This review contains spoilers.2 Fast and 2 Furious is the sequel to The Fast and the Furious. The movie stars Paul Walker as Brian O'Conner as he works with the FBI to clear his name after the events of the first movie. Brian partners with Roman Pearce, played by Tyrese Gibson as the two work to bring down a criminal drug lord.Even more so in the sequel, the plot is an excuse to have car race and car chases. This plot absolutely requires the audience to turn off their brain in order to enjoy the action. The quiet scenes do not build on each other and the movie offers these as a weak excuse to have car chases and car races. Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto is missing in this movie. The movie suffers as a result of his absence. The missing pieces are picked up by Paul Walker and Tyrese Gibson's chemistry on screen but not completely. These two characters and actors look like they are having a lot of fun on the screen. This translates to the movie well. However, this is not enough to hold up the quiet parts of the movie.The action in this movie is good but it fails to have any story weight behind it. I am hard pressed to find any fulfilling action scenes in the movie.2 Fast 2 Furious is not a good movie. It can be entertaining for its action, but audiences looking for a completely movie should look elsewhere.
"The Fast and the Furious" was only a decent movie with Vin Diesel. Then Universal opted to move forward on a quick-turnaround sequel without one half of the duo that kept that movie engaging. Surprisingly, this doesn't completely doom "2 Fast 2 Furious," which struggles more with identity than it does trying to replace Diesel with Tyrese."2 Fast" moves the action to South Florida and opens with a neon-bedazzled street race that re-evokes the campy MTV Spring Break aesthetic of the last movie. O'Conner (Paul Walker) has been evading the law since he "flipped," but he can't help get in the game when Tej (Ludicrous) calls him up. Unsurprisingly, the cops bust the party and it lands O'Conner in federal custody. Agents Markham (James Remar) and Bilkins (Thom Barry, from the first film) then give O'Conner an ultimatum: Help their undercover agent (Eva Mendes) take down Miami drug lord Carter Verone (Cole Hauser) or prison. When they say he needs a partner, he enlists the help of childhood buddy Roman Pierce (Tyrese) with whom he left things on bad terms.Understanding that being without Dominic Toretto would be a big blow, writers Michael Brandt and Derek Haas wisely attempt to substitute a co-star that could provide a similar dynamic. Roman "Rome" Pierce fills the hole of having O'Conner be at odds in a brotherly way with someone else. Tyrese steps up admirably, but the rest of the movie ends up painting them as more of a typical buddy-cop duo, with shades of comedy even. Brandt and Haas attempt to go full-scale Hollywood with "2 Fast 2 Furious" and while the inventiveness takes a healthy step forward, it comes at the cost of what made the first film a little more alternative to the typical blockbuster. "The Fast and the Furious" felt a little gritty and down to earth at times, whereas "2 Fast" is thinking about how to be bigger and bolder.Those risks pay off in positive ways when it comes to the entertainment value. A game of chicken in the middle of relay race infuses some energy into what would've been just another race sequence; the warehouse trick has a cool surprise effect; and the final stunt of the film needs no explanation. It's fun and director John Singleton ("Boyz in the Hood") doesn't shy away from fun, even when it crosses the line to silly on many occasions.Yet the net effect of bigger stunts and sequences is not an improvement from the first film because of the way it sells out to a more traditional action movie formula. By the final act, it devolves into a spy movie with street-racing cars, which kind of reveals the entire film to be an attempt to make a "James Bond" movie with a "street" vibe. Even the villain is this rich guy who likes to torture people in gimmicky ways. Mendes is the Bond girl chained to said villain, but of course she's hopelessly attracted to O'Conner. Add all the "bros" and "braes" that O'Conner and Rome ceaselessly spew out, respectively, and it's not hard to see how Universal has taken a classic movie formula and dressed it up to reach an audience that would enjoy seeing Tyrese and Ludicrous in acting roles — or at least pay to see it. The first song used in the soundtrack actually has the phrase "2 Fast 2 Furious" in it. And you can't have rappers and R&B stars without surrounding them with busty women in bikinis to ogle.The digs come easy at "2 Fast 2 Furious" (the title, for one
), but it manages to be creative and entertaining enough to counter its formulaic approach and desire to appeal to the basest of movie-watchers' instincts. It definitely understands what it is and how to maximize its appeal, even if we're wise to its ways.~Steven CThanks for reading! Check out Movie Muse Reviews for more
Former cop Brian O'Conner is called upon to bust a dangerous criminal and he recruits the help of a former childhood friend and street racer who has a chance to redeem himself. 2 Fast 2 Furious was always somehow my least favorite of the Fast & Furious but honestly after watching it again today it's a very fun sequel not as good as the first film of the most recent ones but still miles better than Tokyo Drift in my opinion. It has some mindless action and over the top stunts but it's a Franchise about fast cars what did you except? Paul Walker and Tyrese Gibson have a really great chemistry together and Eva Mendes also did a pretty nice job. Fast & Furious 2 is not as bad as the reviews made it look like i mean the film starts pretty goddamn strong with that race and continues to get better and better it's a good mindless action flick.
Following the events of the previous film protagonist Brian O'Conner has been kicked out of the LAPD and is wanted for helping his friend evade the law. He has moved to Miami where he is part of the illegal street racing scene. After one race he is arrested and given a choice; be sent to jail or work with the federal authorities to help in an operation to catch Carter Verone; an Argentinian drug dealer. He agrees to help on condition that he gets to pick the partner to work with him. This partner is Roman Pearce, a convicted criminal who blames Brian for the fact that he spent three years in prison! Undercover agent Monica Fuentes manages to get them close to Verone but they will have prove themselves before getting the job of driving his ill-gotten cash to a point where he can get it out of the country. Inevitably they get the job but it won't be easy; Verone plans to kill them once they have served their purpose and the Miami PD are keen to stop them getting to their destination.Technically speaking this film is not as good as the first; the story is more basic and it lacks Vin Diesel's character
yet despite that I enjoyed it more. There are a succession of car chases and thrilling stunts; these are a lot of fun even though we know that there is no chance that Brian and Roman won't come out on top. We also have to ignore some obvious plot holes; most notably why would Verone want a couple of street racers in souped-up cars to transport his money when could get his own people to move it in an ordinary vehicle at sensible speeds without attracting attention
of course that would make for a less thrilling film! The cast do a decent enough job; Paul Walker reprises the role of Brian and is a likable lead and Tyrese Gibson is fun as Roman
the two have a pretty good chemistry. The rest of the cast are okay; Eva Mendes is solid enough as undercover agent Monica Fuentes
although I can't help feeling that she, along with the other women in the film were there for their looks rather than anything else. Overall this is a fun brain in neutral film with lots of exciting action and impressive stunts.