18 Movie Reviews in 18 Days #13: 2 Fast 2 Furious

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With a title like 2 Fast 2 Furious, I wasn’t expecting to take this movie too seriously. And sure enough, this movie starts with a car race every bit as absurd as anything in the first movie. Now they’re in Miami and Brian (Paul Walker) is no longer a cop. The race culminates with a draw bridge jump and the cops chasing everyone and catching Brian with a car taser. Of course car tasers don’t exist, but I’m already learning to just roll with it.

It turns out that the authorities want Brian to infiltrate a Miami drug dealer’s (Cole Houser) ranks so that they can get at the money. Brian insists on bringing his estranged childhood friend, Roman (Tyrese Gibson). They’ve already got a woman on the inside (Eva Mendes) who may or may not have flipped to the other side.

The loss of Vin Diesel and pretty much everyone else from the first movie (with the notable exception of Thom Berry and Agent Bilkins) is noticeable, but entirely believable. Surprisingly, the screenwriters and director John Singleton worked out a good back story and character arc for Paul Walker’s character. Unlike the first installment, this one decides to flesh out Brian just a bit so that we get an idea of his motivations.

Another noticeable change is that there were pretty much only two races in the movie. The rest are car chases. This suits me just fine as I prefer something more on the line than just cars. There’s also the added bonus that they aren’t all just imports. They actually use a few American made cars. Now if only someone in this franchise would notice the Europeans aren’t bad at making fast cars either.

There are moments of absurdity in 2 Fast 2 Furious that are laugh out loud funny. One torture scene in particular is just plain silly. And there are some truck-sized plot holes. It’s not a movie I’d watch again, but I’ve got to give it credit. It’s markedly better than the first installment.

Next up is Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift. I’ve been told to skip this one as it has next to nothing to do with the others in the franchise, but I like to be thorough.

2 Fast 2 Furious is available to purchase at this link.

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