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2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)

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36

Average Rating: 4.8/10
Reviews Counted: 157
Fresh: 56 | Rotten: 101

Beautiful people and beautiful cars in a movie that won't tax the brain cells.

38

Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 37
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 23

Beautiful people and beautiful cars in a movie that won't tax the brain cells.

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Vin Diesel opted to not appear in the sequel to the film the shot him to stardom in the first place, The Fast and the Furious. With the character of Dominic Toretto out of the picture, 2 Fast 2 Furious concentrates exclusively on the latest exploits of undercover agent Brian O'Connor, played by Paul Walker. In addition, with director Rob Cohen passing, producers have added a dash of credibility to the sequel by hiring John Singleton to helm. What does completely remain from the first film is the

Sep 30, 2003

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The vehicular action in 2 Fast is profoundly low-tech, and engagingly brawny.

June 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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Director John Singleton once promised greatness with Boyz N the Hood. Here he's going through the paces with a story that was old by the second season of Miami Vice.

June 9, 2003 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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Walker and Tyrese go for a no-frills style, giving the antiheroic protagonists solid emotional underpinnings before all the fancy driving gets started.

June 9, 2003
Hollywood Reporter
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It's a terrible movie, stuck in plot idiocies and big, noisy set pieces like a tire mired in mud.

June 7, 2003 Full Review Source: Salon.com | Comments (2)
Salon.com
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This John Singleton-directed sequel provides a breezy enough joyride,but it lacks the unassuming freshness of the economy-priced original.

June 6, 2003 Full Review Source: Variety
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Just another retread.

June 6, 2003 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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It's a pretty bold move to make a film for groups of young males about the latent sexual nature of the relationships in such groups - and this alone made 2 Fast, 2 Furious an unexpectedly hilarious treat.

June 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Info
Daily Info

Death by sequel. Extremely violent sequel.

August 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

The philosophy here is when you can't make high art, make high trash.

May 12, 2009 Full Review Source: DVD Review
DVD Review

...ultimately doesn't fare as well as its mediocre predecessor...

July 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

I'd go so far as to say that if you really liked this film, you have a career working in fast food to look forward to. Get it? Fast food?

May 26, 2004 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
Oz
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... it provides enough sexy rides, blacktop fury, screeching hairpin turns and crashes to keep the celluloid humming ...

February 3, 2004 Full Review
Atlantic City Weekly

This is not a movie about people. It's about cars going very, very fast.

January 4, 2004 Full Review | Comment (1)

It's all curiously rote, though: The cars go really fast, and then, for a change, they go really, really fast.

September 6, 2003
Las Vegas Weekly

Just because you give an old car a new paint job doesn't mean it runs better.

August 21, 2003 Full Review
Kansas City Star

Whatever charms the first one had, the sequel badly misses the Diesel-injection.

July 25, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

Surprisingly better minus the original director and star, this sequel to the 2001 sleeper hit should have no problem speeding its way to box office gold

July 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Peterborough This Week

The film relies on kinetic energy as its entertainment hook. There is plenty of action, no doubt, but hardly any of it inventive.

July 16, 2003 Full Review
Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)

The movie is not going to bring many new fans to the following, but hey -- it gots colour, speed and sparks.

July 6, 2003

2 Fast 2 Furious takes it for granted that the audience is comprised of morons. And maybe we are-all those bad video games have gone to our head

June 27, 2003 Full Review Source: ToxicUniverse.com
ToxicUniverse.com

2 Fast 2 Furious does a better job of revving up its B-movie engines than its predecessor.

June 24, 2003 Full Review

It's not that Paul Walker doesn't have the looks and the conviction; it's just that what he has isn't enough to boost this picture out of the pits and engage the emotional gears. All in all, 2 little 2 make noise about.

June 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

Its engines-without-attitude approach isn't just boring, it establishes Singleton as the anti-Walter Hill.

June 17, 2003 Full Review

2 Fast 2 Furious not 2 bad

June 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

If you feel the need for speed in John Singleton's sluggish sequel to The Fast and the Furious then remember: just say no.

June 14, 2003 Full Review Source: BBC

If the souped up, day-glo cars could have driven themselves, the movie could easily have done without the actors.

