648. 2 Fast 2 Furious

648-2-fast-2-furiousBackground info

Title: 2 Fast 2 Furious
Director: John Singleton
Year: 2003
Run time: 1hr 47m

“The adrenaline-fueled thrill ride that began with The Fast and the Furious takes an explosive new turn in 2 Fast 2 Furious! It’s the nitro-fueled answer to the question: how fast do you like it? Now an ex-cop on the run, Brian O’Connor (Paul Walker) hooks into outlaw street-racing. When the Feds strong-arm him back, O’Connor’s no rules, win-or-die skills are unleashed against an international drug lord. With his velocity-addicted buddy (Tyrese) riding shotgun, and a drop-dead-gorgeous undercover agent (Eva Mendes) dialing up the heat, 2 Fast 2 Furious accelerates the action into a desperate race for survival, justice… and mind-blowing, jaw-dropping speed!”

Live blog

0:37 – They ruined the Universal ident! It’s the best thing ever.
3:46 – It’s like a riff-off but with car boot speakers.
4:48 – His car spits smoke. It’s like a dragon!
9:18 – I was hating on the pink car but it spits pink fire and now I love it.
12:39 – Genuine leapfrogging. That’s amazing.
15:56 – Oh my, the electric targeting thing from Need for Speed. I didn’t realise it was a real thing!
21:50 – He really doesn’t make a lot of friends.
25:46 – The purple convertible, I could have one of those. First car of the two films I’ve liked so far.
31:52 – Christ, that truck crash was the best advertisement to drive safe ever.
37:25 – Cigars are weird.
40:11 – “It means, you always getting in trouble over a female, Brian.” True!
44:36 – Setting fire to the windscreen is some kind of sneaky.
50:16 – “You engine ain’t as big as your mouth.”
54:16 – This street racing malarkey doesn’t have cameras for a photo finish though. What if there’s contention?
1:01:27 – Who comes up with these mad torture devices? Just punch him for goodness sake.
1:03:45 – “That was a damn rat, man.”
1:20:52 – Argh, pile up of local police.
1:28:11 – That was quite a lot of fun.
1:37:31 – “Let’s get out of here.” How?? They’re in a car on a boat.

Conclusions

I can see why Vin didn’t want to come back for this one, apparently his reasoning being they just “drum up a new story unrelated for the most part, and slap the same name on it.” Which is exactly what this one was, but with only one returning character. This had all the good stuff of the first, cars, music and insane driving through traffic, but also more story.

The only issue with it, really, is they seemed to try to shoe-horn in some backstory for Brian. Almost as if they realised he acted way out of character for an ACTUAL POLICEMAN in the first film and now he needed a reason for it.

I still enjoyed it, almost as much as the first, it’s just a shame that the main characters weren’t around for the second outing.

Rating: 3/5.

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