2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)


Same as the first basically, but with a bald black dude instead of a bald white guy.

It’s a major double-cross when former police officer Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) teams up with his ex-con buddy Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson) to transport a shipment of “dirty” money for shady Miami-based import-export dealer Carter Verone (Cole Hauser). But the guys are actually working with undercover agent Monica Clemente (Eva Mendes) to bring Verone down.

So after reviewing The Fast and the Furious, I thought to myself: “Why the hell not!”. Then, I realized that I have to stop watching these films before I become a crazy fanatic about street-racing.

I still don’t know how John Singleton, the director of Boyz N The Hood, got a hold of this, but I have to say that he does a good job here with this direction because it does what the first one did, and that’s make the action sequences very fun to watch. There’s a lot of slickness to these scenes as usual, and it will keep you excited when their going on.

However, the main problem with this film that the first one had, but not as bad, it’s that the script with this one is even worse. Granted there’s more danger with this premise, but the script tries way too hard to be cool and hip, which just ends up being dumb and corny. When these characters were talking, I couldn’t help but laugh at everything everybody was saying, because they all seemed like one-liners you would hear in a video-game, or a really bad B-Movie. Still, you don’t watch a movie like this one for its contribution to the advancement of the cinematic art, you watch it for the shiny cars, the fast cars and the crashing car, all three of which you get in spades.

Paul Walker is alright again as Brian O’Conner, and even though he isn’t doing anything different here, he didn’t do from the first, he still owns the determined leading action man. Tyrese Gibson is the next big bald guy in this film as Roman Pierce, who has the cheesiest lines to say, and I guess they wanted him to seem gangster so they gave him lines that had the word “man”, ending every sentence. Gibson is alright in some films, but here, he was just annoying. Cole Hauser is our main villain, who’s that usual cheesy bad guy, but he still does a good job at it. Eva Mendes is very hot and sexy, that always steals the show with her looks, and does an OK job here too. There’s also some nice spots from Ludacris, James Remar, and the always gorgeous, Devon Aoki.

Consensus: 2 Fast 2 Furious may be entertaining and have the same slick look the first one had, but the script brings this film and it’s cast way farther down.

5/10=Rental!!

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7 comments

  1. Of the Fast & the Furious films that I’ve seen. This is the one that I’ve liked the most. Probably because of the location, the cheesy acting, Devon Aoki, some of the big chase sequences, Devon Aoki, Tyrese doing a lot of bad Spanish, Devon Aoki, Eva Mendes in a bikini, and Devon Aoki.

  2. This is the worst in the series. Its like a TV-series pilot set in Miami. I like this Franchise a lot but not this one. Sure its funny and entertaining but its not the same without Vin Diesel. This film also lacks the family theme which is strong in 1, 4, 5 which I also like very much.

  3. My least favourite entry in the series so far – Vin Diesel’s absence is all too apparent and even the exaggerated action that John Singleton cranks up can’t help this sequel out of second gear.

    Yes, I went there.

    Still, I guess we couldn’t have got to the physics-abusing fifth movie without this one, so I’ll give it a pass – it’s the one that I tend to start watching on TV but never much further than the opening race before changing the channel. And a movie with this subject matter shouldn’t ever be dull…

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