The Fast and the Furious franchise hit a speed bump with the appropriately titled 2 Fast 2 Furious sequel. With a plot that seemed almost hilariously plastered together, it’s little wonder that the franchise even survived past the sequel. The characters, save for O’Connor (Paul Walker), Tej (Ludacris), and Roman (Tyrese Gibson) were forgettable. The plot was forgettable and did nothing to advance the characters save near the end when Roman and Brian find themselves getting away with no criminal records and thousands of dollars of stolen money.
Basically, the plot is this, after losing his job as a police officer in LA, Brian relocates to Miami where he participates in illegal street racing to make money. The races are run by a close friend of Brian’s, Tej. After Brian wins the race, US Customs agent Monica Fuentes (Eva Mendes) spies Brian, and Brian becomes interested but is soon caught by the police and his former boss Bilkins (Thom Barry). Bilkins recruits Brian to be a driver for a drug lord Carter Verone (Cole Hauser) to help take him down. Turns out Fuentes is undercover and has been for a year. Brian tells Bilkins he’ll only do it if he can choose his partner. Roman Pearce enters the picture and it’s clear he’s a hotshot and a wild card but between the two of them, they infiltrate Verone’s compound and get out again with clean records and money to start their lives anew.
As always, Walker provides the needed meat of the acting in this film. While Gibson as Roman is the clear comedic relief of 2 Fast 2 Furious, the film needed something more to keep it grounded. Granted, I will admit that with this storyline, Universal has begun to shift the story to a more espionage type of story for the team, but, on the whole, I simply felt that something was lacking in this film. Maybe it was the lack of Vin Diesel offering us his brilliantly nuanced turn as Dom Toretto that made the film seem like a poor follow-up to the mega-hit The Fast and the Furious. Maybe it was the poor acting from Hauser as Verone? Either way, everything simply felt like a failure.
The only bright part of the film was, as I said, Gibson as Roman. Walker is always great, that much is a given but with the introduction of Roman, the audience gets a glimpse at one of the characters that will be important to later installments. Honestly, that’s the only other thing that helped me get through 2 Fast 2 Furious. The knowledge that this is Roman’s origin story with Brian was good enough for me to endure. (Can you tell I’ve seen at least one of the later films before this?) Roman is probably my favorite character in the franchise next to Mia and Dom so seeing him in his first outing was exciting.
Overall, if I’m being honest, just skip this film. Unless Roman is your favorite character like he is for me. Otherwise, you’ll be extremely disappointed as the story is lackluster and, in my opinion, a bit pointless.
Shelby started writing at the age of 13 and has been hooked ever since. She's currently going to school at ATU for Creative Writing and English with a minor in Film Studies. She hopes to one day be a professor of film, a film critic, and a screenwriter. (Can you tell she likes the movies?)
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