2 FAST 2 FURIOUS

Directed by John Singleton. USA. 2003.


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A spinning matt silver alloy fills the screen, rolling out into a highway packed with street racers. Opposed groups of good looking muscle-stack guys and petite large breasted beautiful women huddle around equally as well formed and presented as the cars. As state of the art sports cars begin screaming their way around the streets of Miami youíve just begun watching 2 Fast 2 Furious. Apparently this movie is so highly anticipated that it needs no introduction.

Itís clear from the outset that 2 Fast 2 Furious is a quick paced, high action movie, enhanced with cine-graphics. Itís also frighteningly obvious that this movie is identical to itís prequel The Fast and The Furious, delving little further than the wonders of itís superficial looks.

Brian OíConnor (Paul Walker) returns as good cop turned bad. Now an active participant in street race hustling with Taj, US hip hop artist Ludacris. Teaming up with Roman Pearce (US soul singer and international model Tyrese), 2 Fast 2 Furious begins an uncannily familiar plot.

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Baby blue eyes, OíConnor and the muscle of the movie, Pearce (Vin Diesel declined to star in this 'much awaitedí sequel) reluctantly work together, racing across the Miami freeways in order to outwit a murdering drug dealer and in return have their criminal records cleared. 

There are literally only a couple of elements in the story (I loath to call it a plot!) that could not be foreseen from the start; namely a cunning car scrabble towards the end of the movie. The finale to a funny and sometimes tense pursuit - the movies' Ďplotí highlight! However, overall this movie is predictable with its compulsory love interests, friendly feuds and Scooby Doo style bad guys. Not to mention an embarrassing rehash of its predecessor. 

2 Fast 2 Furious. All Rights Reserved.Itís difficult at times to know if elements of this movie are comical because Singleton & Co intended viewers to find them humorous, or whether it is because they are so ridiculously acted out and placed in the movie.  This confusion may also occur as there is very little character development. Even co-star of the movie, Rome, is not evolved any further than the facts required for us to accept that his presence is essential in this particular situation. Obviously as modern moviegoers we would be confused with by some character development! Even potentially excellent characters such as bad guy Carter Verone (Cole Hauser) are given little more than basic antagonistic type roles. Itís the 3:7 balance between the development of plot and characters, and the amount of screen time given to effects, which makes 2 Fast 2 Furious a moving picture comic - ideal for 12 year olds.

Leaving few memorable moments in mind which relate to the actual plot,  2 Fast 2 Furious makes an excellent advertorial. Even after immediately leaving the cinema, purely superficial visuals are left in mind; the turbo speed Mitsubishi, Toyota and Honda racing cars (to name a few!) and the model type good looking actors, but not the movie itself. 

Generally the plot is the purpose and lure toward a movie. So itís a miracle that The Fast and The Furious was the mediocre success it was in 2001, probably due to being the first of itís kind. However any proceeding movies which use a plot purely as linkage to a montage of cars and posers driving them, cannot continue to be a success and satisfy itís viewers. 

If you want a movie for your eyes to flicker at the screen then check it out! It is very fast, but youíll be furious if you pay to see this at the cinema!

Donna Goodwin
 
 
 
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