OConnor agrees to help on one condition he gets to pick his partner. Brian chooses Roman Pearce, a childhood friend and driving buddy who is now an ex-con. The only trick is getting Pearce to agree as well. He blames OConnor for getting him sent to jail in the first place. However, he agrees to help. The two must reconcile and use all their street smarts and driving skills to bust Verone. Theyll also need some help from their other racing buddies to stay alive.
2 Fast 2 Furious is rated PG-13 for street racing, violence, language and some sensuality.
A big part of what makes this movie fresh is the addition of Tyrese as Roman Pierce. He takes the place of Vin Diesel and does a fine job. Hes as tough and as cool as Diesel, yet he has a bit more life in him and comes across as a bit more intelligent. It also helps that Tyrese is a better actor. He can play the character as mean and intimidating and then switch to comedic and funny a heartbeat later. He teams perfectly with Paul Walker. The two act just like brothers. They fight with each other, joke with each other, and look out for each other just like siblings. Their exchanges keep the movie moving along and entertaining.
The rest of the cast doesnt do a whole lot, but they do an adequate job of playing their parts. Eva Mendes looks like the Latina Cindy Crawford as Monica Clemente. Shes mainly eye candy, but she is tough in a couple of scenes. I think more could have been done with her character, but they do a good job of surrounding her with mystery. Is she one of the good guys or bad guys? Thom Barry also returns as Agent Bilkins. Hes a bit more likable in this role. Hes not quite the blowhard he was in the first go round.
As you would expect, this movie has some great car chases. More importantly, there are some cool car crashes. There are four main chase sequences in the film. The grand finale rivals The Blue Brothers and Cannonball Run for the sheer number of police cars destroyed. If youre coming to this movie to see fast cars, you should be satisfied.
What Didnt Work:
The main racing scene at the beginning also seemed a bit overdone. With the blaring rap music, guys acting tough, and women in tight clothes, it almost seemed like a movie cliché. If you took the scene out of context, you wouldnt know if you were watching Biker Boyz, The Fast And The Furious, or any of the other racing movie clones out there. Fortunately, they drop this early and move on. In fact, the scenes without the racing are some of the most entertaining in the movie.
The Bottom Line: