Parents' Guide to

Faster

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Violent but surprisingly thoughtful revenge thriller.

Movie R 2010 98 minutes
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Directed by George Tillman Jr., FASTER may look like another brain-dead action picture, but it's surprisingly thoughtful and emotionally effective. There are no clear "good guys" and "bad guys"; instead, the story paints the main characters -- an ex-con bent on revenge, a drug-addled cop, and a slick, successful hit man -- in intriguing shades of gray. Each gets an interesting and affecting history that fleshes him out. Only Gugino is shorted in the character department, but she makes up for it in attitude.

It follows that the performances are very strong, with Johnson getting by on sheer, wounded presence (and very little dialogue). Over the course of the story, the movie begins to wrestle with fascinating themes of forgiveness, family, and even spirituality. Only the last few minutes fall a little short, mainly because of an obvious effort to provide a satisfying Hollywood ending. Until then, it's quite good. You'll believe a "Rock" can cry.

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