2 FAST 2 FURIOUS
Paul Walker returns as Brian O’Connor, but the undercover cop is now without his badge, having lost it after letting Vin Diesel’s character Dominic Toretto escape at the end of the original film. The rule breaking loner is now in Miami and hooked on speed – that other kind. The Feds, desperate to nail bigtime drug dealer for money laundering using illegal street racers, Carter Verone (Cole Hauser), reluctantly call O’Connor in, who demands to work with his own choice of partner, childhood buddy Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson), an ex-con with handy fast driving skills. It’s a chance for the ex cop and the ex con to clear their respective records. But there’s a woman – again – who could be the undoing of O’Connor, undercover agent Monica (Eva Mendes) who is in Verone’s confidence – and maybe also his bed.
Review by Andrew L. Urban:
On its own terms, 2 Fast 2 Furious is an OK sequel, and while losing the freshness and verve of the original, it remains a decent outing for rev heads and certain car enthusiasts. The hot rods here are fire breathing dragons, like the first Fast time, but the script relies more on the buddy theme created to pair Paul Walker with a new partner in Tyrese Gibson, in the absence of Vin Diesel’s Toretto character. Walker is more smug and less edgy this time, which lets the tension down a tad, but the wheels action retains its exciting appeal for those with a hankering for speed thrills. Gibson makes a beefy and credible Roman, a mix of thundering testosterone and jiving dude. Cole Hauser is slick as the cool baddie, and Eva Mendes makes Monica more than a moll with a secret, while impossibly alluring as the undercover cop. Still, this is all set in Miami . . . Directed with a solid and comfortable sense for the material, 2 Fast 2 Furious is just what you expect it to be. Or at least, what I expected it to be.
Review by Louise Keller:
It may not have the drama and pathos of the original, but 2 Fast 2 Furious offers plenty of high energy thrills with its speed, cars and babes and a plot that involves guns, murders and crooked cops. But it’s more than the zooped up street cars and snazzy driving that holds our attention. Central to the success of the franchise is clean-cut, blond heart-throb Paul Walker, whose boyish appeal is as hot as the cars, beautifully contrasting with the backdrop of hard-nosed crims. Walker wears his good looks lightly and he has all the charisma required to get past the winner’s flag in any race. Of course the big question everyone is asking is how does the film fare without the muscly Vin Diesel, who was responsible for much of the original film’s success. I’m pleased to report that R & B music star Tyrese more than makes up for the big guy: in fact Tyrese is a pretty big guy himself with pecs to spare, and provides much of the film’s dry humour. Yes, it’s action all the way and we can smell the tyres burning on the tarmac as the cars skid into action. The buddy theme is established from the beginning, and the relationship between Walker and Tyrese works at the heart. But more than anything, this is a film that’s all about attitude, and there’s a contagious sense of fun as the guys get in and out of the most amazing scrapes. There may be one too many ‘damn’ and ‘yeah bro’ in the script; besides the plot may not win any awards, but there’s plenty of tension and thrills throughout the races and chases. The action sequences are awesome – we are in the car, under the wheels, on the street, and it sizzles. Eva Mendes provides the sex appeal, and although there is no romance as such, there are enough babes to decorate the screen. Watch out for a couple of eye-popping stunts including one that involves a car and a boat, but if you just remember that this is all about having a very fast, great time, you can’t go wrong.
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Favourable: 2 (Andrew, Louise)
PAUL WALKER INTERVIEW by Andrew L. Urban
2 FAST 2 FURIOUS (M)
CAST: Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Cole Hauser, Eva Mendes, james Remar, Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges
PRODUCER: Neal H. Moritz
DIRECTOR: John Singleton
SCRIPT: Michael Brandt & Derek Haas
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Matthew F. Leonetti
EDITOR: Bruce Cannon ACE Dallas Puett ACE
MUSIC: David Arnold
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Keith Brian Burns
RUNNING TIME: 108 minutes
AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: UIP
AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: June 5, 2003