2 Fast 2 Furious

There was a major problem with The Fast and Furious that the film makers should have been taken to trail over – making hundreds of 17 year old Vauxhall Nova, Ford Fiesta and Fiat Punto owners believe that neon under-lights, blue LEDs and a huge spoiler make them into some sort of street racer. So instead of hanging their heads in shame, the film makers decide to churn out a sequel and without their main star.

Brian O’Connor (Paul Walker) is no longer part of the FBI after the shenanigans of the first film. Soon he’s arrested by the Miami authorities for illegal street racing and is ‘encouraged’ to help them by going undercover to investigate crime lord Carter Verone (Cole Hauser).

Soon Brian is undercover with his childhood friend and ex-con Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson) and with the assistance of sexy undercover cop Monica Fuentes (Eva Mendes) they set out to get Verone.

That’s just about it for a plot – it’s a pretty poor one at that. The dire plot is just there to attempt to justify the car chases and crashes. Even then, they are not as spectacular as the first film with a few too many CGI enhancements and ludicrous scenes such as the opening bridge jump. Having said that, the car chases are the only aspect of the film that have any sort of thrill to them and it’s when they stop that the film slows to a kerb-crawling stage which loses the audiences attention.

The performances are mundane to say the least. Paul Walker does the look dumb and pretty thing for the most part. He confirms his two-dimensional acting skills once again as he brings no enthusiasm to the film whatsoever. Replacing Vin Diesel is model/rapper Tyrese Gibson who is just plain annoying trying to be a tough guy and a badass while grinning like a buffoon. Other cast members do not fair much better and like Walker and Gibson are purely in the film just to look good. They include the disturbingly doll-like Devon Aoki and buxom Eva Mendes. The only contradiction to the looking good theory is the wild-haired rapper Ludacris. Even the villainous duties by Cole Hauser are completely wasted and he comes across as a reject from a cheap TV show.

There are too many patches used in the film to try to solidify the weak plot. These include the fact that Roman is mad at O’Conner for joining the police but after a two minute homoerotic tussle in the dirt they make up completely and the fact that people with no discernable income can afford to customise and race úber-expensive motors.

Forgetting the plot holes, crap acting and crappier dialogue the real interest in 2 Fast 2 Furious is in the car chases. As mentioned before they are good in paces with some cool crashes most notable the freeway chase across Miami to get a ‘package’ for Carter.

One the whole 2 Fast 2 Furious is an instantly forgettable action film with a few cool car crashes and not a lot else. The only someone who sells Nissan, Mazda, Mitsubishi or Toyota body parts and customisation gear would really appreciate this film, safe in the knowledge that the aforementioned hordes of 17 year old will come flocking to them afterwards. This is, after all, mindless cinema for the attention impaired.

SCORE 4/10