A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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
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 & Scariness
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.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Violence & Scariness in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Sex, Romance & Nudity in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Fairly infrequent, but occasional strong language includes one use of "f--k" plus "s--t," "ass," "hell," "damn," "goddamn," and more.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Language in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
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.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Drinking, Drugs & Smoking in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.