Thursday, June 26, 2008

REVIEW: 2 Fast 2 Furious

2 Fast 2 Furious

Year: 2003
Director: John Singleton
Starring: Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Eva Mendes, Cole Hauser, James Remar
Distributor: Universal Pictures
MPAA: Rated PG-13

After the success of The Fast and the Furious, it was only natural that a sequel was going to get made. The only question that was to be determined was if the sequel was going to be better than the first film. Now typically, you all know that sequels for movies tend to go downhill and end up being worse than the original. Now not all sequels are bad, I'm looking at you Terminator 2 and Spider-Man 2, but most of them are. That brings up this movie, a sequel to one of the most car racing entertainment fest of all time "The Fast and the Furious". The sequel, 2 Fast 2 Furious ended up being another box office hit, grossing over $235 million worldwide for a movie that cost less than $80 million to make. The only problem was, people criticized the movie for its story. Which really isn't a surprise since I knew it wasn't going to be better than the original.

Plot Outline:
Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) has been thrown off the Los Angeles police force, due to his actions from the first movie. He is now spending his free time street racing in Miami for the thrills and the cash. However, that doesn't last as he is arrested by his former boss and says he will clear O'Connor's record if he takes another mission and get the goods on Carter Verone (Cole Hauser), a gangster working with Cuban babe Monica Fuentes (Eva Mendes), who's also an undercover cop. It won't be an easy task and Brian needs help, so he enlists former friend Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson). It is up to Brian and Roman to bring Carter down before its too late.

The story in 2 Fast 2 Furious takes a step back from the original. The movies plot isn't flushed out enough and is filled with some plot holes. I complained in the original saying that the story was pretty good, but had to be more robust. The sequel doesn't even do that and continues the problems the first film had while making more. I was left with unanswered questions when the movie was over. Now I don't mean to act like the movies story wasn't simple because it is. Its just that I didn't find it to be better than the previous film. I mean the story is easy and just about anyone should understand it, but its just not good. On top of that, the movie has some of the cheesiest dialogue I have heard in awhile. Its just terrible and really distracts you from watching the film. Now I did say it was alittle unfair to judge this movie solely on its plot when in fact, its main strong point is its entertainment. Now even though I didn't like the story and thought it was a let down compared to the first film, I did happen to enjoy the car chases.

The cast for the movie is somewhat of a let down because most of the characters from the first film don't return. Paul Walker reprises his role as Brian O'Conner. While I liked him in the first film and thought he suited the film right, I think hes bad in this film. His acting just isn't on par with the first film even though hes more relaxed this time around. Tyrese Gibson plays as Roman Pearce. His character made me laugh a few times here and there, but his acting was just as bad as Walker's. He doesn't convince me that hes really acting. Eva Mendes plays as Monica Fuentes and shes pretty sexy in this film, but even that doesn't help her from the bad acting we get. I just wasn't impressed with her performance here. We also have Cole Hauser playing as Carter Verone and I think he gives an average performance here. Its still bad acting, but alittle more interesting than the others.

This is a great looking film and also demo worthy of a DVD. The films source is in great condition and we hardly get any grain that was present in the first film. Colors are fantastic and very vibrant. Miami looks simply outstanding with its colors just popping out of the screen. The film is much more colorful than its predecessor mostly because almost every scene is shot in daylight, but even at night, the neon's on the cars look nicely done. Skin tones are accurate and have a warm feeling to them. Detail is really strong and it shows. Facial hair and expressions are full of clarity. You can literally see almost everything on any ones face. Textures on everything are much more clean and focused on. The cars all look really good and very clean. You can spot just about anything on them. Their highly detailed and pretty amazing to look at. This is easily a top notch DVD and beats the first film because of the amount of colors used. Props definitely go to Universal for this one.

The soundtrack in the movie is just as effective as the first film. The score is composed by David Arnold who also did Changing Lanes. Now, I didn't really like the score here compared to the one the first film had. I think they should have sticked to the one the previous film had and just re-tune it to suit this film better. That aside, the movie also features other music. These music are mostly comprised of some hip hop and rap songs. They all sound good and go with the movie. Just like The Fast and the Furious, 2 Fast 2 Furious has some of the best bass usage ever. I raved about the bass in the first film and that trend continues here. This movie is just filled with great bass that it rocked my system. I would say its equally great as the first films. The sound department in this film is another winner and another demo worthy DVD.

2 Fast 2 Furious was bound to crash with the director changing and most cast members not returning. The story isn't good and has some plot holes. It just isn't fleshed out more and the cheesy dialogue doesn't help either. The cast all look pretty right for their parts, but that doesn't help the fact that their acting is just bad. I wouldn't consider any of their performances to be memorable. The visual look of the film is simply outstanding and the vibrant colors make it more better than the first film. The soundtrack doesn't really have a good score, but the amount of music mixed in and the bass make up for it. This is easily another demo worthy DVD to show off your system. While the movie wasn't as good as the first film, its still fun and entertaining. I had just as fun and excitement here as I did in The Fast and the Furious. This is mostly recommended to fans of the first film and if you don't care for some mindless street racing.

Grade: C-

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