Ex-con Jensen Ames is forced by the warden of a notorious prison to compete in our post-industrial world's most popular sport: a car race in which inmates must brutalize and kill one another on the road to victory.
A lone man, recently released from prison, seeks out the people from his past who he believes betrayed him. While he forces each to atone for their sins, he must also face what meting out vengeance will do to his immortal soul. Meanwhile, he's not the only one looking to settle old scores. Hired by the man responsible for the events which lead him to prison, an eccentric contract killer follows his every move. Scenes of them crossing paths, sometimes violently, are interspersed with the assassin's self-realizations of how to deal with struggles within his own life. As if old enemies & hired guns aren't enough, a young female detective begrudgingly works alongside a veteran investigator looking to simply survive his last two weeks on the force before retirement, as they seek out the brazen ex-con who has been blazing a path of gasoline-powered destruction in his vintage Chevelle. Written by
The Chevelle that Dwayne Johnson drives in the film is a 1971 or 1972 model (as evidenced by the dual taillights), but the front is from the 1970 model (as evidenced by headlights and grille). Also, although the car is badged with the SS (Super Sport) logo, it is in fact a Malibu edition Chevelle as evidenced by the sweep style dash - SS Chevelles have round gauges. See more »
When Driver is holding the gun on the radio evangelist, between shots the bandage on his neck is loose, then it is secured, then it is loose again. See more »
This was the first movie our family went to in a long time, and it was so worth it! My boys said it was excellent.
The plot was simple enough, bad guy wants revenge for the murder of a loved one. In all honesty, it didn't seem to need a wide range of acting from Dwayne Johnson (aka, The Rock). I should rephrase that; it wasn't so much the dialog, but his mannerisms and facial expressions that said it all!
The movie wasn't just about revenge, it also looked into how he got to be the way he was... the way he was treated growing up. It talked about forgiveness & redemption.
I say it's about time The Rock (I will always know him as that!) got back to what he does best, Action/Adventure. Like The Rundown he did with Sean Scott.
All in All, I would give this movie a B++
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