So, maybe Dwayne Johnson is starting to listen.
Because I’ll tell you this: the trailer for Faster doesn’t make it look like the greatest movie ever. But it does not fuck around. It’s loud, it’s violent as hell, and it’s nasty looking. And it’s got Dwayne Johnson… no tooth fairies. No little girls and football teams. No strange alien children. No, it’s Johnson, a car, and a gun, tearing through bad guys like he’s got a nest of wasps in his brain.
Also? Try not to confuse it with Drive Angry, the very similar Nic Cage vehicle (hey o!).
I’ve said it since The Rundown: Johnson has vast potential as an action star. I wasn’t expecting him to make a hard-R leap like this, but I’m OK with it. The story, about a wheelman out for vengeance against the people who killed his brother, isn’t going to set the world on fire. The director, George Tillman Jr., isn’t exactly an action icon (Notorious, Men of Honor, Soul Food are his notables). And the cast — including Billy Bob Thornton, Maggie Grace, and Carla Gugino, ain’t what you’d call A-list (it also features Tom Berenger (!), Xander Berkley, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and Moon Bloodgood). It’s not going to be good, per se, but it’s got all the trappings of first-rate B-movie deliciousness. Just like The Rundown, but with more bloodshed.
I guess what I’m saying is: Sign me the fuck up.
Anyway, here’s the trailer. A warning though — it shows a lot of the kills, which means it might be vaguely spoilery. It’s one of those trailers that shows a little too much. So, with that caveat in mind: