"2 Fast 2 Furious"
PRETTY MUCH a retread of the original formula, this Universal venture has exactly the same intellectual depth of its title. There is no Vin Diesel in this - not that it makes much of a difference. And this won't be a movie you will go for stirring performances or story or content.
This is about cars, fast ones at that, and the adrenalin pumping speed that is manned by hardy guys.
The plot is just an excuse for the action. It could be fun for car race enthusiasts.
But to give the film its due, it has some strong pop rap and metal soundtrack, good-looking cars and loud action sequences.
Brian o Connor (Paul Walker) is a hotshot driver and also an ex cop. Fallen from grace to make that interesting! So now he drives cars in Miami for street racers for money.
After one of those races on the streets, the law catches up with him. And they have a proposition. Go to jail for a dozen races related crimes or help the customs nab a drug peddler, Carter Verone (Cole Hauser) evading them for years.
He does this and he can have his record wiped clean.
Tempting, no doubt. But Brian won't do it their way. He will do it his way by enlisting the help of ex friend (who turns against him when he became a cop) Roman Pearce (Tyrese), who drives fast cars too.
They then go undercover along with Monika Fuentes (Eva Mendes who plays a moll to the drug dealer) and are hired by the drug lord but not before he tests them. Which is another excuse for some daredevil driving.
The director John Singleton draws on the craze for cars to fashion this film.
The women in skimpy clothes gyrating to the hip-hop music enhance the macho theme of killer race sequences.
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