“I’m going to kill you all,” vows the driver for a crew of bank robbers, after another crew of badasses comes for the loot and slit the throat of his half-brother. One headshot, one metal plate under the skull and ten years of hard time later, Driver (Dwayne Johnson, “Walking Tall,” “The Scorpion King”), as he is identified onscreen, llves up to his lethal word. Five days, numbered onscreen, count down “Faster,” a solid B-movie written by brothers Tony Gayton and Joe Gayton and directed by Chicagoan George Tillman Jr. (“Men of Honor,” “Soul Food”). Genre touches include a bickering duo of detectives, one of whom is ten days from retirement; a hitman in therapy who wants to complete one last contract before settling down to raise a family; and flashbacks to a crime scene via an incriminating video. Tillman’s biopic “Notorious” (2009) depicted father-dissing in the first lines the rapper ever penned: “You ain’t no pops to me.” All the fathers in “Faster” worry how they look to their sons. In the opening scene, the warden asks the outbound Driver if he has any questions. Only one: “Where’s the exit?” Terse as Dirty Harry and determined as the Terminator, Driver tosses a “Crisis Intervention” card into the desert, runs for miles and miles to G&D Auto Garage, and roars off in a customized black Chevelle to play God. On his trail are two other archetypes, as identified on screen and in the credits: Cop (Billy Bob Thornton) and Killer (Oliver Jackson-Cohen.) Revenge peels rubber, accessorized with extreme close-ups of Driver’s steely eyes. The heavily muscled score-settler, wrapped in an Armani Collezioni T-shirt, excels at driving muscle cars in reverse at high speed. Backward glances at a dear snapshot of Driver and his brother on a fishing trip renew his fury. As dated as drive-in theaters, “Faster” is redeemed Biblical fare despite cheap last-minute twists. With Carla Gugino, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Mike Epps, Moon Bloodgood, Maggie Grace, Xander Berkeley, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jennifer Carpenter, Tom Berenger. 98m. (Bill Stamets)
“Faster” opens Wednesday, November 24.