Fast 2 Furious
The MPAA rated 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)
PG-13 for street racing, violence, language and some sensuality.
Team a bad cop with an ex-con and you have the perfect duo
to fight organized crime in the Florida Keys You also get
a plot thats fast becoming tired.
Working as a cop for the LAPD, Brian OConnor (Paul Walker)
fouled up after only a few months on the job. Now hes
lost his badge and acquired a growing list of charges on his
bio. But the Miami Customs office is willing to give him a
clean slate if he uses his street driving skills to infiltrate
a money laundering operation run by Carter Verone (Cole Hauser).
OConnor chooses Roman Pearce (Tyrese), an old childhood
friend, as his partner for the takedown. Pearce, recently
released from a three-year stint in the slammer, is also looking
for a fresh start off the line. Making contact with undercover
FBI agent Monica Clemente (Eva Mendes), the two men have to
drive like crazy to bring Verone to justice.
While the acting may be weak and the dialogue stilted, the
stunts in the movie are amazing. And there lies the biggest
problem with the film. Unlike the chase scenes through an
ice building in James Bond: Die Another Day or the crowded
streets of Prague in XXX, this film features expensive imports
racing on deserted city streets. For aggressive drivers with
high-speed cars and lots of time on their hands, this kind
of entertainment can be far too easy to recreate in their
In addition to street racing, there are other mimicking concerns
as well. To prove his driving prowess, one character turns
his head to stare at his passenger while hurtling
down the road at excessive speeds. Its a sure way to
impress a date if youre driving on a carefully controlled
movie set. But trying this stunt on the real road is likely
to end in a more fatal finale. However, erratic driving in
highway traffic, dodging police and peppering a squad car
with bullets are just a few examples of the irresponsible
behavior this film lauds. These actions never result in any
reprimands or consequences for the glamorized criminals who
are supposed to be the good guys.
Along with a jumping needle on the RPM gauge, the script
is also stuck with excessive PPMs (profanities per minute),
two extended scenes with crude hand gestures and scantily
clad women that add little more than visual effect in this
male oriented story line.
For viewers turned on by the full-throated roar of a high-powered
motor, there is enough horsepower here to rev their engines.
Unfortunately for impressionable family audiences even the
films disclaimer to "never try this at home"
doesnt put the brakes on the possibility of copying
2 Fast 2 Furious' street stunts and makes it 2 reckless 2