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Faster [DVD] 
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An ex-convict seeks revenge for his brother's death in this action-packed revenge thriller starring Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson. Ten years ago, Driver (Johnson) was part of a bank heist gone horribly awry. In the chaos of the botched robbery, his brother wound up dead. Now Driver is a free man, and he's determined to punish the men who killed his late sibling. But settling the score won't be easy, because despite being just a few days shy of retirement, a veteran cop (Billy Bob Thornton) isn't about to let a massacre take place on his watch, and a hotshot hitman (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) has Driver locked in his sights. Unfortunately for Driver, the closer he gets to his targets, the more he puts himself at risk. Later, just as Driver starts to think he's gotten everyone on his list, he discovers that one name seems to be missing.
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 storyline 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
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The classiness of the film is also heightened by the presence of Johnson, now officially the thinking man's slice `o' beef. He is excellent as Driver and due to the sheer presence of the actor you believe in the character. There are flaws elsewhere with the casting; Thornton is reasonable, but sleepwalking through the role. It is the subplot and character of the assassin which stinks up the screen. Jackson-Cohen is blown away by Johnson and every time he arrives on the screen you just want him to go again. This side plot misfire is a real shame as the rest of the film is some of the best revenge thrills I have seen since `Man on Fire'.
With its moody styling's `Faster' is a film that looks lovely in high definition. The extras are also worth a peak just to get an insight into the alternative endings - it suggests that the test audience had the same lacklustre opinion of the assassin as I did.
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