After his sponsor replaces him with his arch rival, a race-car driver decides to steal the car and race it himself.After his sponsor replaces him with his arch rival, a race-car driver decides to steal the car and race it himself.After his sponsor replaces him with his arch rival, a race-car driver decides to steal the car and race it himself.
** (out of 4)
Mildly entertaining drama about drag racer Lonnie Johnson (William Smith) who is battling an evil owner (John Saxon) who is after money instead of winning. Lonnie takes new racer Billy Brocker (Nicholas Campbell) under his wing and soon the two are into a deadly game with the owner.
FAST COMPANY is a pretty strange movie from David Cronenberg. Usually when you think of Cronenberg and strange you think of the countless bizarre horror films that he made during this era but what makes this film "strange" is the fact that there's no gore, no bloody murders or anything to that nature. Inf act, FAST COMPANY is a pretty laid back picture that almost feels like a made-for-television flick and it probably could have been if it wasn't for the nudity that is thrown in.
I'm not going to say FAST COMPANY is a bad movie because it certainly isn't but at the same time there's nothing great here either. I think the film's strongest stuff are the actors who all turn in fine performances and at least make their characters fun. Smith is extremely good in his role and he's very believable in the part and helps carry the picture. Campbell is good in his supporting role and it was nice seeing Claudia Jennings in her final film. Cedric Smith is also good in his role of the rival and Saxon is perfect playing the creep owner.
The melodrama is okay but there's just not really anything here that keeps you glued to what's going on. There's some nice race car footage as well as some nice action at times but none of them really makes for a very entertaining movie. FAST COMPANY is mildly entertaining but it's easy to see why not too many people know of the film.
- Nov 29, 2016