June 14, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Threat
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December 1, 2013
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2 much bling 2 much ka-ching! the hyper neon lit sequel bursts onto your screen dripping in so much hip hop/rap culture you'd think they were trying to tell us something. Seriously this film is uber ridiculous, its like a toy commercial, a comic book, its the 'Batman and Robin' and 'Batman Forever' of the car chase genre. I was looking to see if Joel Schumacher had a hand in this eye sore.

The initial street racer sequence is the prime example of how utterly cheap and tacky this film is. Each racer is colour coordinated to their car, in other words one female driver is dressed head to toe in shocking pink (cos she's a girl you see). Her Honda 2000 is also customised completely in pink, her 'pit crew' are all dressed in slutty pink attire (I quite liked that), the cars interior is completely pink and even the exhaust flames when the car accelerates are pink...really? come on this has to be a Schumacher job.

So each driver is colour coordinated, one is all pink, one is all gold, one is all red but Walker lets the side down in his t-shirt and jeans. Everything about this film is all about street cred and bling, its god awful. The people in the street racing scenes consist of skimpily clad females (more so than the first film!) and bros with afros in baggy pants, it really is a complete stereotypical nightmare...in neon.

The plot seems to be exactly the same as the first film too, Walker must again go undercover and infiltrate a drug dealers setup to bring him down. This time he isn't a cop but he still thinks he's Keanu Reeves and his speech pattern has become wildly street wise, lots of 'bros' and 'cus' with lots of hip hop handshakes.

The problem with this film aside from the horrendous visuals and acting is the fact its pointless. There aren't really any street racing sequences bar one, even that is stupid because the film gives the impression a Mitsubishi EVO would struggle against a Camaro. Look US 'muscle cars' can't beat Jap super saloons people!! US cars are bricks with V8/6 engines that go nowhere. There aren't really any outstanding stunts and what there is is CGI or greenscreen enhanced, and that includes the small racing sequences. Also the chase sequence at the finale is hilarious because its very clear the cars are all travelling very slowly. I know they can't really go at 120MPH+ the whole time but its so obvious! crawling along the highway with a bunch of cop cars right on there bumper lol! yeah right that's thrilling.

The finale is dull, the characters are dreadful, its chock full of hip hop tracks...in short its an absolute babyish mess that appears to be catering for one specific audience...oh did I mention its all in neon. The Miami setting is perfect for this camp looking mess in all honesty, I've never seen so much brightly coloured crap, and I hate how Walkers Skyline is full of blue neon ugh. Its a crime what they have done to some of those cars, hideous. Just label this under Grand Theft Auto: Bling Heist.
September 12, 2013
phubbs1

Super Reviewer

Since the first one was absolutely breathtakingly adrenaline pumping explosive car racing action packed, I had forgotten completely about 2 fast 2 furious 10 minutes later. But it is actually very well made. I could easily say that this film is amazing is it was made first, but that is not the case and there are the few loved characters from the original that have gone missing in this instalment, but putting that aside, I think it's safe to call this movie awesome! 2 Fast 2 Furious focusses on Brian O'Connor, the now ex-cop, who is working with the authorities, using his talents, along with his best childhood friend (Tyrese Gibson). Brian O'Connor must redeem himself in order to retrieve his badge again. This instalment in the "Fast and Furious" franchise is not the best, but it is a lot of fun!!!
May 24, 2013
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Inferior to its predecessor in every way, 2 Fast 2 Furious is the result of a lead actor refusing to sign on for a sequel, leaving the producers to recast, come up with an entirely new story, and loosely relate it back to the original so they can market it under the same name. Paul Walker does return as Brian O' Connor, only now he's moved to Florida and is no longer a cop. He's still into street racing, making new friends along the way. Then the FBI rehires him and his friend, Roman (played by Tyrese) to go undercover and help bring down Carter Verone (Cole Hauser), a notorious criminal who is dumb enough not to realize that most of the people around him are undercover agents.
The racing sequences are as cool as you would expect them to be, and the plot follows a generally successful formula. It's just that this whole film feels more like a knock off of The Fast and the Furious than a sequel. It doesn't expand the story because all the characters are new. Director John SIngleton seems to be simply cashing in on the paycheck as he offers no grace or visual flair to the film. Eva Mendes is no Michelle Rodriguez, mainly because she can't act. Tyrese holds his own, but he doesn't have Vin Diesel's screen presence. The only significant thing about 2 Fast 2 Furious is that it reminds you how much better its predecessor is with respect to story, characters, and action.
May 19, 2013
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