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Faster Review

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1.5

Dave White Profile

Nowhere fast enough. Read full review

1.5

Jen Yamato Profile

The Good, the Bad and the Beefy Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    44

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 25

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Adam Markovitz

    Faster grafts that genre's style onto a deadbeat script and leaves it to Johnson - as deadly focused as a gunsight - to make it all believable.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The perfect vehicle for Johnson's charm and talents is still out there. It's certainly not in the muscle car he pilots in Faster.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Grim but holds the attention; it does not, however, offer the kind of mindless action excursion that many will be anticipating.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    A pure thriller, all blood, no frills, in which a lot of people get shot, mostly in the head.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Stripped for action without a moment wasted on unnecessary dialogue, exposition or nuances.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 16 & under

Violent but surprisingly thoughtful revenge thriller.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this revenge-focused action drama -- which stars Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson -- has lots of guns and shooting, stabbing, slicing, and blood ... much of which happens without any consequences. Language is infrequent but strong ("f--k" and "s--t"). A supporting character has a heroin problem, and viewers see him buying and shooting drugs (as well as one other character shooting drugs). A teen girl is given a date rape drug, but she's rescued before anything violent happens. An even younger girl is briefly in danger, caught in the middle of a shootout, but she's also rescued. There's also a bit of mild sensuality.

  • Families can talk about the film's violence. How did it affect you? When was it thrilling, and when was it scary or disturbing? What's the difference between these kinds of scenes?
  • The Rock's character is shown to have survived a troubled childhood, as have many of the other characters. Have they overcome their troubles?
  • Is Billy Bob Thornton's character a good person or a bad person? Do you think he has a chance at redemption?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The main character is on a revenge spree, killing all those responsible for the death of his brother in a botched robbery. At first he kills without hesitation, but he eventually begins to see the moral implications of his actions, especially if his victims have families. There's even a suggestion that he has learned to forgive...mostly, but not quite. But in the end, there are no consequences for his actions.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: The main character spends the movie hunting for revenge and only occasionally thinks about the moral implications of what he's doing. It's questionable whether he learns any kind of lesson, and there are no consequences for his actions. The cop character is a drug user who appears to be trying to go straight and rebuild his broken family, although he has some serious drawbacks as well.

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: The main character is on a mission of revenge, and he shoots and kills several people; viewers see bullets impacting and blood spurting. Other characters also shoot people. One character has his neck sliced with a knife, and another is stabbed with an ice pick. A woman stitches up a gory wound in the hero's neck. Plenty of blood throughout.

  • sex false2

    Sex: A character's girlfriend lounges in bed, and her naked thigh is exposed. A couple kisses in one scene. Another scene takes place in a strip club, but all of the women are wearing frilly underwear.

  • language false3

    Language: Fairly infrequent, but occasional strong language includes one use of "f--k" plus "s--t," "ass," "hell," "damn," "goddamn," and more.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A supporting character has a drug problem; he's seen buying and injecting heroin. Later, he gives the drugs to his ex-wife, and she eventually uses as well. The same character smokes cigarettes regularly. Another character is seen smoking a cigar. A teen girl is given a date rape drug but is rescued.

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