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2 Fast 2 Furious /


Rated: PG-13

Starring: Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Eva Mendes, Tyrese, Cole Hauser
Directed by: John Singleton
Produced by: Neal H Moritz
Written by: Michael Brandt, Derek Haas
Distributor: Universal Pictures


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     Cars soar down the freeway at skyrocketing speeds, wrecking and ravishing everything in sight. No one on the road stops, they just keep driving, as they would if nothing was happening. Gullible teenage boys watch with excitement, and buy into every single bit of it. Their voices echo in the theatre, “whoa!”, “yes!”, “dudes!” It’s priceless. When I laugh at a few of the stunts, they’ll look back in their chairs, and stare at me like I’m some kind of psychopath. 2 Fast 2 Furious is charming for this reason, alone. Lower your expectations and throw away your intelligence for a breezy hour and forty five minutes, and enjoy this popcorn fun. I was a fan of the first Fast and the Furious movie, and I must say, this one is just as enjoyable, if not more. This is a guilty pleasure for most of us, and if you haven’t guessed by now, I’m very guilty.


     Okay, maybe watching cars zoom down streets at super-speeds while the drivers goof around and act like they’re the coolest people on the planet, is one of the stupidest and most preposterous things I’ve ever seen in my entire life. But John Singleton’s 2 Fast 2 Furious was so entertaining, watching it was often more fun than viewing some of the most momentous achievements in film. I don’t feel lowly of myself for liking this flick, because it’s truly one of the most enjoyable pictures to hit multiplexes all year. So what if it’s stupid? So what if it’s dumb? So what if it’s shameless? 2 Fast 2 Furious is exactly what the cheesy and corny tagline describes it as—2Cool. I will throw this next sentence at you, as if it made sense—this is a blatantly masterful film…and, to tell you the truth, I like it exactly how it is.


     The stars are, just as everything else; overbearingly stupid, but charismatically striking. Paul Walker, star of The Fast and the Furious, is back for a second helping. If I was to grade Walker’s performance, based on actual talent, I would call it one of the worst of the year. But, he’s so likeable in his role, that we are able to put aside the fact that he is a bad actor, and let his character amuse us with crazy stunts and cheesy one-liners. Walker’s co-star, Tyrese, is also very entertaining to watch, and has a great presence that fills the screen well. Tyrese is establishing himself as an actor, and unlike Walker, does not deliver a bad performance from a critical standpoint, at all. Also starring in 2 Fast 2 Furious is Eva Mendes, who is both solid in her role and very sexy, as well. Mendes is the strong-suit of the film, and even though her character is not believable in the least bit, she makes the audience believe in her. Missing from the cast is Vin Diesel, who was in the first film—and surprisingly, this one doesn’t feel empty without him. Diesel usually helps this type of flick, and is very skilled at acting in action movies, but 2 Fast 2 Furious is slick enough to survive on its own.


     The visuals are excellent, and contain tremendously fitting special effects. The lighting and tones director Singleton uses are dazzling eye candy in the purest of forms; something 2 Fast 2 Furious couldn’t survive without. I’m scared to admit that this film actually impressed me at times, but I’m not going to lie to you. With the grim year were having right now in film, this one’s one of the best movies I’ve seen in awhile. If you leave your brain at the door and let your self-pride relinquish during the trailers, you’ll enjoy 2 Fast 2 Furious. It’s, really, a knockout.


     After viewing this movie, I felt great; plain and simple. This is the kind of delectable material that, no matter how stupid it is, it will always entertain. When we watch 2 Fast 2 Furious, we are incredibly indulged. What more could you ask in a movie? Nothing. By me, this is a great one. People just need to let themselves go, and get caught up in the fast speeds of the crazy drivers—then and only then will they enjoy this campy picture.


-Danny, Bucket Reviews


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