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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 a do or die race to the list's finish as the mystery surrounding his brother's murder deepens, and new details emerge along the way hinting that Driver's list may be incomplete. -- (C) CBS Films


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  • May 20, 2015
    Exciting and fast-paced, Faster is a high-octane thriller. The story follows a recently released convict who's on a mission to kill the gang that set him up and murdered his brother. Dwayne Johnson leads the cast and gives a strong performance. And the supporting cast is also pretty good, and includes Billy Bob Thornton and Carla Gugino. Additionally, the action scenes are incredibly intense and gritty. But, the plot's a little weak and underdeveloped; using a lot of the typical clichés of a revenge film. Still, while it's a bit formulaic, Faster uses that to its advantage so that it can get straight to the hard hitting action.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • May 09, 2012
    One of the most driven, determined revenge movies I couldn't take my eyes off. I could totally smell what the rock was cookin
    Shawn M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 24, 2012
    "Faster" starts with The Driver(Dwayne Johnson) being released from prison after ten years. Directly afterwards, he goes to a junk yard where he gets some smoking hot new wheels that include information and directions that lead him to calmly killing a telemarketer in Bakersfield which I am sure is not the outside help the warden(Tom Berenger) was hoping he would ask for. Detective Cicero(Carla Gugino) is none too happy to also have a burnt out detective(Billy Bob Thornton) ten days short of his retirement on the case. Approaching it from a completely different angle is a hired killer(Oliver Jackson-Cohen) who is also seeking professional advice on his relationship with his girlfriend Lily(Maggie Grace). To be honest, "Faster" is the movie "Drive" could have been.(Is it so wrong to prefer a well-crafted car chase to some random ultraviolence?) It is not just that "Faster" is a fine example of lean, mean, stylish, well-photographed and violent filmmaking that makes up for some of the story's implausibilities. With a tip of the hat to Sergio Leone(notice the killer's dial tone), the movie gets unexpectedly deep in its exploration of revenge, just as lines blur between the roles the characters play. And it is interesting how the movie plays with time, especially with the climactic sequence in an anachronistic setting. The driver lives in the past, the detective in the present while the killer is looking towards the future, just as he is desperately trying to escape his past.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 27, 2012
    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.
    Alex r Super Reviewer

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