Film Screening 13th May, 2011

Poster for Faster


8:00 PM, 13th May, 2011

  • MA
  • 98 mins
  • 2010
  • George Tillman Jr.
  • Tony Gayton, Joe Gayton
  • Dwayne Johnson, Billy Bob Thornton, Carla Gugino, Maggie Grace

Okay, this is a pretty simple review. Faster is about action. Revenge-driven action. We have guns, cars, bad guys, good guys, potential good guys who did bad but probably didn’t mean to and more action. There are a few twists thrown in and a mystery to solve, but that’s not dwelt on too much unless they need to quickly set the scene for more action. We don’t even get to know the characters’ names!

Driver (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) has done 10 years hard time and is finally free. He was involved in a bungled bank robbery and, while he drove the getaway car successfully, a set-up later landed him in the big house and got his brother killed. Now a free man, he’s got a score to settle and nobody is going to stand between him and the gang that killed his bro.

But people will try and that’s where Cop (Thornton) and Killer (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) come in. They’re not so keen on Driver cooking up a whole batch of street justice. The cops are trying to piece together the ensuing crime wave but they can’t smell what Driver is cooking up – he’s been stewing over his brother’s death and is ready to dish it out. Meanwhile Killer has been hired to put a stop to this tirade by those responsible for the death of Driver’s brother. So he might not have a name, but it doesn’t matter what his name is as Faster is built on action, some plot, fast cars, B-movie homage and some clichés. But it’s a fun, action-packed (did I mention action) ride.

Steven Cain

Poster for The Green Hornet

The Green Hornet 

9:53 PM, 13th May, 2011

  • M
  • 119 mins
  • 2011
  • Michel Gondry
  • Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg
  • Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Christoph Waltz, Cameron Diaz

I had to stop and think before writing this review. How many action figures have we had over the last four to five decades? I gave up counting at twenty, but it did waste a good twenty minutes as I walked through past memories of Superman, Spiderman, Wonder Woman not to mention the Incredible Hulk and what about Astro Boy? Left field and I digress.

The gist of the story is that you have seemingly ordinary people who masquerade as something else by day and then become super heroes at night. Our hero Britt Reid (Rogen), a newspaper editor, tragically loses his father. The upside is that he meets Kato (Chou), an expert in martial arts, when he calls around to pay his respects. Reid discovers a garage full of testosterone pumped cars, as well as the full extent of Kato’s skills as a martial artist and weapons manufacturer. He immediately suggests that they become superheroes that protect the city – and the Green Hornet is born.

Since this is the age of digital, expect to see a screen full of special effects from the get-go to the end. Superheroes also have an insane amount of money which will naturally attract beautiful bikini-clad women and wild parties in scenic locales. But of course it’s mainly about the action.

The Green Hornet is not a film to be taken too seriously, but if you are up for a fun night of action-packed entertainment then bring friends as well as a few coins for popcorn and coke.

Dion Perry