No longer a cop, Brian O'Conner (Walker) makes his living in Miami's street racing community. After the opening racing sequence (the entire movie is structured around several elaborate racing sequences, during which a great deal of gear-shifting and CGI enhancement occurs), Brian gets nixed by the cops. They give him a choice: Go to prison or go undercover to sting a drug lord called Verone (Cole Hauser, "Pitch Black") who's looking for drivers to move his money. Reluctantly, and with a delivery that makes one wonder why Keanu Reeves is considered a bad actor, Brian agrees--if he can pick his own wing man. He chooses Roman (Tyrese of "Baby Boy"), a childhood friend with "wheel skills." The rest of the plot is fuzzy; suffice it to say it involves a great deal of driving--very fast. And, while driving fast, the characters in "2 Fast 2 Furious" tend to talk to themselves--aloud. This is not only juvenile writing, it's irritating. Nevertheless, director John Singleton (who began is career with the notable "Boyz in the Hood" and now makes movies like this and "Shaft") seems to have finally found his niche: meaningless movies full of girls in tiny outfits and boys in tiny cars. Of course, after "Shaft," this may be considered a step up. Starring Paul Walker, Tyrese, Eva Mendes, Cole Hauser, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Thom Barry and James Remar. Directed by John Singleton. Written by Michael Brandt & Derek Haas. Produced by Neal H. Moritz. A Universal release. Action/Thriller/Drama. Rated PG-13 for street racing, violence, language and some sensuality. Running time: 100 min
2 Fast 2 Furious
The original "Fast and the Furious," starring Paul Walker (who reprises his role for the sequel) and Vin Diesel, was something of a phenomenon. Its combination of a sexy, souped-up cast and a lot of sexy, souped-up little Japanese cars was exhilarating--at least to its target audience. Which, as it turns out, doesn't require things like good acting or a coherent plot to thoroughly enjoy a movie. Which means they should enjoy "2 Fast 2 Furious" just as thoroughly.