Review: Faster (15)

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WHEN the going gets tough, the tough get into a modified 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle SS and gun the engine.

So it seems from George Tillman Jr’s turbo-charged revenge thriller about an ex-con on a five-day suicide mission to avenge his murdered brother.

With its thunderous action set pieces interspersed with tepid dialogue and plot twists, Faster has the hallmarks of a decent videogame once it has been towed away from the multiplexes.

As the title suggests, Tillman’s film hastily sketches the two-dimensional characters on either side of the corrupt law and embraces the need for speed as characters attempt to outrun each other in their impressive motors.

Dwayne Johnson blasts sugar-coated memories of family comedy The Tooth Fairy to smithereens in the brooding and muscular lead role, taking a gun to the head of most of his co-stars ... and pulling the trigger.

British rising star Oliver Cohen-Jackson, son of fashion designer Betty Jackson, delivers an eye-catching supporting performance as the assassin for hire, whose opening scenes involve some muscle-straining yoga poses.

Screenwriters Tony and Joe Gayton are evidently catering for female audiences too here. Cohen-Jackson is pure eye candy, in and out of his expensive threads.

Faster burns rubber for most of the 98 minutes as Driver zips back and forth across America, slaying the bad guys and staying one baby step ahead of his pursuers.

For the most part, Tillman Jr’s film puts the pedal to the metal and leaves coherent plot and characterisation in a cloud of exhaust fumes, and us choking on the implausibilities.