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Faster

Year: 2011
Production Co: CBS Films
Director: George Tillman Jr
Producer: Tony Gayton
Writer: Tony Gayton/Joe Gayton
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Billy Bob Thornton, Carla Gugino, Tom Berenger, Mike Epps, Maggie Grace

I read a story recently about how Dwayne Johnson had done his best to break the banks of the action genre by doing a few ill-advised family comedies like The Tooth Fairy, all of which bombed and led him back to what he does best.

And like Walking Tall, this is certainly what he does best. The thought of this piece of human iron on a mission of violent vengeance should be enough to make any action fan sit up and take notice.

He plays Driver, recently released from prison for robbery after thugs got the drop on his loot, killed his brother and left him for dead. Now, he's single-mindedly screaming off in his hotted up Chevelle with the biggest revolver you've ever seen and hatred in his heart.

He's spent the decade since he went preparing to track his quarry down and bodies soon start showing up, the victims of a very remorseless killer.

To save the story from being a video game of a guy driving around knocking creeps off, Billy Bob Thornton and Carla Gugino join the cast as the cops trying to stop find Driver before he blows away half the country. The former is fleshed out by an estranged wife, a son he desperately loves and a crack habit, and turns out to be more instrumental in Driver's life than you realise.

The third element of the hired killer someone sets onto Driver, is completely superfluous and seems to have been levered in from some other movie, but Notorious director Tillman has a good sense of action and doesn't scrimp on the violence. It's not in any way half comedy like many actions films are and as always, The Rock brings a stoic sense of purpose as big as his bulging physique to the role.

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