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An ex-con gets on a series of apparently unrelated killings. He gets tracked by a veteran cop with secrets of his own and an egocentric hit man.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mauricio Lopez ...
Jim Gaines ...
Inmate (as James Gaines)
TV Anchor
Sidney S. Liufau ...
Kenny (as Sid S. Liufau)


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 StoutOfHeart

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Justice is swift. Vengeance is faster. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, some drug use and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 November 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Venganza letal  »

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Box Office


$24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,523,153 (USA) (26 November 2010)


$23,225,911 (USA) (4 February 2011)

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Did You Know?


Dwayne Johnson's first straight-up action film since Doom (2005). In between the two he mainly took roles in comedies and family movies. See more »


When Driver is visiting his mother, she asks him a question about "the old man". Driver replies "Yeah", then there's a scene POV edit and Driver is mouthing the same reply but no sound is heard. See more »


[first lines]
Prison Guard: Turn around.
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Referenced in Criminals and Cops: The Cast of Faster (2011) See more »


En Mi Viejo San Juan
Written by Noel Estrada
Performed by Javier Solís (as Javier Solis)
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment (Mexico) S.A. De C.V.
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Faster Redeems a Misguided Career
28 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While I always thought Dwayne Johnson (The Rock!) had potential as an actor, I thought his career choices have been pretty dismal since he left the world of wrestling. Whether throwaway crap like "The Scorpion King" or just plain embarrassing stuff like "The Tooth Fairy" (we get it Dwayne, you can laugh at yourself - how about getting down to business!), I just never felt compelled to see one of his movies. Until now.

I could tell from the trailer this one was going to be different.

Faster is a throwback to the merciless action flicks of the 1970s. Existential in tone. Ruthless in execution. It's kind of a cross between Death Wish and Vanishing Point. A pure, undiluted revenge drama that shows Dwayne Johnson really can walk the walk when he wants to. This isn't G-rated pabulum for the whole family. This is a leather glove across the chops, R-rated blast from the muzzle of a sawed-off shotgun. The plot isn't very complex, but the pacing is beautiful, as is the purity of this amazing movie.

Billy Bob Thornton does a great job too as The Cop, a lowlife drug addicted, slimy little lawman with 9 days to go before retirement and one last case to solve. And Oliver Jackson-Cohen is terrific as a yuppie hit-man with a personal score to settle.

If you like movies that are intent simply in kicking your ass for 90 minutes, you could do a lot worse than Faster. After all these years, I'm finally a Dwayne Johnson fan.

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