Faster (2010)

The problem with this film is that it tries to be a straight out action film *and* a film with emotional depth. By aiming to be both it succeeds at neither and ends up in a confusing middle ground. The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) is ok and his stony personality suits that of his character – an ex-con on a mission to avenge his brother’s death. The bumbling British hitman however is less welcome, his personality apparently only chosen so you will empathise with him and his wife – you don’t.

It’s watchable because of the action and (surprisingly) for it’s weird attempts at emotional depth, which make it seem quirky at times. It also deserves credit for at least trying to paint it’s characters in shades-of-grey rather than black and white. A failure then but an interesting one… 5/10


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