Move over Tooth Fairy and The Game Plan, Dwayne Johnson is ready to step back into the hardcore action genre. This week the actor appears in the George Tillman Jr. film Faster. He channels his inner Steve McQueen and plays a man on a deadly mission for revenge. Nothing and no one will get between him and his targets. It’s just him, an old school car, a revolver, and the unlucky suckers who have targets on their backs.

Check out our review of Faster

The Players:

  • Director: George Tillman Jr.
  • Screenwriters: Tony Gayton, Joe Gayton
  • Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Billy Bob Thornton, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Carla Gugino, Maggie Grace, Xander Berkeley, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Moon Bloodgood, Aedin Mincks, Jennifer Carpenter
  • Cinematography By: Michael Grady
  • Original Music By: Clint Mansell

The Plot:

Faster is a vigilante action flick that centers on 3 characters: Driver (Johnson), Killer (Jackson-Cohen) and Cop (Thornton). After serving 10 years in prison (for robbery), Driver is released and goes on a killing spree to avenge the death of his brother who was murdered after a heist gone wrong. Killer is the assassin sent after Driver to stop his murderous rampage, and Cop is trying to bring them both (Killer and Driver) to justice.

The Good:

  • The Action: Just as you might suspect, Faster is a gritty tale that features one man, one gun, and a whole lot of dead bodies. The reason the action in the film is so great is because it’s REAL. There’s no CGI so every stunt, explosion, and car chase is legit. It’s a refreshing change of pace in a world where green screen effects dominate the medium.
  • Cinematography: Faster has a vintage look. There’s a graininess to the picture that adds an old school 70s feel to the movie, which makes it stand out.
  • The Plot: The set up for Faster mimics The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. It centers on three basic characters (with no real names or identities) who each have an objective that eventually intersects at the end of the film. It’s very straight to the point but just when you think you’ve got the story figured out you’re blindsided by an amazing twist! I won’t spoil it for you but it’s pretty cool.

The Bad:

  • The Dialogue: Since the movie relies heavily on action, don’t expect the dialogue to be akin to Shakespeare. One of the worst lines in the film comes from Jennifer Carpenter’s character who shouts, ” I know what you’re doing. I hope you kill them. I hope you kill them all!” Who says that out loud for everyone to hear? Movie characters that’s who. We can’t be that surprised by her lack of tact, this is the same movie where Driver walks into an operating room and kills a man while he’s on the table. Discretion isn’t a valued trait in this film.


Faster is more than what meets the eye. It’s gory and abrasive but also has an interesting plot twist that you never see coming. If you want to spend the holiday getting your socks knocked off by some over the top action, Faster is the film for you!

Rating: 8/10

Faster hits theaters on November 24.

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