RETRO-REVIEW: ‘2 Fast 2 Furious’ – The Franchise Gets Shinier!

“Don’t even think about takin’ the convertible”

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You know 2 Fast 2 Furious starts off large when it goes full-meta playing a Ludacris track while he’s introduced as Tej Parker.
But with ICE’d out rides all over the place, shinier paint-jobs and warm filters because “Florida”, the second film continues to set up the franchise for a story far bigger than we had the foresight to see.

Paul Walker returns as Brian O’Conner, the now former Police Officer from The Fast & The Furious. Finding time to participate in Street Racing set up by his friend Tej, he’s thrown back into Undercover work by returning FBI Agent Bilkins (Thom Barry) and U.S Customs Agent Markham. Enlisted to take down drug lord Carter Verone (Cole Hauser), the ‘Feds’ will wipe the slate clean on his record from the first film, should he succeed.
2F2F3Wanting to keep him under their finger, they attempt to partner him up with one of their agents who fails miserably at “car talk” and so Brian gets the chance to team back up with childhood friend, Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson).
Eva Mendes is on-hand as Monica Fuentes, an Undercover agent for U.S Customs who gets Brian and Roman on Verone’s good-side so they can take him down, once and for all.

From here the film takes us on their wild adventure, resolving the fractured relationship between Brian and Roman, building Tej as the money-man, all while Monica and Brian have some crazy chemistry that looks to attempt to remove Mia from Brian’s heart, which the audience wants none of.

2F2F4Continuing the use of car culture, 2 Fast 2 Furious has a certain glow to it. It’s gleam almost representing the countdown to its final days in mainstream popularity, chrome and Neon adorning most vehicles on-screen. Endorsing this world with a wonderful selection of vehicles (with the racing cars selected by Walker personally for the film), it really showed how big the scene had grown during the 2 year break between part 1 and 2.

In some ways this film can be seen as the same story from part 1 played out again, but this isn’t a bad thing. With Gibson’s portrayal of Roman; the mischievous, long-lost brother of Brian’s, and a warmer environment that’s almost playful with its bright colours and smiles, 2 Fast drags you in again to its world of family and speed, dusted ever so lovingly with action.

“And we ain’t hungry no more either, brah.”

No Roman Pearce. We ain’t hungry no more.

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“He did the stare and drive on you, didn’t he? He got that from me.”


 

Up Next: The Fast & The Furious: Tokyo Drift

 

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