Flashy, some fun fast and furious race scenes, campy dialogue shifts lanes from fun to feeble in 0.5 seconds. Paul Walker and Tyrese give relatively strong performances; they're believable, likable and amusing together. As in the first, the plot is rather dodgy. Sometimes you'll laugh with the film, sometimes at it, and sometimes you'll be fumbling for the seatbelt.
Director John Singleton says, "When I saw 'The Fast and the Furious,' I was like, 'Damn, why didn't I think of that?' Growing up in South Central LA, we had street races all the time. We sort of had car shows along Crenshaw Boulevard, people lining up their cars with the snazzy wheel rims and hydraulics. And late at night, they'd race between Crenshaw and Florence, and into Inglewood and around Centinela Park. I referenced it in 'Boyz N the Hood.'"
Here's the studio's synopsis:
F2 is the highly -anticipated follow-up to the Summer 2001 box office sensation about the super-charged world of street racing. Paul Walker returns as former cop Brian O'Conner, who teams up with his ex-con pal Roman Pearce (Tyrese) to transport a shipment of "Dirty" money for shay Miami-based import-export dealer Carter Verone (Cole Hauser), while actually working with undercover agent Monci Clemente (newcomer Eva Mendes) to bring Verone down. Ludacris, James Remar and Devon Aoki are also in the cast of this new high-adrenaline adventure directed by John Singleton (Boyz N the Hood, Baby Boy) and produced by Neal Moritz with a whole new line-up of dazzling high-performance vehicles ready to burn up the screen.