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Paul Walker returns as Brian O’Connor, but the undercover cop is now without his badge, having lost it after letting Vin Diesel’s character Dominic Toretto escape at the end of the original film. The rule breaking loner is now in Miami and hooked on speed – that other kind. The Feds, desperate to nail bigtime drug dealer for money laundering using illegal street racers, Carter Verone (Cole Hauser), reluctantly call O’Connor in, who demands to work with his own choice of partner, childhood buddy Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson), an ex-con with handy fast driving skills. It’s a chance for the ex cop and the ex con to clear their respective records. But there’s a woman – again – who could be the undoing of O’Connor, undercover agent Monica (Eva Mendes) who is in Verone’s confidence – and maybe also his bed.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
On its own terms, 2 Fast 2 Furious is an OK sequel, and while losing the freshness and verve of the original, it remains a decent outing for rev heads and certain car enthusiasts. The hot rods here are fire breathing dragons, like the first Fast time, but the script relies more on the buddy theme created to pair Paul Walker with a new partner in Tyrese Gibson, in the absence of Vin Diesel’s Toretto character. 

Walker is more smug and less edgy this time, which lets the tension down a tad, but the wheels action retains its exciting appeal for those with a hankering for speed thrills. Gibson makes a beefy and credible Roman, a mix of thundering testosterone and jiving dude. Cole Hauser is slick as the cool baddie, and Eva Mendes makes Monica more than a moll with a secret, while impossibly alluring as the undercover cop. Still, this is all set in Miami . . . Directed with a solid and comfortable sense for the material, 2 Fast 2 Furious is just what you expect it to be. Or at least, what I expected it to be.

The DVD is as accessorised as are the cars; The Drive is a short piece about the shopping list for the cars and why four replicas are needed of each car, complete with special accessories from tyres and wheels to gauges. The Driving School will not teach you how to drive hot rods: but it taught Paul Walkr.

You can choose Brian’s car or Suki’s car (or of course both, one after the other) for special featurettes, each with enough car driving action to make your throttle foot itch.

The 10-minute Inside feature is a fast behind the scenes piece with short interview grabs; and they can’t help being congratulatory about each other, but look past that and have a ball on the set.

John Singleton adds a commentary that’s a little like him talking to you over a beer about the movie. He talks a lot about wanting to put his own ‘stink on the whole thing’ which explains why the cars are so different and so specifically designer-illustrated. It tends to get a bit explanatory along the lines of “here we see…” but he also talks about why he made his choices, and that’s the interesting stuff. He reveals how he enjoys manipulating his audience to feel a certain way and the things that influenced him – like Japanese anime. He offers a bit of a moviemakingmasterclass. Have a listen.

Published October 23, 2003

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CAST: Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Cole Hauser, Eva Mendes, James Remar, Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges

DIRECTOR: John Singleton

SCRIPT: Michael Brandt & Derek Haas

RUNNING TIME: 103 minutes

PRESENTATION: widescreen; DD 5.1

SPECIAL FEATURES: Commentary by John Singleton; individual spotlights on Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Devon Aoki; Driving School (with each); Inside the Film;


DVD RELEASE: October 22, 2003

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