Dwayne Johnson's return to action films is long overdue. Aside from his awesome (but tiny) role in The Other Guys, he's been mainly stuck in Disney territory, babysitting kids and flying around on fairy wings. Faster takes him back to his strike zone -- movies like The Rundown, where he can get in knife fights while surrounded by explosions. Except the pendulum has swung too far in the other direction. Faster is ridiculous, but no fun. It's violent, but in the least creative way possible. People run and drive fast, but it's usually just because they need to get somewhere. And when they drive backwards, it's not clear why. Basically, the story is as monochromatic as the film's palette, which seems to use only two colors, tan and brown.
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson started out on his transition from the world of wrestling to the world of movies in the way that you'd expect any beefy athlete to: playing a bad guy in a mummy movie. Perfect. His action follow-ups the Scorpion King, The Rundown and Walking Tall showed he could carry a lead role, but lately he's been in a slew of flicks that are a little more kid-friendly, from The Game Plan (tough football player saddled with a precious kid he didn't know he had) to Disney's Race to Witch Mountain (cranky cab driver saddled with two alien runaways) to the forthcoming Tooth Fairy (tough hockey player gets stuck being a tooth fairy). We understand that Johnson wants to show his range, but the family fare is killing us. Since we still sorta like the guy and want to see him back in top form, we've got some suggestions for future career moves he should make.