Faster is the story of Driver (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson). In the beginning of the film he is released from prison. Not more than an hour later he shows up in a crowded office and blows some ginger’s brains out.
The rest of the film follows Driver as he hunts down a list of five people. As the film progresses you are shown more and more of his past and why he is doing this. This is actually where I think the film is at its weakest. Have you ever seen Blood and Bone? If you answered no to that question, go out and get that movie. Now. It is the perfect example of how an action film should be made. What Blood and Bone did correctly, is what Faster does wrong. In Blood and Bone, Bone (the main character) simply exists. You never get an explanation for why he is such a badass. You never get a back story. He is simply a take no prisoners, destroy anything that gets in his way, badass mother (shut yo mouth!).
In Faster, they try and make Driver a badass. In the beginning they even so go far as to call him a ghost that can’t be killed. And he has almost no dialog throughout the entire movie, making him more mysterious. But then, through the back story, they try and make him out to be the guy who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. They even go so far as to make him the delinquent who was beaten as a child by his father. I don’t care why he is being a badass. I want more scenes of The Rock being a badass. I have had to sit through years of crap like The Toothfairy and Race to Witch Mountain to get back to the man who was supposed to be the next Arnold Schwarzenegger. (I am talking Terminator, Commando, and Predator Schwarzenegger.)
But this story has absolutely no idea who is the good guy or bad guy for that matter. Another character in this play is Assassin. This is a character who is written as a man who was never supposed to walk correctly but is now the peak of human physical condition. His story is that he is thinking about leaving being a hitman to become a husband and father. And although I do appreciate the many scenes of his wife in lingerie, why do I care if the man who is supposed to be hunting down and killing the main character is having an identity crisis?
And this review has not even touched on the twist at the end, that you can see coming a mile away. Again, it is intended to ask who is the good guy and who is the bad guy here. But again, I just want the action.
So to make this review simple: plot = crap/action = awesome. If you can turn off your brain and just enjoy some crazy driving and fighting scenes, then I still highly recommend this movie. The Rock needs a true action movie to become the next Shwarzenneger. This is not it, but it is a step in the right direction.