Faster (Review)

(11/24/10; Action, Drama)
Dwayne Johnson, Billy Bob Thornton, Carla Gugino, Moon Bloodgood, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Maggie Grace, Matt Gerald
SCR: Tony Gayton, Joe Gayton
DIR: George Tillman, Jr.
MPAA: R for strong violence, some drug use and language.
1 hour 38 mins
BOX: $23,225,911

Johnson sets out to avenge his brother’s death after years in prison. That’s about it, plot wise. There are people to be killed, and killed they shall be.

Complicating the Driver’s mission, there is a Cop (Thornton) with a drug problem and a Killer (Jackson-Cohen) in hot pursuit. Those words are capitalized because that’s what the movie calls them. There is no question that everyone involved knew exactly what movie they are making and there is a great primal joy in watching revenge get served.

And yet, there is handsomeness to the production and a gravitas among the performers that elevates this above your typical exploitation flick, but only slightly. Johnson is such a force of determination; he might as well be playing the Terminator. (CBS Films)


Author: Dennis Willis

Dennis Willis is an award-winning producer, TV host, producer, director, editor (he preferred Avid until a torrid affair with Adobe Premiere, and the rest is history), author and film critic (print and radio). Dennis produced and hosted the TV programs Reel Life, FilmTrip, Soundwaves (1983-2008) and produces the annual Soundwaves Xmas program. He is currently the film critic on KGO Radio in San Francisco, and a member of both the San Francisco Film Critics Circle and the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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