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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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George Tillman Jr.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dwayne Johnson ... Driver
Mauricio Lopez Mauricio Lopez ... Prison Guard
Jim Gaines Jim Gaines ... Inmate (as James Gaines)
Tom Berenger ... Warden
Jan Hoag ... Receptionist
Courtney Gains ... Telemarketer
Billy Bob Thornton ... Cop
Michael Irby ... Vaquero
Josh Clark ... Uniform
Carla Gugino ... Cicero
Michael Blain-Rozgay ... TV Anchor
Mike Epps ... Roy Grone
Sidney S. Liufau Sidney S. Liufau ... Kenny (as Sid S. Liufau)
Oliver Jackson-Cohen ... Killer
Maggie Grace ... Lily
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Storyline

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 and 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 ahmetkozan

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Slow Justice is No Justice See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 November 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Venganza letal See more »

Filming Locations:

Tehachapi, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,523,153, 28 November 2010, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$23,240,020, 10 February 2011
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Before shooting this film, Maggie Grace had never driven a car with manual transmission. See more »

Goofs

Towards the end of the film, when Cop and Killer are talking, in a shot from behind Killer his coat collar is turned up. The next shot, in front of Killer and behind Cop, the collar is now turned down and is so when Killer turns to walk away. See more »

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[first lines]
Prison Guard: Turn around.
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Trouble in My Way
Written by James Cleveland
Arranged by Roberta Martin and Kenneth Woods Jr.
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My 369th Review: One Of The Better Films About Vengeance (Not Revenge) In A Long Time
12 February 2011 | by inteleartsSee all my reviews

I went expecting a basic action film. I did not get it.

What we got was a man's movie - and in this reviewer's opinion one of the best in recent memory.

This it is not yet another film about revenge - it is a film about vengeance, and that's another animal entirely. If the true essence of great story-telling and myth is that it takes us on a journey that is on the surface almost simplistic, but leaves the audience more by the end; then Faster succeeds and succeeds way beyond expectations.

In side-stepping the current vogue for mindless action it does hark back to the 70s - and the look and feel are very true to those roots. Finally, we might be leaving aside the lowbrow sarcastic sadism that has ruled action films for a decade now and getting to action film that engages rather than kills to entertain.

Director George Tillman keeps the speech sparse and the direction too. While the film overhypes the testosterone levels through the hardware and the subplots there is an overall spareness to this that lifts the film. Finally, it doesn't establish that there may be a world beyond vengeance too soon. In the dialog between a truly excellent Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Johnson the film goes from one level to another entirely. For this reviewer, the Gaytons have written in that exchange one of the most iconic scenes on film in recent memory. And if this sounds like raving, then it is because it deserves it: brilliant writing and stone-hard action combine to give the audience an experience to remember.

This is a film that needed a star to really work, and in Dwayne Johnson it has found one. He creates a character that is the closest I've seen to the uncompromising spirit of Clint Eastwood in Unforgiven and Dirty Harry in quite a while. Here, there is genuine steel in the eye. This is tough without the token quips and ironic smiles. This is tough, mean tough, gutsy, down to business, get the job done, film-making for men, tough.

Without a doubt a man's film - and one of the best in recent memory - and while Johnson's clowning may have been a strength in some previous films the uncompromising hardness he shows here has the potential to make him a real A-lister.

Go be surprised as we were.


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