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After 10 years in prison, Driver (Dwayne Johnson) has focused on one thing – hunting down the people responsible for brutally murdering his brother. Now a free man with a terrifying purpose, he sets out to find and kill all those on his list. But on his heals are two men who will do anything to stop him – a veteran cop (Billy Bob Thornton) and a hitman (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) who finds his match in this worthy opponent. Now, the hunter is also the hunted.
In Faster revenge is a dish best served quickly and with no remorse. Dwayne Johnson's character Driver has few lines, instead letting his actions--and the growls of the muscle car he's driving--speak volumes. Driver (given no other name for the duration of the movie) is released from prison, for crimes not initially noted, and immediately sets out in a fast car with a gun and a mission of revenge. He is coldly efficient with his kills, wasting no time or bullets as he delivers his brand of justice. The puzzle pieces of his crusade are snapped together with each victim he goes after; this is not a man who kills for the thrill. Each victim is specially selected, and Driver wants each to see his face to understand why they are being executed. Nor does he bother hiding his face from surveillance cameras or the police detectives (Billy Bob Thornton, Carla Gugino) chasing him. Driver is not a man who cares if he's caught, so long as he gets to finish his self-imposed task first. As word of his spree hits the news, one of his potential victims hires an assassin (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) to get to Driver first. Surprisingly, most of the characters show some depth of personality, in spite of being little more than caricatures of stereotypes (the troubled cop, the bored assassin). Faster isn't as reliant on mindless action as expected, but the story line is played out in such a way that you can't help rooting for Driver and his bloody revenge. Though parts are a tad predictable, all in all this is a thoroughly entertaining action flick. --Jill Corddry
- Aspect Ratio : 2.40:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.25 x 0.5 inches; 2.4 Ounces
- Item model number : CTR37151DVD
- Director : George Tillman Jr.
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
- Run time : 1 hour and 38 minutes
- Release date : March 1, 2011
- Actors : Dwayne Johnson, Billy Bob Thornton
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish
- Studio : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B0034G4OUO
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #47,215 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Mr. Johnson does a phenomenal job at being intimidating without saying a word, and bringing a very real sense of emotional gravity and turmoil into his role as "Driver." The plot is so thin that if it where an object you'd have to weigh it in microns. "Driver" gets out of prison and immediately goes on a violence-soaked warpath seeking revenge on the people who killed his brother. Along the way, he is hounded by the police, as well as hunted by a hitman who turned to contract murder because he'd already perfected everything else he sought to do in life and perceives the dynamic nature and adrenaline rush of hunting men down to kill them as all that's left to challenge him on this planet. The men "Driver" is targeting are all of varied personalities and activities. Bouncers, pedophiles, dealers, insurance brokers, and even a preacher. The characters are all sufficiently alive with personality, no matter how short their tenure in the film is. Billy Bob Thornton blends into this fast-paced murder ride seamlessly as the grizzled detective with a drug problem and possibly some serious skeletons in his closet.
The snub-nosed Ruger Alaskan that "Driver" uses is the perfect "no-nonsense" weapon for his character, while the Chevelle practically personifies the powerful driving force behind our protagonist's crusade for vengeance. The cinematography is fantastic for a movie that wreaks of midling budget issues, and the actors are all perfect for their roles.
This is one of those movies, if there was any hair out of place in this wig, it wouldn't be fit for a pig. However, everything is perfectly in order, and as such, it makes it extremely entertaining for what it is. I've watched it many times, never shut it off after I put it on.
No, it's not a deep, introspective movie, or an emotionally eviscerating drama about the holocaust, no you're not going to have your humanity or intellect checked anywhere along the ride. It's not the same kind of 5-star movie heavyweight piece of thematic art are, it is however a perfect, succinct, action and revenge movie.
Pure revenge movie, lots of interesting action - good stuff built on guns, cars, and "justice". The movie has many, many flaws - don't look for them, just immerse yourself in a crazy ride. The storyline itself gets distracted by a couple of things:
1/ The movie tries to take itself a little too seriously by sharing things about characters that could make an interesting sub-plot ... but these tangents actually go nowhere. For example, at one point we see Dwayne Johnson's former lover. There really wasn't much point to that....
2/ The story gradually unfolds, sharing bits and pieces at a time. Again, it's a bit like Kill Bill, where we basically pick up on the action right away, then the movie starts to fill in the blanks, relying on flashbacks, for instance. Same thing here. For the most part, it works well - my only issue is that it goes a bit too far in trying to build some drama with a bit of a twist. It was a nice tough - but perhaps a tad overused in this action movie.
None of those are deal-killers. It's worth watching when you just want to see a revenge movie with interesting characters, cars, and guns. And not have to think too much.
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This film sees Johnson playing a man recently released from prison who seeks vengeance on those who wronged him by setting out with a car and a gun to work through his targets. What Johnson doesn't realise is he himself has now become a target for a contract killer and for the police too. Johnson has to battle with the knowledge of what will happen to his soul due to his taking vengeance on others and so although this is a great action film it has the interesting twist of someone having a conscience that is making another dynamic to this film that many others don't have.
This film is well worth checking out.
Starring opposite Johnson is Billy Bob Thornton who plays Detective Slade Humphries. Not too much is known about Humphries to begin with, apart from that he comes across as a loser cop, someone not doing too well in his career. For the whole film, I was sat thinking there has to be more to this guy than meets the eye and slowly, the film reveals information about his home life and why he is on this particular case. Billy Bob Thornton was ok but only that for me. He was a good character, especially as the complete opposite of Driver but I wanted more from him.
What I wasn't expecting from this film was some serious eye candy. Oliver Jackson-Cohen plays the hit man known as Killer. As soon as he came on the screen, the words `yummy' left my mouth. My fiancé thought it was quite funny. No one knows why Killer is after Driver, only that he has his name because he never misses and is fast as hell. Oliver Jackson-Cohen isn't only nice to look at though. He has this whole Jake Gyllenhaal/ Ryan Gosling thing going on and is the suave and sophisticated kind of hit man... if there is such a thing. He was also mysterious which I liked about him.
The plot was pretty basic, if I'm honest, even though it tried to have more mystery than was really there. The basic plot is that Driver wants revenge for his brother's death which leads him to driving all over the place killing everyone on his list. The ways in which he kills them aren't even that exciting or different either. Somehow though, I thoroughly enjoyed this film. Everything happens pretty quickly, with Driver going from one target to the next. For a long time though, there is the mystery of what actually happened and why he wants the revenge so badly which I think is what keeps this film going. I really enjoyed how everything turned out, especially as all of the questions were answered well. There is plenty of character development but only for Driver but I didn't mind that. I didn't really care about the other characters anyway.
Faster is a good action film but you do need to pay attention while watching it.