A generic, by-the-numbers action flick starring a coasting Dwayne Johnson and a slumming Billy Bob Thornton, this (barely) glorified B-movie should have gone straight to video and saved everyone involved a lot of needless embarrassment. Clumsily helmed by the once-promising George Tillman Jr. (Soul Food, Men of Honor), the only distinction of this otherwise completely forgettable snoozer is the amount of sadistic violence meted out to the bad (and good) guys. Johnson is a hard-nosed ex-con seeking to avenge his kid brother’s murder; Thornton plays the burned out, itching-to-retire veteran cop hot on his trail. Sound familiar? That’s probably because you’ve already seen this movie a hundred times before -- and most of them were better. Each year there’s a number of disposable films that primarily serve as sacrificial roadkill for the designated holiday blockbusters, and Faster does its part to satisfy that dubious quota. Look for it to hit PPV and DVD PDQ.
Director: George Tillman Jr.
Writer: Joe Gayton and Tony Gayton
Producer: Tony Gayton, Liz Glotzer, Martin Shafer and Robert Teitel
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Billy Bob Thornton, Tom Berenger, Carla Gugino, Micaela Johnson, Jennifer Carpenter, Maggie Grace, Moon Bloodgood, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Courtney Gains