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T500FC, 497th: Faster (George Tillman Jr, 2010)

February.16.2011

Hello Dwayne Johnson, one of the wrestling stars who really made it to Hollywood. In fact, if you’re going to see his credits, he really made it big. With the likes of The Mummy Returns, The Scorpion King, Doom, Get Smart, Tooth Fairy, The Game Plan, and The Other Guys, you’d really say that he is successful as opposed to someone who had it first, like Hulk Hogan for example. Seriously, that film line-up is not just a handful, that is a lot, and if you’re going to check out his filmography, he stayed on the path of being a clean actor.

Now, let me focus on the actor, since the story of the film can be broken down in three sentences. I was rooting for this guy ever since he became a CGI in one of Brendan Fraser’s films and aside from that, I am a wrestling fan. Year after year, it was sort of fail for me to see him doing sweet stuff. The Game Plan, Race To Witch Mountain, and Tooth Fairy really brought him down to today’s Jackie Chan. I missed him in the box-office failure, The Rundown and even the flimsy remake of Walking Tall. But hey, I liked him in those films. They might look like films that would fall under the B-movie genre but he was sort of good in that.

Now, one may not like the concept of this film’s premise. Dwayne Johnson playing a character, known to be good most of the time, would probably show a less than crazy role and even with the Vin Diesel feel, we know that he might not kill anyone in this film. But given the first few scenes of the film, you’d probably say that you were wrong with the expectations.

George Tillman, Jr., who came out with the 2000 hit Men Of Honor, tells the story of Faster. With its title, one may wonder if this is another Fast and the Furious film, but it’s not. The film is all about revenge and the description will stay that way.

It would be nice if they added depth for the antagonists in the film. As an action movie, the time frame looks like it lacks length; it was sort of predictable too. But I guess I see the point on where the director is leading the story; it was fairly as simple as binary. Either he is or he isn’t. Yes or no. And it was efficient this way especially if you’d like the small drama, the minor guessing and a little bit of action sequences.

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