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2 Fast 2 Furious

Universal // PG-13 // June 6, 2003
List Price: Unknown

Review by Megan Denny | posted June 6, 2003 | E-mail the Author
2 Fast 2 Furious

Why they didn't call this sequel, "Faster and Furiouser" I don't know. That's pretty much the mentality of this hybrid video game/ rap video. This is not to say that the movie isn't fun to watch; it's just totally immature in everyway. The plot has been pared down to almost nothing in order to squeeze in maximum race scenes and booty shots, which is just fine considering Paul Walker is the worst actor on the big screen right now (yeah, I know there's a Keanu Reeves movie out there too). With "2F2F" the filmmakers have distilled all the substance out of the first film in order to create a movie that is pure style, or at least it heads in that direction.

In 2F2F, the action has moved to Miami and the Limp Bizkit-esque elements of the soundtrack have been completely dropped to make way for "Dirty South" gangsta rap (complete with cast member/ rapper Ludacris). Brian O'Conner (Walker) finds himself in the role of undercover cop yet again. This time his mission is to bust one Carter Verone who is engaging in illegal exports and money laundering. Tyrese plays Roman Pearce, the "furious" to O'Conner's "fast" and in between calling each other "Bra" they chase down the bad guys in a pair of tricked out Mitsubishis.

The street racing scenes are extremely similar to the first film, which is kind of a shame. You'd think with all the money they saved by not having Vin Diesel they could have stepped up the special effects. Having the camera snake through the engine bay is not only an out-dated effect, but it looks terrible. The best scenes of the film use little to no digital technology whatsoever. What makes films like 2F2F exciting are the stunt moves, and, unfortunately, they showed all of those moments in the trailer. But, if candy-colored cars and Nitro blasts are what do it for you, 2F2F has both of those in spades.

The real tragedy of this film is Paul Walker's acting. But the second most tragic thing is that it was directed by John Singleton. One can only hope he did this movie in order to bank roll some kind of great comeback project. Talk about asleep at the wheel, when the cars would go into "nitro" it was like the Enterprise going into warp speed, totally cheesy! Everything about the movie would make you think it was directed by someone who cut their teeth on TV shows, and not the work of the man behind the groundbreaking Boys in the Hood. I can accept that this movie is about style and not substance, but in order for that to work this movie needed a lot more style.

What really would have helped is an "R" rating. With an "R" this movie could have sizzled. Watching this film and seeing a "you shut up, no YOU shut up" exchange made me think, "I am watching a film made for fifteen-year-old boys. This is totally lame." I'm not necessarily advocating more violence in film, there are plenty of other ways an "R" rating can pump up a film.: prolific use of the "f-word," for example.

If you liked the action and style of The Fast and The Furious and you're ready to get faster and furiouser, then 2 Fast, 2 Furious is for you. But if you're looking for a stylish summer action movie with a little more brains, you're better off with The Italian Job. Or better yet, rent Easy Rider.



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