Moving onto to the second movie of the Fast series, 2 Fast 2 Furious continues but without Vin Diesel this time. Paul Walker takes the reins this time in the leading role.
If you missed The Fast and the Furious review, check it out HERE! This is part of a series, if you haven’t seen the first one, this review may have a few spoilers.
Let’s check it out! 🙂
2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)
Director: John Singleton
Cast: Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Eva Mendes, Cole Hauser, Jin Auyeung, Devon Aoki, Thom Barry
After his decisions in The Fast and the Furious, Brian O’Connor (Paul Walker) is no longer a cop. However, he now lives in the street racing world in Miami to earn a living. When his former FBI boss approaches him to help him to catch a drug exporter (Cole Hauser), O’Connor heads out to seek his childhood friend, Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson) to help him out while helping them to wipe their records clean if this mission succeeds.
2 Fast 2 Furious is a mixed bag. On one hand, there are some commendable traits to it, especially in this viewing, I’ve appreciated it a little bit more. And no, its not just because I am missing Paul Walker and gearing up to the final goodbye of his character in this series. I’ve always been rather forgiving of this installment. Paul Walker taking the lead role works because now its all him: whether he can carry this franchise or not. We kind of know the answer to that already. What works for this one is that he has a great supporting cast behind him. Tyrese Gibson playing Roman Pearce adds an enjoyment because it brings in some chemistry. Its like Brian O’Connor found a crew that he belongs to as he rekindles his friendship with Roman Pearce and his Miami street racing group lead by Tej (played by Ludacris). Watching this a second time, I noticed someone that probably doesn’t exactly matter in Hollywood because he’s now huge in the Hong Kong entertainment and TV channel but that’s the garage kid called Jimmy that works for Tej played by Jin Auyeung (or now, he’s called MC Jin, also credited for doing some music for the video game Kung Fu Rider). That guy is great and I love him in the TV dramas so it was a pleasant surprise to see him in 2 Fast 2 Furious.
Maybe its my bad that I didn’t talk about villains. Although, I guess it wasn’t about the villains in the first one so much as it is now. 2 Fast 2 Furious makes it a defined boundaries that the villain is the drug exporter and their mission is to help stop him. Our villain in this one, although not exactly memorable is a Carter Verone, played by Cole Hauser. This guy isn’t really menacing but I guess when you bring Eva Mendes playing Monica Fuentes who is the undercover agent who is sleeping with the enemy and has a little chemistry with Brian, things tend to get a little dicey. This series is shaping up to be making bad relationship calls that cause tension. Probably not exactly the impression it gets but I started having that feeling. Of course, Brian’s chemistry is never as great as when he’s with Mia, who isn’t in this one because Vin Diesel isn’t there to play Dom.
Does it sound like I’m hating on 2 Fast 2 Furious? I’m not. I’m indifferent to it at most. Brian and Roman make a good team, balancing funny and serious moments together. Without Vin, the vibe of the series has changed, not necessarily for the better, because its not nearly as good as the first but a charismatic cast and some pretty nice looking rides makes somewhat of a mark here. This is absolute brainless fun. Just enjoy the ride and let it flow 😉
Have you seen 2 Fast 2 Furious? What are you thoughts on it?
Remember to drop by tomorrow to catch the review for the next in the series, Tokyo Drift! 🙂