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Faster - A man driven by revenge
on 16 March 2012
This is a solid, if predictable, revenge thriller. Starring Dwayne Johnson as the man on the mission to hunt down and kill those responsible for his brother's death. It's e decently made film which largely keeps the pace up (though there are some schmaltzy moralising bits that drag a bit) and delivers violence, car chases etc staged with a respectable regularity and skill.
There is quite an attempt at characterisation, with the motives of the mysterious killer sent after our hero explored, and the changing attitude of the hero towards his planned revenge. It makes it a slightly more interesting piece. Unfortunately aside from all that it is somewhat derivative. People who have seen Point Blank or even The Bravados will find nothing much new here, and the denouement of the film is signposted quite clearly early on. SO a few stars off for lack of originality. 3 Stars for managing to deliver quite a tired idea with some verve and interesting acting.