Faster (2010)

Director: George Tillman Jr.
Writer: Tony Gayton, Joe Gayton
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Billy Bob Thornton, Carla Gugino, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Maggie Grace, Xander Berkeley, Tom Berenger, Matt Gerald, Mike Epps, Moon Bloodgood, Jennifer Carpenter, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Seen on: 31.5.2021

The Driver (Dwayne Johnson) spent ten years in prison after a bank robbery, but now he is finally being released – and he has people to go after. He immediately goes for it, too. Leaving the investigating detectives (Billy Bob Thornton, Carla Gugino) puzzling over his motives. Meanwhile, a bored billionaire and killer-for-hire (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) is sent after the Driver as well. The Driver doesn’t have much time to finish his business.

Faster was probably the worst Dwayne Johnson film I ever saw. I mean, usually his films are, if not exactly good, at least entertaining all the way. But this one was just dreary and trying way too hard.

The film poster showing the Driver (Dwayne Johnson) standing tall, revolver in hand.
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The Sessions (2012)

The Sessions
Director: Ben Lewin
Writer: Ben Lewin
Based on: Mark O’Brien‘s life
Cast: John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy, Moon Bloodgood, Annika Marks, Adam Arkin

Mark (John Hawkes) got polio when he was a child and has been paralyzed ever since. Now he’s in his thirties and spends most of his time in an iron lung and helped by personal assistants. Recently a wish has been  growing in Mark: he wants to lose his virginity. After talking it over with his priest, Father Brendan (William H. Macy), Mark enlists the help of a sex surrogate, a kind of sex therapist – Cheryl (Helen Hunt).

The Sessions is a sweet and fun film with a really good cast. The story is interesting and gives you a glimpse at an extraordinary life. It’s really touching.


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Terminator Salvation (2009)

Terminator Salvation is part four of the Terminator movies, directed by McG and starring Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Moon Bloodgood, Anton Yelchin and Helena Bonham-Carter.

It’s the future and the machines have almost completely taken over the world. There’s a small band of humans left who fight against them, led by John Connor (Christian Bale) who is at the moment looking for his teenage father Kyle (Anton Yelchin) (who got to be his father through time travel).
At the same time a young man (Sam Worthington) who doesn’t know anything about what’s going on makes his way through the world, discovering that he’s not quite human.

I never was a big Terminator fan. I watched the first two in preparation for the movie, but then couldn’t be bothered to watch number three. I went to the cinema for the cast. But because of that my hopes were rather high – the cast is really good and the premise is interesting (and from the trailer it seemed like they would take it to interesting places), plus I didn’t have any emotional attachment to the old movies which could be damaged by a reinterpretation of the series. Even when the first abysmal reviews came in, I still had hopes that it only sucked for people who liked the previous movies.

No such luck. This movie sucks for everybody.



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