Faster (15)

Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Dwayne Johnson, Maggie Grace
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Dwayne Johnson returns as a badass bankrobber hot out of jail and bent on revenge, having been jacked on a heist 10 years ago by a rival crew that killed his brother.

Somebody ought to check director George Tillman Jr for steroids: every gunshot sounds like cannon fire, every car engine roars like a rocket-launcher, every tough-guy walk is couched in slo-mo. Johnson wears a perma-frown throughout, but Billy Bob Thornton as a burnt-out cop and Carla Gugino as his partner provide some human relief amid the mayhem. It's the sort of film where somebody can be shot through the back of the head yet still get up and walk.

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