2 Fast 2 Furious Part 2(2003)(DVD)
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Steve, . 28 August 2003
FAST 2 FURIOUS
A film review by Steve Rhodes
Copyright 2003 Steve Rhodes
RATING (0 TO ****): ***
2 FAST 2 FURIOUS, a sequel to -- what else? -- THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS, is the first popcorn movie of this summer season. A satisfying adrenaline rush, it is a mindless bit of escapism that speaks to the inner teenage rebel in us all. It again features fast and colorful street racers. What it doesn't have is Vin Diesel, a.k.a., Mr. XXX. But he isn't missed since Paul Walker's costar this time is Tyrese. Together they make funnier and better buddies. The original film was a lame action flick, but the sequel really sizzles, thanks to a director upgrade from Rob Cohen (THE SKULLS and DAYLIGHT) to John Singleton (ROSEWOOD and BOYS N THE HOOD). Singleton even manages to make the story's cardboard characters worth caring about.
The film's opening illegal street race -- the ending credits admonish not to try this on our local lanes -- feels at first like a pedestrian rehash of the last picture. The race organizer, Tej (Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges), taunts one of the sexy contestants, Suki (Devon Aoki), with double entendres. "When you gonna pop clutch?" he kids with her. The stunt drivers, who really shine, get their warm-up exercise in this scene. The better ones will come later in demolition derbies on the highways and in a spectacular, budget-busting finale.
Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) and Roman Pearce (Tyrese), keep competing with each in great, good-spirited fashion. Oh, I forgot to mention. They end up breaking the law in order to help the law. The Feds hire them to drive undercover for drug dealer Carter Verone (Cole Hauser). This plot makes no sense but is fun nonetheless
Set in south Florida, the movie is breath-takingly beautiful. My favorite part of the movie? I know I'm showing my age, but my favorite was the pair of seventies muscle cars that almost beat our guys' neon-lit, super fueled cars. If they had just used a 409 -- my big-engine auto in high school -- I would have been in hog heaven.
2 FAST 2 FURIOUS runs 1:34. It is rated PR-13 for "street racing, violence, language and some sensuality" and would be acceptable for kids around 12 and up.
My son Jeffrey, age 14, gave it ****. He thought the street racing and just about everything was better this time, including a much better villain. He especially liked the big ending twist.
Frans, South Africa. 13 February 2004
Ok, I expected more from this movie, but you cant always get what you want.
The cars in this movie is mouthwatering.Even a cop would water at the mouth over this action packed movie.
There are some issues I cant entrely grasp:(this might not have anything 2 do with this review)
The first movie Brian's surname was Spilner and in this one it is O'Conner.
The cars in this movie are mouthwatering. . .Did i say that already?
I just cant get those cars out of my head. This movie made me think of becoming an illegal racer even more. . .
Fast Cars and Fast woman - all that is needed in a movie; and ofcourse the occasional explosion or chase through the streets. . . That is what this movie is all about.
Felicity, South Africa. 14 April 2016
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