Faster

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Violent but surprisingly thoughtful revenge thriller.
  • R
  • 2010
  • 98 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive 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.

Positive Role Models & Representations

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.

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

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

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

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & 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.

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byjoshua martinez November 29, 2010
Faster is a average movie about crime and revenge only best for older teens and parents there are some things you need to watch out for this movie faster has a... Continue reading
Adult Written bykhan2705 December 4, 2010

a below average revenge action thriller drama.

After 10 years in prison, Driver (Dwayne Johnson) has a singular focus - to avenge the murder of his brother during the botched bank robbery that led to his imp... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byJustino4 October 30, 2011

Isn't Bad for All Teens

Violence and Drug Content were the only bad things. It was OK and isn't that bad for all teens.
Teen, 15 years old Written byRobbyboyfye16 January 16, 2012

the rock in....

you wouldnt think it had positive messages but it did about a guy risking his life for revenge for the death of his brother.

What's the story?

A man known only as "Driver" (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) is released from prison and immediately embarks upon a revenge plan: He wants to kill everyone responsible for the death of his brother, which happened after a botched bank job 10 years earlier. Driver's first few targets are dispatched quickly and easily, but he starts doubting himself when he begins to understand how his intended victims have redeemed themselves. Meanwhile, a drug-addicted cop (Billy Bob Thornton), a homicide detective (Carla Gugino), and a slick, good-looking hit man (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) are all after him. Who will survive when these characters inevitably collide?

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • 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?

Movie details

For kids who love action and thrills

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