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Faster (2010)



Average Rating: 4.9/10
Reviews Counted: 108
Fresh: 46 | Rotten: 62

It's good to see Dwayne Johnson back in full-throttle action mode, but Faster doesn't deliver enough of the high-octane thrills promised by its title.


Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 25
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 19

It's good to see Dwayne Johnson back in full-throttle action mode, but Faster doesn't deliver enough of the high-octane thrills promised by its title.



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After 10 years in prison, Driver (Dwayne Johnson) has a singular focus - to avenge the murder of his brother during the botched bank robbery that led to his imprisonment. Now a free man with a deadly to-do list in hand, he's finally on his mission...but with two men on his trail - a veteran cop (Billy Bob Thornton) just days from retirement, and a young egocentric hitman (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) with a flair for the art of killing and a newfound worthy opponent. The hunter is also the hunted. It's


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Mar 1, 2011


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All Critics (109) | Top Critics (25) | Fresh (46) | Rotten (62) | DVD (5)

Only Gugino, one of the most underrated actresses in Hollywood, displays emotional complexity - and do you really need that in an action flick? Actually, yes.

November 24, 2010 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Structurally "Faster" is as blocky as its star. Fancy camera angles and changes in hue cannot camouflage its stumbling, blunt-force narrative style, in which plot turns are dropped like bricks.

November 24, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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The Killer subplot looks and feels like it was grafted on with Krazy Glue. Thornton's character never adds up. And the film's big whiplash surprise ending is a real you've-got-to-be-kidding groaner.

November 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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By the end of this underwritten wanna-B movie, only the black-and-white muscle car is left standing with its dignity intact.

November 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Despite much effort, neither Johnson nor director George Tillman Jr. can make this preposterous tale, the latest misfire from CBS Films, live up to its title.

November 24, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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Johnson's performance is one of seething rage camouflaging emotional scars as ugly as the physical ones, a grim, single-minded figure straight out of a Jim Thompson or Richard Stark novel.

November 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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Inundated with liches and lazy plot twists, this Dwayne Johnson vehicle is a complete waste of time.

January 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

enough grunt to send audiences home feeling there's potential in the former wrestler as the successor to Schwarzenegger and company

August 30, 2011 Full Review Source: The National
The National

If this was a tiny bit smarter (think Desperado, or even Kill Bill Vol. 1) or a whole lot dumber (Machete), it would be so much nearer to hitting its target.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

A hollow poser through and through.

April 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

There are a lot of good examples of films that explore the deeper conflict and hypocrisies surrounding the brutality of getting even and the toll it takes on the soul/psyche of the vengeful person. This ain't one of those movies.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source:

Who is the unseen Mr Big who masterminded the massacre? The answers to these questions prove to be not particularly interesting, and the religiose conclusion appears to be a bid for support from the Bible Belt.

March 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian

A slow, turgid thriller featuring pointless and poorly executed car chases, chasm-like logic gaps, dreary characters and phoned-in performances.

March 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Scotsman

It's an exercise in synthetic attitude, and proof that Jason Statham, with his not-dissimilar Charles Bronson remake The Mechanic, has dislodged Johnson as the more reliable tough action star de nos jours.

March 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Writers Tony and Joe Gayton feed the trio just enough lines to make it seem like a team effort.

March 25, 2011 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Packed with car chases and shoot outs, this isn't subtle, but there are some unexpected twists and surprisingly well-rounded characters, particularly Thornton's detective.

March 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

It's the sort of film where somebody can be shot through the back of the head yet still get up and walk.

March 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Independent

An unremarkable B-movie revenge thriller.

March 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

What this has over other action fare is that all the main players have the ability to emote; say what you like about Johnson, he has enough presence and charisma to make this old vehicle purr.

March 24, 2011 Full Review Source: The Skinny
The Skinny

Director George Tillman Jr keeps revving it up, but this just gets tangled and boring.

March 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian

Johnson has just hit rock bottom.

March 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

The artist formerly known as "The Rock" deserves so much better.

March 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Faster is sufficiently visceral to offer the sort of puerile pleasure that many will happily plead guilty for at the box office.

March 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Birmingham Post
Birmingham Post

It's glossily entertaining stuff. And yeah, it's fast-ish... though Furiouser nails it better.

March 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Fast-paced and tightly written, this is an entertaining revenge thriller with strong performances, exciting action sequences and an impressively stripped down aesthetic that works well.

March 23, 2011 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

If for some reason you thought you couldn't get bored of watching a former WWE champion lurching around shooting people in the head, you were wrong.

March 23, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

Audience Reviews for Faster

Pretty good action film starring The Rock. Despite the formulaic ideas displayed on-screen, this film is pretty entertaining. Although nothing too original, this is still a well executed revenge thriller due in part to Dwayne Johnson's performance. I enjoyed the film for what it was, and despite the fact that it's a film that we've seen many times before, this is still a fun and entertaining film to watch. The film is not perfect and it has its flaws, but nonetheless it's still a worthwhile action, revenge film that is a thrill ride from start to finish. Acting wise, the performances are pretty good considering that the film relies on previously seen ideas. The film possesses some good moments, but as a whole is nothing too special. This is nonetheless a fine little revenge thriller, and if you want a good film to watch that offers mindless thrills, then Faster is the film to watch. The film relies on an old formula, but works well enough. The performances of Johnson and Billy Bob Thornton are what made the film watchable. I liked the film and thought it was a thrilling film from start to finish. As a whole this is a mindless action film that should appeal action buffs. Using a clichéd formula, Faster still manages to be a thrilling film and if you have nothing else better to watch, give this one a shot. This film is not meant to be anything to great, and it succeeds at just being a thrill ride, which is what it is. Faster is straight forward and it succeeds at being an effective and fun action film worth watching despite its imperfections.
August 22, 2012
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

What the hell was this? Dwayne Johnson A.K.A "The Rock" has been one of the few successful entertainer-turned-actor; I jumped into this movie anticipating an electrifying performance by D. Johnson despite a lacking plot. As it pans out, "Faster" lacks in every way, shape, and form. Direction, editing, and cinematography is poor, and the storytelling and screenplay is horrendous. They even tried to put in the worst plot twist ever. What was with all the subplots? It never adds up in the end. You're never invested with its boring subplots but ever more so, it never finalizes in the end. Dwayne Johnson always has a charisma that pops out of the screen but his one-dimensional character chained him down from doing more. Gosh... this movie sucked.
March 10, 2012
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

Just look at that movie poster, The Rock is begging you to look at his Johnson. Ridiculous.
February 13, 2012
Lenny Muggsy

Super Reviewer

December 27, 2011

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    1. Grone: Kenny, stop!
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    1. Driver: Your sermon's over.
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    1. Driver: Where's the old man?
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    1. Driver: I can't.
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    1. Driver: You turned your life around. It doesn't change what you did though.
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    1. Driver: Right here.
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