Faster

Review: Faster

26 Jan 12

Rock On...

Ok - first off, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is pretty ok in this role. He plays a mean dude just released from jail out to avenge his brother. Sadly, this ain't no GET CARTER - but it's a straight, by the numbers revenge action movie that owes more to Steve McQueen movies such as BULLIT and especially THE GETAWAY. Not a patch on DRIVE - but this aims for the gut rather than the brain cells. It's let down by Ryan Reynolds look-a-like Oliver Jackson-Cohen as a yoga-loving billionaire hit man. It's the sort of kooky killr character a younger Nick Cage would have been great for, but Jackson-Cohen looks like he's wandered in from an advert for men's suits / aftershave / whatever... Billy Bob Thornton is the cop - in very much the mould of Gary Oldman in the brilliant LEON: THE PROFESSIONAL - but, like his atrocious hair-piece, the script lets him down. That said, FASTER is still better than just about every recent Jason Statham vehicle...