2 Fast 2 Furious

2fast2furious Director: John Singleton
Writer: Michael Brandt/Derek Haas
Producers: Neal H. Moritz
Starring: Paul Walker/Tyrese Gibson/Eva Mendes/Chris “Ludacris” Bridges
Year: 2003
Country: US/Germany
BBFC Certification: 15
Duration: 107 minutes

Continuing the series with a decent but unnecessary sequel is 2 Fast 2 Furious, a movie that raises the bar a little where the action is concerned but unfortunately, it’s more or less same-old, same-old. Former cop, Brian O’Conner is finally arrested after letting his leader escape the law. To avoid the consequences, he must now work with an old college friend and help the police arrest a local drug exporter. Unfortunately, with 2 Fast 2 Furious, you find it a little harder to forgive it for its flaws than you could with The Fast and the Furious because at least with the first one, the story was entertaining enough. Unfortunately, for 2 Fast 2 Furious, you found yourself wanting to skip the story entirely and just fast-forward to the action scenes involving the cars and even then, the first one did it better. Just like The Fast and the Furious, 2 Fast 2 Furious has an annoying set of characters that you could not care about at all and could not relate to in any way. While it’s understandable that films such as this one weren’t exactly made because of it’s story and script, the characters should at least be decent. Unfortunately, all of the characters in the movie, including Brian from The Fast and the Furious, were annoying and you just didn’t want them to talk at all. The dialogue for 2 Fast 2 Furious is yet again a little bad and cheesy in some parts, especially during the races when the characters say a quick one-line sentence.

Although the story, the dialogue and the characters were annoyingly bad, just like The Fast and the Furious, it weirdly works with the action. Although The Fast and the Furious did it a lot better, the story was more or less there to introduce the action scenes but half of the time, you wanted less talking and more action. The action scenes in the movie were executed very well with a couple of good scenes but it didn’t have anything on The Fast and the Furious. The annoying thing about the movie was the speed in the racing scenes and how it was depicted. When we get a shot of a character driving a car at 70mph, the outside of the car passes by in vertical lines like effects from an anime movie or light-speed effects from Star Wars, it just would never happen! Overall, 2 Fast 2 Furious had a couple of great action moments but The Fast and the Furious is ultimately the better movie out of the two.

2 Fast 2 Furious could have been a lot better, action scenes included, but it was still a rather enjoyable sequel in some ways. However, it’s not something you could sit there and watch again, like you possibly could with the first. The sequel had a few things missing that the first movie had but it was just mindless fun and something that favours action over anything else. It’s an average movie that requires you to leave your brain at the door and the action scenes and the stunts were a bit impressive but this doesn’t really reach the level of excitement of The Fast and the Furious.

4/10

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