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2 Fast 2 Furious
How Fast Do You Want It?
It's a major double-cross when former police officer Brian O'Conner teams up with his ex-con buddy Roman Pearce to transport a shipment of "dirty" money for shady Miami-based import-export dealer Carter Verone. But the guys are actually working with undercover agent Monica Fuentes to bring Verone down.
I have absolutely no idea where this one stands in the franchise. Is it number two, three? They're all pretty much the same in any case, so does it really matter? This one I'm afraid doesn't give us anything new, and even with hottie Eva Mendes on board, this is as dull as arse.
So Brian is on the run and gets himself hooked up with an old friend and ex-con Tyrese Gibson. Together they're attempting to clear their names by working with Government agencies to bring down a Miami drug-lord. Guess what, the drug-lord is into street racing and is looking for some drivers to help transport his ill-gotten gains. It's again all about the cars and the racing…
I recently decided to give this franchise ago after years of avoiding it. I always figured I'd hate it, but the solid reviews for the 5th and 6th installments convinced me to give it a go.
The first film wasn't great, but I liked it well enough and it wasn't near as bad as I'd feared. Sadly that's not the case for 2 Fast 2 Furious. It's packed to the brim with the shit that kept me from watching the series in the first place. The action gets boring and repetitive very quickly, the acting is terrible, the plot thin, and the dialogue unbearable. Paul Walker actually says "How do ya like them apples", the word "brah" is used enough…
Less fraught, with less striving towards realism in milieu or plot or psychology than its predecessor, this is the movie people (critics, audiences) expected Miami Vice to be and when Michael Mann gave them a masterpiece instead they reacted with outraged ambivalence. John Singleton takes over from Rob Cohen and, ahem, keeps things moving. Tyrese Gibson comes off best, funny and charming, making one wonder why he never really became a star. Paul Walker is the zero point, the bleached-blond blandness that allows the ethnically diverse assemblage around him to shine (to be noted, however: the black people are funny, the Hispanics are scary, the Asians are weird). The women are dreadful, both in conception and performance: Eva Mendes apparently…
"Come on, man. Guns, murderers and crooked cops? I was made for this, bro."
Yes, the film is borderline retarded, the acting is horrible and the ending is so eye rolling that I can't see straight, but for some reason I was entertained.
I won't try to safe this film in any way or form, is the worst of the franchise hands down, it feels so unreal and the CGI looks horrible!
Now, with all that said and dusted, I was entertained by the bad acting and confusing plot lines. Still, I got introduce to new members of the "team" and there where a couple of nice car chases.
Note that this is m first experience with the Fast and Furious franchise.
With my not-so positive thoughts on the original Fast and Furious film, and hearing that the franchise only gets worse before it gets better, my expectations for it's first sequel was some of the lowest expectations I've had in any blockbuster, especially when the film title is one of the worst sequel titles I've heard of (Really? 2 Fast 2 Furious? That's almost as dumb as Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel). Bu even with these low expectations, 2 Fast 2 Furious brings the franchise down to a lever of absolute boredom and absurdity that makes me question whether it's worth watching this franchise to begin with.…
With Paul Walker's "Brian" being the only character from the original crew returning for the sequel, this already had bad news written all over it from the get go. Surprisingly enough, it is the more enjoyable movie.
Former cop Brian is living underground, always running from the cops and making a living winning illegal street races. One day he gets busted and is forced to work with his former associate Roman (Tyrese Gibson), to work undercover as a wheelman for the local gangsterboss played by Cole Hauser.
What the sequel does right is improving on everything that I didn't like about the original. Walker's character is still unappealing, but by turning him into a cocky asshole they actually manage to…
Unfortunately, for all the praise I gave the first film in the franchise, this does the exact opposite and isn't at all comfortable being "just a racing film". This dives right into the clichés that the first one elegantly drove past, and ends up being your typical buddy-comedy action film with a "plot" centering around money and with a stupid villain. Furthermore, this entry in the series is all too flashy for its own good, looking like a rap music video a lot of the time. The first one had a slight rap soundtrack and stuff, but this is just a straight up hood movie with cars. Not to be racist, but it is clear to see that the director…
Introducing Tyrese and Ludacris as Roman and Tej, this starts this franchise on its path towards the juggernaut we know today.
This is, however, more fun than I remember. Singleton bringing a different look, with lots of high and low camera angles, evoking a bit of early DePalma and more than a bit of 70s exploitation. James Remar as the overseeing cop helps bring this some solid retro feel.
Going back over the early days of this franchise is proving to be a fun little excercise. Coming up next, here comes Han, the return of Dom (briefly) and, of course, the introduction of the incomparable Lucas Black.
The first sequel to The Fast and The Furious is dumb, but not as entertainingly dumb as the original film.
Directed by John Singleton (Boys n the Hood , for which he became the first African American and youngest person to ever be nominated for the Best Director Oscar), 2 Fast 2 Furious is the first sequel of the still-continuing Fast & Furious franchise. The 1st entry was a financial hit, grossing approximately $207,283,925 at the box office. Naturally, a sequel would be in the works, but sadly, this carries on the tradition that sequels never usually surpass the original. A combination of one-liners and mainstream culture, 2 Fast 2 Furious is held back by a forgettable plot and unrealistic racing sequences.
The late Paul Walker reprises his role as Brian O'Conner, who is no longer working for the LAPD and…
Well I'm watching them but I figured if I'm going to watch the rest of these movies, I may as well watch the second one as well. The film suffers a little bit without Vin Diesel's involvement, but Paul Walker is still good and I actually like Tyrese Gibson in these films. I also really like the street racing elements that are still present in the series at this point. I've heard they kind of disappear in the later films, but I've also heard that the later films are better. Maybe it's a horse a piece.
::listens to sirens for 20 seconds:: "Cops..."
You know how there's list which ranks the most utterances of the word "fuck" in movies? Well if they did that for the word "bro" the Fast and Furious franchise would rank among the very top. More brainless and less exciting than the original, w/r/t my being ready for more I must insert foot in mouth. Paul Walker is still a stick in the mud and the CGI-assisted races are absolutely atrocious, but Tyrese Gibson's over-the-top Roman did finally grow on me and have we realized yet that Eva Mendez is one of our best working actresses? (Which isn't to say she's great here, rather that she deserves better projects.) Also #hottake warning: I'd take this poor Fast and Furious movie over every Marvel movie other than Iron Man any day.
It is incredibly strange how different the opening scene is from the entire rest of the film. Embracing a pop-candy-colored style, the first scene in the movie becomes a live-action cartoon with an opening race that is hyperkinetic and somehow still garbage.
After that, the movie settles into a slightly more grounded grove, and the car action scenes become much more legible and exciting.
The Miami locations are gorgeous, and Singleton shoots the heck out of the movie -- even the bafflingly weird opening race has some really cool aesthetic decisions that just don't quite end up blending together.
You can definitely feel the scriptwriting Ctrl+F replacing Dom Toretto with Roman Pierce. It's super clear it was initially going to partner the Dom and Brian again with some stress. If Diesel never came back, it would feel like a missed opportunity, but with the track these films are on, it actually just becomes world-building.
If you like nice cars, you may like the fast and furious movies, and in my opinion the second one is the best Fast and Furious movie (maybe with the sixth together). The Story is a average action movie storylike, not very profound. But I'm sure, you will not regret to watch this movie.
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