December 31, 2013.

This blog is now closed. After three years and 311 posts, I have decided to end this blog. I have enjoyed watching the films, reviewing them, and interacting with global readers.

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Thank you to all the readers for your comments, ideas, and thoughts. They were helpful, stimulating, and enriching. This is Alene, signing off.

May 23, 2011

Faster (2010)

When it's over, Faster suffers from a weak story and an even weaker sub-plot that stagnates the story rather than moves it forward.  Dwayne Johnson plays a man known as the Driver, who seeks revenge for the murder of his brother.  The film's sole focus is revenge and because of that, it failed to accelerate.  The film spends most of its time showing the Driver going on a rampage and killing for revenge, but what the film should have done is expand on the Driver's trauma and pain, so, as the viewer, I can sympathize with the character and his vigilante methods.  A character that's one dimensional is boring and uninteresting (he just points and shoots), but if you give that character a lifeline (a past, a present, and a future), then the character is someone I can relate to and care about.  Also,I think the producers should have made the executive decision to cut out the "assassin for hire" sub-plot, in which an assassin is hired to take out the Driver.  This sub-plot was pointless and unrelated to the main story and a waste of screen time.  Instead, that screen time should have been used to develop the two key characters - the Driver and the Cop, played by Billy Bob Thornton.  I think Johnson and Thornton would have made great adversaries if the story had been better crafted.

My rating: 2 out of 5

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