2 Fast 2 Furious

2003 | dir: John Singleton | 107 m

What 2 Fast 2 Furious lacks in story, plot, and character, it nearly makes up for with swagger. 2 Fast 2 Furious marks the low point in The Fast and the Furious saga, which isn't to say that it's not without its certain charm. It's a fun ride, even if it doesn't nearly reach the heights of the first movie, and it doesn't quite fit with the later evolution of the series when it truly came into its own as an ongoing story of mercenary spies / borderline superheroes on globe-trotting adventures to save the world and protect their "family." 2 Fast 2 Furious does, however, add several important elements to The Fast and the Furious lore, including Tyrese Gibson as Roman Pearce and Chris "Ludacris" Bridges as Tej, who would become series regulars, and Eva Mendes as Agent Monica Fuentes, who would also show up for a cameo in a later entry. There's just a hint of some of the technological ridiculousness that would be fully embraced by later movies in the franchise with the "electric darts" the police use to disable the electronics of speeding vehicles. (Or maybe this is real tech, and I'm neither fast nor furious enough to have ever been worth the effort from local law enforcement.) 2 Fast 2 Furious also began the grand tradition of increasingly confusing and nonsensical titles for movies in the series. Though I suppose, at least, nobody could accuse them of being boring.

Also of note, 2 Fast 2 Furious is the only one of The Fast and the Furious films not to feature Vin Diesel in his iconic role as Domenic Toretto. He has appeared in every other movie in the main series, even if just squeaking in a cameo for the third entry in the series, The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift, which was a fortuitous bargain for Riddick fans, as it allowed Diesel to secure the rights to the Riddick character and franchise paving the way for the eventual production of the third film in that series, Riddick, released in 2013.

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