Thursday, May 26, 2011
I don’t write lot of reviews on violent movies or on action movies for that matter. But I believe Faster, which was recently released on DVD, has a different tone and a different view. Note of warning: Although Faster is not your typical shoot’em up movie, it does contain graphic violence. This movie may not be for you if you are sensitive to potential violent acts.
Next, enter The Killer, played by Oliver Jackson-Cohen. The Killer has been hired by an unknown client as a means to stop The Driver. Just like The Driver, The Killer is consumed with the task of killing. As a source of pride, The Killer always completes his assignments as a test of his abilities.
Ultimately, it’s The Evangelist, portrayed by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, who presents The Driver with the moral complexities that drive this film. Now The Driver must think about his actions and contemplate the consequences. What starts out as a typical action movie and revenge flick now takes a sudden 180 as it explores issues of forgiveness and redemption. The Evangelist states that the road of revenge is a dead end.
The major complication of Faster is The Evangelist was responsible for the death of The Driver’s brother. The Evangelist now has a family, has made peace with God and has turned his life around. He seeks to help people who are in the same fallen state as himself and The Driver. Will The Driver seek revenge and kill The Evangelist?
The Killer is given a chance to walk away. Will he walk away or complete his assignment?
Although we really never know if The Driver ultimately completely embraces redemption, he does have a great deal to ponder. Perhaps, the heart of the movie can be summed up in a conversation that The Driver has with the son of one of his victims. The voice on the other end of the phone tells The Driver he is planning on hunting him down and killing him for the death of his father. The Driver replies by saying “that’s a long journey down a dark road”. We may never seek that type of justice, but when we fail to forgive and hold on to hate, we also take a journey down a very dark road as well. Maybe that is the lesson we can all take away from this film.