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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

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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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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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

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 »

Goofs

When Driver kills his first victim in a point blank range, the cubicle wall behind the victim is splattered with blood. Later when Cop is watching the surveillance footage of Driver and the victim, the blood splatter on the wall is smaller. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Prison Guard: Turn around.
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Connections

Featured in Great Movie Mistakes III: Not in 3D (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Lean 'N
Written by Brian Whitaker, Eric Hayes and Gary Rolewicz
Performed by Top Floor
Courtesy of RBC Records
By Arrangement with Shelly Bay Music
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Parker for the 21 Century
28 November 2010 | by blackstone454See all my reviews

I was surprised by this somewhat. I expected a brainless revenge thriller. What I got was a nicely crafted caper, a throwback, a homage, to several genre films.

The storytelling was straight to the point, almost linear. A vengeful juggernaut-The Rock-gets out of jail and seeks revenge for his murdered brother. He's as focused as a laser missile. An eclectic cast of characters are in his way. A strung-out cop out for redemption (Billy Bob Thornton), a neurotic hit-man and various unsavory people.

I thought this was nice nod to 70s style vengeance driven movies and somewhat reminiscent of Richard Stark/Donald Westlake's PARKER character (seen, in its most recent incarnation in PAYBACK, starring MEL Gibson: one man seeking revenge against fellow criminals). A man focused on his mission. The Rock is a cold-blood murder machine. Nothing heroic or even sympathetic about this guy, which makes him fascinating to watch as he runs down his list.

This movie doesn't reinvent the wheel, but it is a nice cure for the sugar coated holiday releases flooding our cinemas. A nice balance of violence, solid acting and some great music provided by THE HEAVY.


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