After spending 10 years in prison, a man only known as Driver is released with only one thing in mind - vengeance. Driver is out to avenge the murder of his brother during a botched bank robbery which also landed him in prison. With a list of names of the men responsible, Driver has a mission and nothing will stand in his way. George Tillman Jr's Faster is a revenge thriller that works far more than it doesn't because of its streamlined approached. From the very beginning, the film establishes this Driver character well, making it apparent that he is a bad bad man who should not be messed with. He is on a mission, and we barely hear much dialogue at all coming from his mouth. This is a fast narrative that keeps the viewer engaged, as they learn the details of the story as the film moves along at breakneck pace. The biggest problem with Faster revolves around the hit-man who is hired to kill the Driver. I understand the intent of his character but he just feels too superfluous to the rest of the narrative, slowing down the film's fast pace. I've heard a lot of people comment about how the film is void of any real emotional complexity but I whole-hardheartedly disagree with this notion. My favorite aspect about Faster is that it presents a portrait of various men who are broken, seemingly tortured on a daily basis by their past sins and transgressions. Driver and Cop are the best two examples obviously, but Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje's small role really stole the film for me in this regard. Faster is not profound by any means and is a little silly at times, but it did surprise me with its willingness to at least attempt to capture the complexities of morality centered around vengeance.
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