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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 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…
"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.
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…
This is much better than first film, basically because this is just Bad Boys 2 lite. In fact, BB2 and 2F2F were even being filmed at the exact same time in Florida. Pretty much every single aspect of this film is better than the first film, except for some of the car stunts. There is never a real wow stunt in 2F2F like there is in the original flick. This is not really that big of a deal though.
Tyrese Gibson's Roman Pearce annoyed me in Furious 6 with his infinite jokes, and for some reason I was pretty sure he was a serious man in this one, so it was a big surprise that his comic relief style was present already in 2F2F, and with better jokes by the way.
And the stunts are way better than my memory recalled.
Somehow manages to be even worse than the first one, not an easy feat by any means. I had actually pegged Singleton as a better director than Cohen, but this film single-handedly obliterates any good will the guy might have ever had. The film is shot like a porno, a feeling only heightened whenever Cole Hauser shows up, seemingly ready to Brazzer the place up at any given moment. Then there's Tyrese Gibson's necessity to finish every single goddamn sentence with a semi-pronounced "brah," as if he's about to have a stroke. Paul Walker is just happy to be standing in front of a camera. Jesus Christ. Justin Lin can't get here fast enough.
After watching The Fast and the Furious a few days ago I thought I might as well carry on with the franchise, but I really wish I hadn't. This film is little more than a series of substitutions to keep it distinguishable from the first film:
-races in a straight line swapped for races with turns
-Vin Diesel swapped for Tyrese Gibson
-LA swapped for Miami
-Ja Rule swapped for Ludacris
... and the list goes on. Unoriginal, predictable and contrived, with cheesy, stiff acting and none of the charm of the original.
A Movie a Day: Day 21 - Movie 2
Basic thought of the film:
Same formula, this time in Miami.
Oh boy. Even as a jokey trash film this is still bad. The cheesiness from the first film has been amped up, this one made me cringe several times. The acting is terrible, the plot is boring, but it has pretty ladies and the racing is still nice to watch. Definitely the worst of the series.
So much better than the fist film and one of the best in the franchise, for me. Paul Walker and Tyrese Gibson are great together, just like a bad cop movie.
#9 of Sequel Season
Original: The Fast and the Furious (2001) ***1/2
I had very low expectations for 2 Fast 2 Furious and the only reason I'm even watching it is because I picked up for £1 in a sale with a bunch of other shit movies. Originally I didn't even care for The Fast and the Furious, considering it to be a Point Break knock-off with cars replacing surfboards. I've reassessed my opinion on that thanks to Fast Five, one of the few occasions a fifth instalment of a series has improved my opinion of the entire franchise.
Given my lack of expectations 2 Fast 2 Furious came across really well as a brainless car film. Tyrese Gibson is…
I may be in the minority in this (or so it seems), but in many ways this was a way better movie than the first one. The car races were more suspenseful and well done, which...well...that's the reason we're watching this movie, right? This probably balances out the fact that there's no Vin Diesel. I'm ready to have Vin back.
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