Here it is folks, the next installment of my Fast and Furious series! I can almost feel the excitement as you read this. This is definitely not the best one in the franchise, but I love some aspects of it. One very important one being that it introduces Ludacris and Tyrese into the franchise. Their one-liners and dynamic are the best.
Kudos to the director for having Tej (aka Ludacris) be the first character that the audience sees in the film, especially with his huge afro. THEN to find out that he and Brian O’Connor (aka love of my life Paul Walker – RIP) already have a mutually respectful relationship? Perfection. For real though, it really helps set up the plot of the film. Plus Suki is just a badass. Then Eva Mendes just appears and what happens? BRIAN GETS CAUGHT. Then blackmailed into helping the feds. Thankfully, Brian has the sense to demand a decent partner, which brings in Roman. And this series would be nowhere without Roman and his bald head.
Their mission? Help the feds bring down a drug trafficker and money launderer. Will they succeed? Depends on Roman keeping his cool and Brian staying focused. Switching coasts really helps the audience get into the mindset that the second installment has a completely different plot than the first. That way, they know they can expect some amazing driving sequences, but different character development and relationships. Plus the scenery is way more gorgeous that LA.
THIS FEDERAL AGENT, THOUGH. HE IS LITERALLY A DOUCHE-BAG THAT IS TRYING TO GET THE GUYS KILLED. Seriously, Agent Markham, get your ego in check and lose the assumptions. Just because Brian and Roman made some questionable life choices doesn’t make them inherently bad people. If you can’t tell, this guy is my least favorite character. Which is saying something because Carter Verone is a real piece of work.
Also, where can I sign up for the Brian O’Connor School of Driving? I would have no problem being teacher’s pet in that class. I’m also 99% sure that Roman loves to take off his shirt, or at least expose his abs, every chance he gets. But I can really relate to him on a spiritual level, because he’s always hungry.
I think my favorite part to this movie is that it focuses on Brian regaining Roman’s trust. He earned and broke the trust of the Torretto family in the first movie, so then to do a complete 180 degrees and have to earn someone’s trust back is a good progression. It’s also the movie where Brian finally realizes that he needs to look out for himself and always have a backup plan.
OH GOD ANTHER TORTURE SCENE. I can’t handle these. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, SOMEONE STOP THIS. Especially when it is a disgusting rat. Yuck. I feel you, Eva Mendes – I would have the same horrified look on my face if I was in your position. Honestly, this is the scene where Brian and Roman need to run for the hills. Luckily for the audience they’re more daring and willing to risk more.
And then all hell breaks loose. I still wonder just how hard it was to accomplish that car scramble. Did it take a lot of takes or did everyone know exactly where they needed to go? How much of it was computer generated? These are the questions that won’t keep me up at night, but I still need the answers to. Alas, I may never find out.
PLOT TWIST. Verone was testing Eva Mendes. FYI I never bother to learn her character’s name. I’m pretty sure they only say it out loud once. No point. To me, she’s just kind of there as eye candy. But then Brian has to play the hero and save a damsel in distress. NO. YOU BELONG WITH MIA. OR ME. Anyway…
What a fun ride we just took together. Keep your eyes peeled for my take on the third film- The Fast and the Furious 3: Tokyo Drift. aka the one that will hopefully make sense when the 7th film comes out.