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2 Fast 2 Furious
|*Also starring: ||Cole Hauser, Eva Mendes, Ludacris, Fabolous, Matt Gallini, James Remar, Devon Aoki, Roberto Sanz, Amaury Nolasco, Eric Etebari||
Review by Susan Granger
1½ stars out of 4
Exactly how much do you love the va-va-vroom of a car's engine? That
kind of soul-searching is pivotal to choosing whether this is your kind of
movie. While "The Fast and the Furious" was a big hit back in 2001, its dynamic
star, Vin Diesel, has left the franchise in the dust for epics like "XXX" and "A
Man Apart." Now it's model/rapper Tyrese Gibson who's revving up for
street-racing with Paul Walker, who once again plays the disgraced LAPD cop.
Written by Michael Brandt, Derek Haas & Gary Scott Thompson and directed
by John Singleton, this story finds the ex-cop Walker looking for redemption by
going undercover in Miami for the FBI with restless, ex-con Gibson as his
thrill-seeking partner. Their mission is to break up a money-laundering cartel
run as an import/export business by sadistic Cole Hauser.
Unlike the original film, however, there's a curious, even disconcerting
undercurrent of homoerotic tension as the buff protagonists grip the phallic
stickshift and writhe in the dirt with their legs entwined. In fact, the camera
lingers just as long on Gibson's well-defined muscles and as it does on the
cleavage of curvaceous Eva Mendes, who plays an undercover customs agent whose
hot pink attire matches her convertible. Which gets to the turbo-charged crux of
the film: the cool candy-colored cars, including a Nissan Skyline GTR,
Mitsubishi EVO 7, 1970 Hemi Dodge Challenger, 1969 Yenko Camaro, 1998 BMW M3,
2003 Dodge Viper, Chevy Corvette, 1994 Toyota Supra, 1994 Mazda RX7, 2001 Honda
S2000 and 1993 Acura NSX. On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, "2 Fast 2
Furious" peels out with a high-octane, low-IQ 4. It's a wild ride recommended
only for chrome-plated adrenaline-junkies.
Copyright © 2003 Susan Granger
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