2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)

This was the last Fast and Furious film I watched, at number two in the eight (?)-part series. There were more to come, but I didn’t bother to see them.

With the western genre practically dead and buried a hybrid of its kind resurfaced for contemporary, mostly young, audiences in the guise of fast cars for trusted horses and street criminals for outback outlaws.

There’s street racing, violence, language and some sensuality, as the censor’s notes inform us.

Some public commentary about street car racing making an anti-social impression on the impressionable audience of mainly youth (perhaps echoes of The Wild One, the biker film that caused an uproar in the 1950’s) went unheeded. Anti-social?

The Fast and Furious franchise may or may not do for racing cars what Top Gun did for aircraft, where in the latter’s case young men joined the air force, but I for one don’t get it. You won’t see me out driving in a racing car meeting because of this film or flying like Maverick from Top Gun because of watching this film. I want to get from a to b in good condition.

However, despite its glorified hyper-kinesis, it still may be supportive of criminal diversion particularly with a director, John Singleton, who has a track record of social conscience movies: Boyz in the Hood, Poetic Justice, Higher Learning and Rosewood. Maybe that’s going too far.  It appears, though, the conscience in social is not all too strong here.

This review simply tells you – in a manner of words – if I liked it or not. I think you’ll get the gist. No matter what way you look at it, though, it’s not a great film, obviously.

It’s may be car enthusiasts who like to watch cars for a thrill. I’m not a car enthusiast, but I like a decent story. The story in this wish-fulfilment fantasy plays second fiddle to the style. I like style too, but not like this. It’s the stars and the need for speed that counts here, but it’s all kind of on the backburner. Diehard racers, admirers of the culture, and race car enthusiasts will be happy and satisfied with seeing the latest car model strut its stuff, though.


2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) Starring: Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Eva Mendes, Cole Hauser, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges. Director: John Singleton.


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