Screen Junkies » faster http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Mon, 22 Sep 2014 21:46:07 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Video Interview: The Rock ‘Faster’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/clips-movie/video-interview-the-rock-faster/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/clips-movie/video-interview-the-rock-faster/#comments Wed, 24 Nov 2010 22:16:05 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=9199 Johnson was a good sport when I tied in Faster with the upcoming Fast Five. He also appreciated my Point Blank reference and told us it’s okay to still call him The Rock.

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In my 10+ years of journalism experience, I have found that the best interviews ever are professional wrestlers. Their entire job is public speaking, riling up the crowd. When they get into a more intimate situation, they know exactly how to present their soundbites so they sound like natural conversation and engage you personally.

Dwayne Johnson has been doing this for 10 years himself as a movie star. His latest movie, Faster, is a return to the sort of action we always expected from The Rock. He plays Driver, an ex-con simply out for revenge. He goes after the gang who betrayed him and killed his brother with nary a word, let alone a cute one-liner.

Johnson was a good sport when I tied in Faster with the upcoming Fast Five. The fifth in the Fast and the Furious series pits Johnson against Vin Diesel. He also appreciated my Point Blank reference and told us it’s okay to still call him The Rock. Check out the video below.


The Roc Faster Interview – Watch more Funny Videos

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Jonna Walsh http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/jonna-walsh/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/jonna-walsh/#comments Wed, 24 Nov 2010 19:00:10 +0000 Reza F. http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Gallery&p=9095 Though Faster actress Jonna Walsh hasn’t gained much recognition since launching her career in 2004, it’s difficult to forget a face like that once you’ve seen it, even if only for a brief moment in a throwaway episode of “CSI: NY.”

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Though Faster actress Jonna Walsh hasn’t gained much recognition since launching her career in 2004, it’s difficult to forget a face like that once you’ve seen it, even if only for a brief moment in a throwaway episode of “CSI: NY.” But with regular television appearances and a couple of feature length films under her belt, it could just be a matter of time before that face starts showing up more and more.

A word from Jonna: “I love Carrie Bradshaw.”

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Review: Faster http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-faster/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-faster/#comments Fri, 19 Nov 2010 22:05:44 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=8831 The tough guy movie of the year is here. Faster is all about the characters and attitude, much more so than action. This is how you make a cool movie. It’s not just set pieces. It’s an overall tone.

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The tough guy movie of the year is here. Faster is all about the characters and attitude, much more so than action. This is how you make a cool movie. It’s not just set pieces. It’s an overall tone.

driver (Dwayne Johnson) gets out of prison and goes on a rampage, shooting people before you even know what’s going on. This is a list movie, where they introduce all the bad guys and then Driver goes through killing them all. That might remind audiences of Kill Bill but to me it harkens back to Point Blank. There’s no watered down “likeability” but it’s full of respect and honor.  The characters accept their role in this story and have their confrontations.

Killer (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) is on Driver’s tail, and Killer is just interested in conquering another quest. He’s already a perfect physical specimen. He just needs a more dangerous game. Cop (Billy Bob Thornton) is on the case, but he’s not a very good cop. Each character speaks to what another character lacks, and it’s a more interesting triangle than usual.

Driver is the best character The Rock has ever played, and that includes The Rock. His actions are so stark before he does pretty much any talking, it just brings us into this story. We don’t have to know Driver’s motivations right away, but we’ve got to stick with him because we’re already in too deep to get out.

I like The Rock, and Johnson is good at comedy too, but it’s cool to see him take a serious badass role. There’s a lot of staring going on. He’s sweaty and gritty. He crosses several lanes of traffic without looking. Of course we know the cars will stop but he doesn’t care. He tosses an interventionist card because he’s not going to talk about his feelings. The Rock is back in action, and better than ever.

George Tillman, Jr. may not have a lot of action set pieces in Faster but he knows how to play visually. His character introductions are completely informative, incorporating behavior and visual cues with slow motion, music and humor. Driver’s reunion with his car is a big deal, even though there’s not really a car chase. There kind of doesn’t have to be, because Driver probably wouldn’t risk his beauty.

Faster brings back all the classic elements that have been missing from movies and takes them to new levels. Driver is one of those miraculous cases of survival who should be dead but he’s back. The hit man is obsessed with excellence and conquering all challenges. There is actually a character close to retirement, and the “one last job” angle has a way different context here. There’s even a gratuitous strip club scene, although they’re all in bikinis. Damn.

The film introduces some new twists too. Real things happen to these characters in between plot points. The deadbeat cop who works too much actually chooses his family in an interesting, still morally ambiguous way. They deal with relationships, addictions, families and religion. Some films throw that in to pretend they have more of a plot, but Faster actually delivers the drama.

I do wonder how all these expert drivers in movies have time to work out and study martial arts too. Learning how to drive that well must take hours and hours behind the wheel every day for your entire life. Those are good skills but you’re still in a seated position. What, you drive for six hours, lift weights for two and do kata before bed?

Faster is just a solid, aggressive thriller. The title might suggest more action than the movie actually delivers, because that’s probably the only way to market it. It’s actually a refreshing minimalist character piece, but man does it propel you through Driver’s anger and Killer’s obsession. Dare I say Faster is also furious? I dare.

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Links Away: Fan-Made ‘Faster’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/links-away-fan-made-pro-rock-faster-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/links-away-fan-made-pro-rock-faster-trailer/#comments Tue, 16 Nov 2010 01:15:24 +0000 Reza F. http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=8271 Studios should take fan-made trailers and run them nationally as official film trailers. Fans seem to make movies look a lot more badass than professional trailer editors. This trailer for Faster emphasizes what The Rock should have been doing all along -- stompin' fools instead wearing tutus and fairy wings.

