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It would be easier to dismiss the showiness of the overwhelmingly manic, pulsating style of 127 Hours if it weren’t so perfectly characteristic of its protagonist. With his earnest zest for life and self-proclaimed superhero status, Aron Ralston refuses to let anything keep him in one place for too long—save for, you know, a big rock. Viewers already know exactly how the movie is going to end the moment his arm gets lodged against that boulder, but the tale remains thrilling all the same. Boyle’s cinematically charged approach ensures that not a sensation or hallucinatory memory goes by without the viewer experiencing it in as intimately vivid of detail as the medium will allow, appropriately putting the emphasis on Ralston’s emotional journey rather than the pat how-will-he-escape narrative one. It’s a rare example of an inspirational true story that doesn’t ring false, never feeling clouded by the need to please audiences or adhere to the same emotional artifice as most films of its ilk. That the story ends on a note of life-affirming triumph is of course the expected conclusion, but unlike the phony “heartwarming true story” garbage that studios like Disney churn out at least once a year, 127 Hours earns it.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD – A commentary with Danny Boyle, Christian Colson & Simon Beaufoy, and deleted scenes. Blu-ray – Includes everything on the DVD, as well as 2 featurettes (“Search & Rescue”, “127 Hours: An Extraordinary View”), a God of Love short film by Luke Matheny, and a digital copy of the film.

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Faster has a hell of an opening. Dwayne Johnson — imposing, singularly determined and looking like The Rock for the first time in quite a while — is released from prison. On foot, he trucks over to an auto scrap yard containing a shrouded Chevelle. As the car is revealed, the song ‘Goodbye My Friend‘ by the De Angelis Brothers kicks in. The man, the car and this theme from a ’74 Italian police thriller called Street Law make as good a statement of purpose as any. The suggestion is that Faster will be a movie that plays like The Rock looks: muscular, mean and single-minded.

If only that were true. While the Rock cuts an impressive figure as a violent anti-hero, the movie around him is as misconceived as they come. There aren’t enough auto wreck metaphors to get across how thoroughly Faster demolishes a simple revenge movie premise. Read More »

This is how I want my action movie trailers to play. Blocky fonts, a fake Cannon Films logo, music by The Sword and Rocket From the Crypt, and a whole bunch of arse-kickery. Garrison Dean (who contributes to io9) cut this trailer for Faster starring Dwayne Johnson…er, The Rock, and it is a burly, effective ninety seconds of video. Read More »

Movie Trailer #2: ‘Faster’


We’ve seen two trailers for Faster, the action/revenge film starring Dwayne Johnson. One was a teaser and the other a red-band that many people complained showed way too much. (I didn’t watch it, but since I haven’t yet seen the film I couldn’t vouch for that accusation.)

This is the first proper theatrical trailer, however, so it gives up more of the story that sees Dwayne Johnson trying to avenge the killing of his brother, which puts him in opposition to a cop played by Billy Bob Thornton and a mysterious woman, played by Maggie Grace. Read More »

Red Band Movie Trailer: Faster


CBS Films has released a new Red Band movie trailer from their upcoming action film Faster. The George Tillman Jr.-directed revenge thriller stars Dwayne Johnson as “an ex-con pursued by cops and killers as he sets out to avenge his brother’s death.” Looks like your typical revenge action thriller, but I enjoy The Rock when it isn’t a kid’s film and I’ll see anything that has Clint Mansell’s score.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer now. And please leave your thoughts in the comments below!
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Teaser Trailer: Faster, Starring Dwayne Johnson


CBS Films hasn’t exactly been setting theaters on fire; the company has released Extraordinary Measures and The Back-Up Plan. The company is going for a much more action-oriented appeal with Faster, which stars Dwayne Johnson as a guy out for revenge after being released from prison.

The first teaser for Faster is out now, but does it offer more than just a straight-up revenge tale with a title screen that looks like it was borrowed from The Fast and the Furious? Well… Read More »

First Look: Dwayne Johnson in Faster

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CBS Films premiered the first production photo from their upcoming action film Faster in today’s edition of USA Today. The George Tillman Jr.-directed revenge thriller stars Dwayne Johnson as “an ex-con pursued by cops and killers as he sets out to avenge his brother’s death.” The photo above was taken from a promo poster on display at ShoWest. Check out the first production photo, included after the jump.
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Carla Gugino Replaces Salma Hayek in Faster

Carla Gugino

Carla Gugino (Watchmen, Sin City) has joined the cast of Faster, the George Tillman Jr.-directed revenge thriller starring Dwayne Johnson. It seems logical that Gugino is the replacement for Salma Hayek, who at the last minute (January 31st) dropped out of the project due to supposed “scheduling issues”. If so, that is definitely a step-up in terms of acting talent, but a step down in terms of star value and marketability.

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With a bunch of films scheduled to start shooting later this month and into the dregs of winter, we’re starting to get some new blasts of casting info. First up, Moon Bloodgood has a new role in Faster, the George Tillman Jr.-directed revenge drama starring Dwayne Johnson. She’ll play Johnson’s girlfriend; Johnson is “an ex-con pursued by cops and killers as he sets out to avenge his brother’s death.” Also in the cast is Oliver Jackson-Cohen, who will be one of the killers on the Rock’s trail. The trade report describes his character as “a self-made millionaire who kills for fun.” [THR]

After the break, Kevin Spacey goes to China and Paul Giamatti may work with The Visitor director Tom McCarthy. Read More »

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It’s been slow on the casting front since late December, when Hollywood pretty much shut down for the holidays. Now that everyone is back to work things are picking up slowly.

Christina Ricci has joined the cast of Bel Ami, which already stars Robert Pattinson and Uma Thurman. Based on Guy de Maupassant‘s short story ‘Bel Ami,’ the film will follow George Duroy (Pattinson), a young journalist who rose from poverty to become one of the most successful men in Paris via the ruthless and calculating bedding of the city’s most glamorous and influential women. Kristin Scott Thomas is also in the cast. Filming starts next month in Paris. [Production Weekly]

After the break, new work for Maggie Grace, Salma Hayek, Kat Dennings and Josh Lucas. Read More »