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         Paul Walker returns as Brian O'Conner for another fast and furious ride in this sequel to The Fast and the Furious.  Missing in action is that movie's main throttle jockey, Vin Diesel, but, surprisingly, he isn't missed much.  While The Fast and the Furious was definitely Diesel's show, this one belongs Tyrese, who turns in a star-making performance as O'Conner's reluctant partner, Roman Pearce.  Either Walker is a generous actor, or he simply has no screen presence.  But, that's not important, is it?  Who cares about acting, anyway?  We don't need that.  We have a different need... the need... for speed!
   
    This time, the locale is sunny Miami, Florida... city of vice and vehicular mayhem. O'Conner, booted off the force for allowing his mark to get away in The Fast and the Furious, gets a chance to clear his name with the law by going undercover to help nab vicious crime boss, Carter Verone.  Oh, and he's going undercover as, you guessed it, a street racer!  What follows is more furious fun with faster cars, faster women, and even fewer plot points than the first film.  If you're looking for anything deeper than that, that's too bad for you! 
   
    Director John Singleton helps keep things moving at a breakneck pace, and does a fantastic job of matching the visual style of the original movie.  The action is virtually non-stop, beginning with a thrilling four-car race, and ending with a stunt sequence worthy of James Bond.  In between, our lead-footed friends burn up the streets while attempting to evade meddling federal agents and Verone's dim-witted goons. 
   
    As far as the rides are concerned, O'Conner starts with his sweet Nissan Skyline, but, along with Roman, soon trades across to a pair of Mitsubishis for his stint with the Feds. Not happy with the wiring in those zippy little imports, they decide that what they really need is some good old American steel.  Can you say Dodge and Chevy?  Yeeeeeehaaaaaaa!  Detroit muscle all the way, baby!
   
    Meanwhile, our villian, Carter Verone, played by Cole Hauser, has a few tricks up his sleeves, including an oldie-but-goodie involving a big rat, a bucket, and a blow-torch.  Hauser brings a subtle air of paranoia to his portrayal of Verone, which contrasts nicely with the brash bravado of our hell-on-wheels heroes.  Hmm, I wonder if Verone's the type who would, say, seek revenge if anything bad were ever to happen to him...
  
    So, if this gets your engine revving, and you're looking for high-speed summer thrills, 2 Fast 2 Furious delivers the goods.  I can't wait for 3 Fast 3 Furious... or whatever!
Directed By:  John Singleton
Written By:  Michael Brandt, Derek Haas
Starring:  Paul Walker, Tyrese, Eva Mendes, Cole Hauser, Ludacris, Thom Barry, James Remar, Devon Aoki
MPAA: Rated PG-13 for street racing, violence, language and some sensuality
2 Fast 2 Furious
A.J.'s Rating: 3 Streetracin' Stars
Review published
June 8, 2003
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