Fast 2 Furious. Universal
Pictures presents a film directed by John Singleton. Written
by Michael Brandt, Derek Haas and Gary Scott Thompson.
Running time: 94 minutes. Rated PG-13 (for street racing,
violence, language, some sensuality, and Paul Walker's
acting). Starring Paul Walker, Tyrese, Eva Mendes, Cole
Hauser, Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges, Thom Barry, James Remar,
Fast 2 Furious
The Fast and the Furious was released two years ago,
it became an unexpected success. A sequel was inevitable.
Now, that sequel, the terribly named 2 Fast 2 Furious,
has come upon us. And, while not unwatchable, it often comes
is no question as to why this movie was made. It is here to
make money, and nothing more. Sometimes, this is okay, but
only if the actual movie has more to it than spectacle. Unfortunately,
that's all 2 Fast 2 Furious is. The acting is terrible,
the writing is juvenile, and the direction...well, (as unprofessional
as this sounds) it sucks. But I just can't hate this
movie, because of one scene - a large chase near the end of
the movie involving hundreds of street cars. If it weren't
for that, I would probably be scoring 2 Fast 2 Furious
a full star lower.
Fast and the Furious worked because the car races were
exciting. Except for the one aforementioned chase, director
John Singleton has managed to make the races in 2 Fast
2 Furious unbelievably boring. Instead of focusing on
the cars or the actual race, Singleton uses close-ups on the
drivers' hands, feet, and faces, so the races lose all sense
original didn't have much in the way of plot, but, compared
to the paper-thin story of 2 Fast 2 Furious (that took
no less than five people to come up with), it has the
depth of War and Peace. Six hours after seeing the
movie, I truly can't remember much about what the "plot"
best I can remember is that Brian O'Conner (Walker), the hero
of The Fast and the Furious is no longer a cop. After
being arrested for street racing, the FBI convinces him to
work undercover. He teams up with childhood friend Roman Pierce
(Tyrese) because, I guess, the filmakers intelligently decided
that there was no way Paul Walker could carry a movie by himself
(or maybe to create the most ambiguously homosexual twosome
since Batman and Robin). They infiltrate the business of drug
czar Carter Verone (Cole Hauser) by acting as drivers. Another
FBI agent, Monica Clemente (Mendes) is already working as
Verone's mistress. After that, I'm not really sure what happens.
I think they're job is to take Verone's money and turn it,
and Verone, over to the FBI, at which point their criminal
records will be expunged.
casting, about every possible mistake was made. Vin Diesel
is replaced by Tyrese, who lacks both the charisma and screen
appeal of the admittedly not-all-that-talented Diesel. Instead
of the marginally talented Michelle Rodriguez or Jordana Brewster,
we have Eva Mendes, who provides nothing more than a pretty
face (and body) to look at. And then there's the incomparably
terrible Paul Walker, who could very well be the worst actor
working today. He sounds a lot like Keanu Reeves, but compared
to him, Reeves has the range of Edward Norton.
could watch 2 Fast 2 Furious without sound and it would
have the same (or perhaps a better) impact than it does now.
The laughable dialogue would be inaudible, it would be impossible
to tell that Paul Walker is being boring, and the plot would
be nothing more than short interludes between the T&A
and that one cool car chase.
Fast 2 Furious
will probably make a lot of money, and will probably spawn
another sequel. The underlying idea of this type of film still
has promise, and if the producers could get Rob Cohen (director
of The Fast and the Furious) and - gasp! - Vin Diesel
back, the third movie could be good. But I'm not grading the
possibility of a better sequel; I'm grading 2 Fast 2 Furious,
and this film is only marginally better than standard straight-to-video
2003 Matt Noller