enough to pull that off, and it ends up leaving a bad taste in my mouth.

When it came to the dramatic parts, the emotion simply wasn’t there. You could tell it was meant to be emotional; it simply wasn’t executed with any sense of believability. There was no tension or drama. I knew when it was supposed to be that way, it just wasn’t.

The really ironic part is that in a movie with The Rock, Carla Gugino, and Billy Bob Thornton, I wouldn’t have though The Rock’s performance would be most believable of the bunch. There was something about Gugino and Thornton’s performance that I thought was very second rate.

There was also this whole side story with the hitman character, which simply didn’t fit in. That guy was really bad. And by bad I mean the actor’s performance and not the fact that he’s supposed to be a trained killer. That part could have been a lot better if that guy was a better actor.

If you are still interested at this point, I guess I should at least tell you what the movie is about. It is basically a revenge story. The Rock gets released from prison – after 10 years – and is hell-bent on killing those who killed his brother. There are all kinds of twists, turns, and secrets embedded in the story, but if you are like me you’ll be so turned off by the execution, you won’t care.

I think the movie could have been a lot better if some of the actors simply gave better performances. The story itself had potential.

Diagnosis: Thumbs down.

This movie review was given the He said, She said seal of approval on May 31, 2011.