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Studios should take fan-made trailers and run them nationally as official film trailers. Fans seem to make movies look a lot more badass than professional trailer editors. This trailer for Faster emphasizes what The Rock should have been doing all along — stompin’ fools instead wearing tutus and fairy wings. (/Film)

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Dwayne Johnson Loves Head Shots In New ‘Faster’ Red Band Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/dwayne-johnson-loves-head-shots-in-new-faster-red-band-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/dwayne-johnson-loves-head-shots-in-new-faster-red-band-trailer/#comments Wed, 06 Oct 2010 22:43:58 +0000 Reza F. CBS Films has dropped a new red band trailer for Faster. It’s directed by George Tillman Jr. and stars Dwayne “Don’t Call Me The Rock Anymore” Johnson, Billy Bob Thornton,...

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CBS Films has dropped a new red band trailer for Faster. It’s directed by George Tillman Jr. and stars Dwayne “Don’t Call Me The Rock Anymore” Johnson, Billy Bob Thornton, Carla Gugino, Maggie Grace, and Moon Bloodgood.

Looks like there are plenty of brutal head shots as an ex-con drives, I’m going to assume fast, throughout the city knocking off the gang members that killed his brother ten years prior. Why anyone would ever f*ck with Dwayne’s family is beyond me. I would just assume once he’s let out of prison I’m dead.

Check out the NSFW trailer after the jump…

Mor Faster Videos

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Dwayne Johnson Is Pissed in the ‘Faster’ Teaser Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/dwayne-johnson-is-pissed-in-the-faster-teaser-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/dwayne-johnson-is-pissed-in-the-faster-teaser-trailer/#comments Mon, 19 Jul 2010 17:58:16 +0000 Reza F. The Faster teaser trailer has Tokyo drifted onto the scene. It’s nice to see Dwayne Johnson shedding his tooth fairy wings and picking up a gun. He should only kick...

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The Faster teaser trailer has Tokyo drifted onto the scene. It’s nice to see Dwayne Johnson shedding his tooth fairy wings and picking up a gun. He should only kick ass from now on and stop these movies where he gets into embarassing situations with nine-year-olds.

The film follows an ex-con who sets out to avenge his brother’s death after they were double-crossed during a heist years ago. It also stars Billy Bob Thornton, Maggie Grace, Moon Bloodgood, and Carla Gugino. That’s a whole lotta sexy for one movie. The women must have joined together at some point to fend off Billy Bob’s forceful advances.

Faster skids into theaters Novembe 24, 2010.

Check out the teaser after the jump…


Faster — Trailer – Watch more Movie Trailers

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First Pic of Dwayne “Don’t Call Me The Rock Anymore” Johnson in ‘Faster’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/first-pic-of-dwayne-dont-call-me-the-rock-anymore-johnson-in-faster/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/first-pic-of-dwayne-dont-call-me-the-rock-anymore-johnson-in-faster/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 USA Today premiered the first production still of the action movie Faster starring Dwayne Johnson, the wrestler with the eyebrow thing. The Rock (Ooooopsie!) plays “an ex-con pursued by cops and killers as he sets out to avenge his brother’s death.” The film also stars Billy Bob Thornton, Carla Gugino, and Moon Bloodgood. Now I can think of two reasons to see this film that each have two reasons to see this film. And no, I'm not talking about testicles.The tag for Faster is "Revenge is the only thing that drives him." Thought provoking stuff, but I think that this guy would disagree:Show your chauffeur some respect Dwaaaayne. (/Film)

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USA Today premiered the first production still of the action movie Faster starring Dwayne Johnson the wrestler with the eyebrow thing. The Rock (Ooooopsie!) plays “an ex-con pursued by cops and killers as he sets out to avenge his brother’s death.” The film also stars Billy Bob Thornton, Carla Gugino, and Moon Bloodgood. Now I can think of two reasons to see this film that each have two reasons to see this film. And no, I’m not talking about testicles.

The tag for Faster is "Revenge is the only thing that drives him." Thought provoking stuff, but I think that this guy would disagree:

Show your chauffeur some respect Dwaaaayne. (/Film)

 

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Carla Gugino Fills Salma Hayek’s Hole in ‘Faster’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/carla-gugino-fills-salma-hayeks-hole-in-faster/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/carla-gugino-fills-salma-hayeks-hole-in-faster/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 I'm only writing this up because I wanted to search for pictures of Salma Hayek and Carla Gugino. Let's just take a moment to look at the above side-by-side.Don't rush me!Alright. Gugino is replacing Hayek in the role she bailed on back in January in the revenge thriller Faster. Dwayne "I'm Still Calling Him The Rock" Johnson plays an ex-con on a mission to avenge his brother's murder. A DEADLY mission. Conflict abound! Gugino will play the detective hot on his trail, looking to pin a decade-old case on the people's eyebrow. Hopefully The Rock will pin Carla to a decade-old headboard. Right before they do it sexually on a slightly vintage bedframe. Musty smells turn me on. (Variety)

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I’m only writing this up because I wanted to search for pictures of Salma Hayek and Carla Gugino. Let’s just take a moment to look at the above side-by-side.

Don’t rush me!

Alright. Gugino is replacing Hayek in the role she bailed on back in January in the revenge thriller Faster. Dwayne "I’m Still Calling Him The Rock" Johnson plays an ex-con on a mission to avenge his brother’s murder. A DEADLY mission. Conflict abound! Gugino will play the detective hot on his trail, looking to pin a decade-old case on the people’s eyebrow. Hopefully The Rock will pin Carla to a decade-old headboard. Right before they do it sexually on a slightly vintage bedframe. Musty smells turn me on. (Variety)

 

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