"Faster" a B-grade Revenge Flick for a Sharp-dressed Dwayne Johnson
Faster is a glossy B made from three twining badmen stories: Theres pneumatically-muscled ex-con Driver (Dwayne Johnson), sharp-dressed hitman Killer (Oliver Jackson-Cohen), and self-explanatory Cop (Billy Bob Thornton). Driver stomps out of prison with a list of the people who put him there and a sworn mission to cross them off, heading for revenge with an implacable stomp.
The archetypal names are pure Walter Hill, the single-minded grudge-mission borrowed from Donald Westlakes Hunter booksfine antecedents, though director George Tillman Jr.s style is anything but terse, indulging rote slo-mo swagger set to secondhand musical cues. Driver rips across a comic book-vibrant Southwest in his 5,000-horsepower hardtop Chevelle SS; Cop trails Drivers trail of payback; Killer follows a contract on Driver. Along the way we learn more about each than is necessarily desirable, downshifting the momentum the title promises and watering down mythic Types with banal personal dramas.
Jackson-Cohens share of the plot is particularly extraneous, his faceless nemesis fleshed out with a corny backstory. In the last reel, theres even a pause in the execution-style headshots to save Drivers soul, after Tillman Jr. has played every variation on the classic sniper-who-hesitates-after-seeing-target-with-his-kids scene.
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