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Faster
Reviewed by
Simon Black
on
Faster Blu-ray Review The film can’t really be accused of being intelligent, or even particularly cogent – the majority of its characters are straight from the pages of a Marvel comic book but as far as big budget revenge movies go it certainly has its moments. 
Rating:
3.0

Feature 6.0
Video 8.5
Audio 8.5
Special Features 6.5
Total 6.0

Distributor: Sony
Running Time: 100  Minutes
Reviewer: Simon Black
Classification
: MA15+

6.0


Faster

Having spent the last decade behind bars after a bank heist that went decidedly wrong, resulting in the death of his accomplice brother, amongst others, ‘The Driver’ (Dwayne Johnson) wants revenge on those who set him up, and on the gunmen that slaughtered his crew.  Hot on his tail are a dashing if distractingly poncey hitman (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) and the world’s most ineffectual pair of cops, played by Billy Bob Thornton and Sin City’s Carla Gugino, though their bumbling means that Johnson can commit as much mayhem as he desires and simply stroll from crime scene to crime scene, which is somewhat beneficial to the narrative as a whole. 

Though Johnson no longer goes by his Rock moniker he’s looking more mountainous than ever, and is perfectly cast as the bulky, brooding ex-con hell bent on revenge - he even manages a few tears on occasion.  Billy Bob, he of the Steve Buscemi pasty-chain-smokers-with-bad-teeth school of thespianism, is also predictably convincing as the junkie cop struggling to main some semblance of a career, and family life, in the lead up to retirement (although he doesn’t once utter the words ‘I’m too old for this shit’ it’s clearly implied).  The film can’t really be accused of being intelligent, or even particularly cogent – the majority of its characters are straight from the pages of a Marvel comic book, and the twist ending can be seen coming a mile off – but as far as big budget revenge movies go it certainly has its moments. 

Audio & Video

There are a couple of minor annoyances with the disc - it takes a minute or so to load, the menu options creak around at a snail’s pace and every time you press stop the whole thing reloads again from the start, rather than simply resuming automatically.  That said the picture quality is pretty schmick, with the slightly grainy HD transfer perfectly suiting the gritty subject matter, and the score courtesy of longtime Darren Aronofsky collaborator Clint Mansell.  Though the soundtrack is nowhere near as mesmerising as that of Requiem for a Dream or Black Swan and relies rather more heavily on go-to movie songs like ‘I Wanna Be Your Dog’ and Kenny Rogers’ ‘I Just Dropped in to See What Condition My Condition Was In’ (a near blasphemy considering its iconic use in The Big Lebowski) it’s a solid effort that displays suitable clarity and directionality in DTS-HD surround. 

Special Features

A few decent extras are on offer, including the film’s original ending introduced by director George Tillman, several deleted scenes, a couple of featurettes, animatics and a handful of trailers. 






 
 



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