2 Fast 2 Furious
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Death by sequel. Extremely violent sequel.
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I never knew how fast and how furious people could really be.
- Julie, Monday, April 6, 2009
Brian O'Connor: You ready for this? Roman: Come on, man. Guns, murderers and crooked cops? I was made for this, bro. If the first movie wasn't ridiculous enough, this sequel tries to raise the bar (just look at the title of the damn movie), but you know what, its hilariously ridiculous enough for me to enjoy it. Paul Walker returns as the surfer boy/ex-cop on the run Brian, after letting Vin Diesel get away in the last movie (apparently he got far enough away not to come back this time around). After an opening race to ensure us that this movies is 2 fast and 2 furious, Brian is brought in by the cops and told that he must go undercover using his racing abilities to bust a drug dealer. Brian then requests aid from an old friend of his, Roman played by Tyrese Gibson. Set in Miami, the two work with buddy movie cliches to get the job done. Within this cast you also have Cole Hauser as the bad guy, Ludacris, and a smoking hot Eva Mendes. For some reason John Singleton has decided to direct this movie, acknowledging the fact that the purpose is to show off hot cars and hot bods, but he does a decent enough job getting across the image of this racing world in Florida. His choice of bringing in Tyrese is also welcome. While the Diesel cool is lost, Tyrese is a very likable guy and definetely helps stray away thoughts of how ridiculous things get, ensuring us that this is supposed to be a summer movie about having fun. Complete with over-the-top CG racing scenes, more terrible dialog, and a plot that goes way past being loony, this movie still manages to provide enough entertainment for me to enjoy it my way. after Roman Pearce smashed the car window] Brian O'Connor: Now put your blouse back on. Roman Pearce: Hater.
- DrZeek, Saturday, August 9, 2008
"All right, let's see what this thing can do." After being highly unimpressed with The Fast and the Furious I strongly avoided this sequel with little intent on watching it. However when I realised that director Rob Cohen had been replaced my hopes suddenly went higher. The original film suffered because of its overflow of silly nonsense which is always going to be expected if Rob Cohen is at the helm. And hence all expectations and anticipations for this sequel flew out the window with the intent of watching it with an open mind. 2 Fast 2 Furious was made without Vin Diesel returning in one of the lead roles. This is another element that persuaded me to watch this one. I have never been fond of Vin Diesel; and hence the absence of his mostly atrocious acting somewhat excited me. Thankfully, the filmmakers did their jobs correctly with this film. Brian O'Connor (Walker) is no longer a cop after the events of the first movie. Now Brian makes his money by taking part in illegal street racing (in his gorgeous car). Succeeding a street race Brian is brought into the police and is offered a job as an undercover cop. If he refuses he will have to pay the consequences of his prior crimes. Taking the deal, he decides to pair up with a former college pal (Tyrese) as they are sent to Miami to uncover evidence to convict a known drug dealer. In exchange for carrying out the assignment, their criminal records will be completely wiped clean. The plot is thin but there is certainly enough high octane car chases and action that is guaranteed to entertain. This is one of the film's real strengths: in its highly impressive action. With the first film, Rob Cohen uses absurd situations and terrible camera shots to sell the poor concepts. Here the street racing theme of the first film is abandoned, and it's a good thing that it was! The first film is also so weak because it's very singular noted. Just illegal drag racing and a few heist sequences. 2 Fast 2 Furious boasts an enormous array of chases that are ridiculous for sure. They're also colourful and entertaining. Credit must go to the director and cinematographer who ensure that it's possible to figure out what's happening on screen during the car chases. There is plenty of action that is lensed with great skill on the part of those behind the camera. The action is engaging and exhilarating; a quality that was absent in the first film. Director John Singleton also ensures that the dialogue scenes are still interesting no matter how ludicrous some of the dialogue actually is. And of course an action film like this cannot be complete without the clichs and the thin plot. The screenwriter, it seems, can't stay away from the obligatory clichs of the genre. The plot seems to disappear about halfway through; now allowing for the stunt drivers to show their skill. Despite this, at least it's all very entertaining. The best part of the action is the pulse-pounding score courtesy of David Arnold. Arnold is a man famous for the soundtracks of several Bond movies. When given some decent chase scenes he can most certainly produce music of a high quality. Paul Walker is increasingly wooden at times. His line deliveries frequently sound very forced. One key rule about being an actor: don't say the lines, mean the lines. Walker is obviously unaware of this principal acting rule. In the supporting cast we have the big-breasted girls and the sleazy gurus of racing. 2 Fast 2 Furious is a dumb action picture uplifted by clever direction, taut action and colourful locations. Its flaws lie only in its scripting and, marginally, its merely adequate performances. Yes, it's a predictable formula and yes, the action is absurd. On the contrary, the target audience comes here expecting edge-of-your-seat action and gorgeous cars. On that aspect it succeeds emphatically. One of the film's highlights: a torture scene featuring a metal bucket, a rat, a blow-torch and a cop.
- PvtCaboose91, Thursday, May 15, 2008