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2 Fast 2 Furious

by

Jeff Nelson

The cars are cool, the women are attractive, but what is all of that without the extreme car chases that made the original well known?

2 Fast 2 Furious
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The first of the series known as The Fast and the Furious certainly split audiences down the middle. Some loved it, some hated it, and others were somewhere in between. I found it to be an entertaining ride. While it isn't anything award-worthy, it did what it promised. Can 2 Fast 2 Furious offer the same charm seen before?

Brian O'Conner, former cop, is arrested after letting his leader escape the law. To avoid the punishment following, he must work with an old friend and help the cops arrest a local drug exporter. The Fast and the Furious isn't known to have an engaging plot. I never expected 2 Fast 2 Furious to have one either. However, this is a step back. There are quite a few attempts at humor, but they all fail. From start to finish, the film tries too hard to be more over the top than the previous film. By trying so hard, the filmmakers ended up hurting the movie. There are attempts to bring some new characters into the series and none of them fit into the movie. They stuck out like sore thumbs. This movie doesn't continue the story that the first film gave. This could be considered a stand alone film apart from the first one. If Paul Walker didn't star in this, it would probably just be known as a bad rip off of The Fast and the Furious that just happens to have both the words Fast and Furious in the title.

Paul Walker is the only actor to return from the first film. Tyrese Gibson, Eva Mendes, Cole Hauser, and others join the cast list. The acting ranges from sub par to horrible, although most of the blame should be put onto the script. The dialogue is awful and gives one-liners that are just ridiculous. For the guys wondering whether or not there is some more eye candy, there certainly is in both the car and women departments. Enjoy what you're seeing on screen since you won't get anything more than that.

One of the advantages The Fast and the Furious had over other films in the genre is the over-the-top car racing scenes. Each one floors the audience with awesome car maneuvers that don't let up. As mentioned before, 2 Fast 2 Furious tries very hard to be even more intense. This approach simply doesn't work. While there definitely are some crazy car stunts, I didn't feel in the car with the actors quite as much as I did in the previous movie.

Those who didn't like The Fast and the Furious will clearly absolutely despite the sequel. It essentially takes everything that was bad about the first film and amplified those elements, leaving what was good in the dust. The cars are cool, the women are attractive, but what is all of that without the extreme car chases that made the original well known? Whether you enjoyed the previous one or not, stay clear of this one.

My Rating = Two Stars

Next movie: The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
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