2 Fast 2 Furious Review

2 Fast 2 Furious movie posterSynopsis
After the events of The Fast and the Furious, Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) is on the run. He makes his way to Miami, where he makes friends with the street race organizer Tej (Ludacris), and fellow street racer Suki (Devon Aoki). Eventually, FBI Agent Bilkins (Thom Barry) finds and captures O’Conner and the two strike a deal: O’Conner must go back undercover and work with Customs agent Monica Fuentes (Eva Mendes) to bring down the drug lord Carter Verone (Cole Hauser) in exchange for a clean record. In order to give his cover credibility, O’Conner gets the help of his childhood friend, ex-convict Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson).

Review
My expectations for 2 Fast 2 Furious weren’t that high. The Fast and the Furious was a fun film, but it’s focus on cars and the racing underground didn’t seem like it had the power to garner a strong follow up. Unfortunately, I was right. The result was a movie that attempted to develop the character of Brian O’Conner, but threw out any idea of a plot for fast cars and fast action.

As with The Fast and the Furious, the main focus of this film are the cars. Once again, there is an abundance of gorgeous cars. And there is a greater diversity than before, too. Not only are there compact cars, but there also are pick-ups and classic American muscle cars. It was enjoyable to see more variety.

In terms of acting, The Fast and the Furious didn’t set the bar very high. But 2 Fast 2 Furious doesn’t improve any, either. Paul Walker seems like he is trying to fit in somewhere he doesn’t belong. I just doesn’t work. Tyrese Gibson and Eva Mendes do well, even actually help Walker seem less awkward, but their performances are nowhere near their best.

I would say my least favorite aspect about this movie is the dialogue. It probably played a part in my feelings towards Walker’s character. He dropped “cuz” and “bro” way too often to feel natural. Most of the conversations between characters feel like they were written by a teenager. Only b-list monster movies have worse dialogue.

There isn’t much of a plot. Rather, there is the illusion of a plot in order to show off the nice cars. This is more of a cop drama and a character study for Brian O’Conner than anything else. However, the lack of a solid plot undermines any character development this movie is trying to accomplish. At some points, the plot doesn’t even make sense. This is a perfect example that sometimes it is better if you don’t think about it very much, nod your head and just go with it. It’s not like this film tries to be clever anyway.

2 Fast 2 Furious is a sequel that was not really needed. They took a movie that understood what it was and tried to make a follow up that ended up with an identity crisis. Some nice cars and quick action aren’t enough to make up for the mess created by some poor acting and weak dialogue.

Rating
2/5

For the rest of the Fast & Furious franchise, check out my reviews for The Fast and the Furious, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious, Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6, and Furious 7.

Lightning Review: The Fast and the Furious

The Fast and the Furious movie posterSynopsis
In order to investigate a series of robberies, Officer Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) goes undercover with a street gang lead by Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel). When O’Conner gets hooked on street racing and falls for Toretto’s sister, Mia (Jordana Brewster), he must determine where is loyalties lie.

Review
The Fast and the Furious is one of those films that is so simple it works. The plot is straightforward and isn’t filled with any twists and turns, but uses that simplicity to draw you in. The movie opens with a fast-paced highway hijacking sequence, which does well to set the pace for the rest of the film. Since the cars are the focus, every car that drives on screen looks slick and stylish. Even if you aren’t a car junkie, there is still plenty to get excited about. With a central focus on street racing, just about every other scene is lightning fast and contains the blurred outlines of cars speeding that just watching can give you an adrenaline rush. Even during the slower scenes, it still never feels sluggish and keeps moving at a brisk pace. The Fast and the Furious understands what type of movie it is and doesn’t try to be anything more. With some fast cars and energetic action thrown in for good measure, it’s hard not to get drawn in and enjoy the ride.

Rating
3.5/5

For the rest of the Fast & Furious franchise, check out my reviews for 2 Fast 2 Furious, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious, Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6, and Furious 7.