Revenge is a dish best served cold. In Faster, it's served through the drive thru window.
In the first couple minutes of Faster, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's unnamed character is released from prison. He steps outside, looks both direction, and then starts running. He finds his car and screeches out of the lot, determined to begin his killing spree. No time wasted, no rest for the weary.
Faster is your good old fashioned revenge film, stripped of most character development or plot. All you really need to know is that The Rock's brother was killed and he's going to retaliate accordingly. There's not much more to it than that.
The ever-personable Johnson is as likable as ever, even if he only has a few words of dialogue. Faster was made for him - for however many millions he was paid, all he had to do was show up, look pissed off and perform a few stunts.
The movie is a fun little ride, but that's about it. Directed by George Tillman Jr., Faster is a slick production - but not a very memorable one. The action sequences are largely forgettable and given the movie's lack of plot, the entire picture comes off as small and unremarkable.
Faster is a harmless title, but it's equally forgettable. It's not all that different from a fast food meal; it satisfies a base need, but can never be truly satisfying.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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