2010, Action/Mystery and thriller, 1h 38m131 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings
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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. Read critic reviews
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Critic Reviews for Faster
A white trash cousin to Jason Statham's geezer fu movies, this is no-nonsense, high- octane and as speedy as the title dares to suggest.
Revenge films bank on the audience's desire for the bad guys to get what they deserve, but the lack of any emotion in Faster invalidates that.
The film never outshines its influences, but as back-to-basics action filmmaking, it's often superb.
The have-it-both-ways approach quickly grows tiresome and tedious. But at least it's not The Tooth Fairy.November 17, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
A hollow poser through and through.April 22, 2011 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
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 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Audience Reviews for Faster
May 19, 2020I genuinely did not think I would like Faster as much as I did. To be fair, I didn't think I would like it at all, but even so. This might actually be my favourite Dwayne Johnson role. It's almost entirely physical, which suits him very well, but the rare moments when it's not just that he nails too.Gimly M Super Reviewer
May 20, 2015Exciting 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, 2012One of the most driven, determined revenge movies I couldn't take my eyes off. I could totally smell what the rock was cookinShawn 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