Faster | Indy Week


Rated R 98 min. 2010

Tapping the vein of such standards as High Plains Drifter, Death Wish, and Kill Bill (the latter being borrowed from quite freely), this otherwise blandly titled revenge flick is lean and mean in its focus. An archetypal man with no name (Dwayne Johnson) leaves prison after a serving a stint for bank robbery, hops into his muscle car, and sets about exacting retribution against those responsible for shooting him in the head and slitting his brother's throat ten years ago. This angel of death power walks with impunity into an office building, hospital, and even a tent revival seeking his violent vengeance. Hot on his trail is a weather-beaten, drug-addicted cop (Billy Bob Thornton), along with a dotcom millionaire-turned-hitman (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) whose presence ends up superfluous to the storyline. No matter: with gunfights and car chases galore, this is gritty, minimalist stuff, highlighted by the best role and performance in Johnson's still-nascent film career.

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Director: George Tillman Jr.

Writer: Joe Gayton and Tony Gayton

Producer: Tony Gayton, Liz Glotzer, Martin Shafer and Robert Teitel

Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Billy Bob Thornton, Tom Berenger, Carla Gugino, Micaela Johnson, Jennifer Carpenter, Maggie Grace, Moon Bloodgood, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Courtney Gains

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