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.
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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.