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2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)

PG-13 | | Action, Crime, Thriller | 6 June 2003 (USA)
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Former cop Brian O'Conner is called upon to bust a dangerous criminal and he recruits the help of a former childhood friend and street racer who has a chance to redeem himself.

Director:

John Singleton

Writers:

Gary Scott Thompson (characters), Michael Brandt (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Walker ... Brian O'Conner
Tyrese Gibson ... Roman Pearce (as Tyrese)
Eva Mendes ... Monica Fuentes
Cole Hauser ... Carter Verone
Ludacris ... Tej (as Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges)
Thom Barry ... Agent Bilkins
James Remar ... Agent Markham
Devon Aoki ... Suki
Amaury Nolasco ... Orange Julius
Michael Ealy ... Slap Jack
Jin Au-Yeung ... Jimmy (as Jin Auyeung)
Edward Finlay ... Agent Dunn
Mark Boone Junior ... Detective Whitworth
Mo Gallini ... Enrique (as Matt Gallini)
Roberto 'Sanz' Sanchez ... Roberto
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Storyline

EX LAPD cop Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) teams up with his ex-con friend Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson) and works with undercover U.S. Customs Service agent Monica Fuentes (Eva Mendes) to bring Miami-based drug lord Carter Verone (Cole Hauser) down. Written by slightlymad22

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Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for street racing, violence, language and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The opening street race zooms past the American Airlines Arena, home of the NBA's Miami Heat, located on Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, Florida. See more »

Goofs

When Brian comes out to get in his car for the first race as he opens his car door the neon turns on. The next scene when he starts the car it turns on again. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Tej: Yo, Jimmy, man, give me the status. Tell me we good.
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Crazy Credits

The main ending credits (cast and main crew) are accompanied by a cgi movie featuring the main cars from the film racing through a city at night. See more »

Alternate Versions

On U.S. broadcast versions of the film, the middle finger gestures done by Brian and Roman are replaced with raised fist gestures. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Fosters: Play (2014) See more »

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Ride
Written by Maurice Sinclair
Performed by Maurice Sinclair
Courtesy of StreetMindz Entertainment
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Almost as equally entertaining as the first film

With the help of Paul Walker and Vin Diesel's chemistry and some intense racing scenes, Rob Cohen's The Fast and the Furious (2001) was an instant hit among racing fans. And like most franchises with critical financial success, a sequel started to be put into the works. Similar to many other sequels, it was distributed two years later and it's difficult to say whether it pleased fans as much as the first one did. According to this site, this is lowest score the franchise has. It wasn't bad at all but it was missing a few elements of the first movie, which left a more entertaining feeling.

The story follows ex-cop Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) back to Miami from Los Angeles where he's enjoying his time racing street cars only to be pulled back by the authorities that he dropped. Heading the authorities is Agent Bilkins (Thom Barry) from the first installment and this time he wants O'Conner back one more time to take down a drug lord. And O'Conner can't refuse because he'd go to jail if he didn't accept. Plus, if the drug lord is turned in, all of his criminal charges will disappear. Why does this plot sound like Vin Diesel's xXx (2002) plot line (except it doesn't deal with a drug lord)? Speaking of which, why didn't Vin Diesel return? That's one thing that this franchise consistently needs. Paul Walker is the central character but Vin Diesel's presence was the icing on the cake.

Is was nice though that the writers kept the continuity together. The characters do reference material from the first film which shows the producers want to keep the story going and not divert completely from the original. But if there's one thing that comes into question, it is the concept of getting caught having a love interest in the business. This happened in the first movie and it blew O'Conners cover. Here the same thing happens in a similar way. You'd think the lesson was learned. Sigh. The new interest is Eva Mendes and she plays her character well enough. Accompanying O'Conner is Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson) an old friend who originally has a grudge for some of his own issues. Even with this though, their chemistry works well.

Playing the drug lord is another interesting actor - Cole Hauser. He has a very smooth deep voice and resembles a very young Tom Berenger. He's also able to make his character seem dangerous enough to hurt someone. That's it for characters. The music produced by David Arnold of Stargate (1994) sounded better than BT's score from the first film but it wasn't evident enough. Barely heard a thing. As for action scenes, the racing is still fast paced and contains much of the same film making as the first, which kept the feeling the same. Other than that, the story feels the same as before but without Vin Diesel.

It's not a bad follow up to the first movie, but not casting Vin Diesel wasn't smart - it's like missing a piece to a puzzle. Other than that, it's still a decent watch with better music and well-staged action sequences.


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Official Sites:

Universal [United States]

Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

6 June 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Fast and the Furious 2 See more »

Filming Locations:

Miami, Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$76,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$50,472,480, 8 June 2003

Gross USA:

$127,154,901

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$236,350,661
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Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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