2 Fast 2 Furious
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|2 Fast 2 Furious|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||John Singleton|
|Produced by||Neal H. Moritz|
|Music by||David Arnold|
|Cinematography||Matthew F. Leonetti|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Running time||107 minutes|
2 Fast 2 Furious is a 2003 American street racing action film directed by John Singleton. It is the second installment of The Fast and the Furious franchise. Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) teams up with his ex-con friend Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson) and works with undercover U.S. Customs Service agent Monica Fuentes (Eva Mendes) to bring Miami-based drug lord Carter Verone (Cole Hauser) down.
Turbo Charged Prelude
After allowing fugitive Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) to evade arrest, former LAPD officer Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) finds himself on the run from the force and the FBI and leaves Los Angeles to start a new life, using a red 2001 Mitsubishi 3000GT. He travels through the U.S, drag racing against the locals and winning large amounts of money. However, the FBI issues a country-wide manhunt against Brian and one day, the police locate him and repossess his car, forcing him to leave on foot. A girl picks him up after he hitchhikes a ride, and she drops him off at the local car lot, where he buys a rusty sea blue 1999 Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 with the money he won, and he tunes it up and paints it silver. After several races won, he decides to go to Miami, where he settles.
While in Miami, he makes new friends with Tej Parker (Ludacris), an ex-street racer and organizer who leads a top racing garage and is the man-to-know in Miami, and Jimmy (Jin Auyeung), a well-known car tuner who works with Tej, as well as Suki (Devon Aoki), also a street racer, and now lives in a small cot near Tej's garage. Brian has now modified his Skyline to top grade, also having added details and under glow lights to give it a stunning look. After taking his Skyline to the streets of Miami and winning in races organized by Tej, he establishes a name for himself as one of top Miami's drivers and earns the nickname Bullitt.
One night in Miami, Tej is organizing a local street racing gathering, involving Suki, Orange Julius (Amaury Nolasco) and Slap Jack (Michael Ealy). However, Tej is lacking a fourth driver for the race. After the three racers are unable to agree which one will be the fourth driver, Tej makes a deal with them that he will get a fourth driver by his choice, no matter who it is. He calls Brian and asks him to arrive, who accepts. Brian's arrival and presence, due to his high reputation, earns fury with other racers for his reputation, and a cheer from the crowd. The drivers each make a $3,500 bet for the race, with the winner earning $14,000 total.
As the race starts, from the beginning, Slap Jack is in the lead with Brian right behind him, with Julius on the third spot and Suki following him. As the race progresses, Suki passes Julius and they reach the final stretch, and Slap Jack fires nitrous to enter the lead. However, Tej orders Jimmy to extend a bridge in front of them. Slap Jacks fires nitrous again, but Brian fires both bottles, passing right on the jump in front of him. Brian takes the lead, and Slap Jack's brakes burn from the blast and he crashes into an ad sign. Suki also passes the bridge but destroys her front bumper, and Julius stops before the bridge. Brian wins the race and receives the prize, although he gives a few thousand to Tej as a sign of gratitude. However, the police arrives at the scene, forcing all of the racers to flee.
While running away from the scene, Brian is caught by U.S. Customs Service agents after his car is disabled by the grappling hook-like ESD (Electronic Disruption Device) deployed by U.S. Customs Service Agent Markham (James Remar). While in custody, his former boss, F.B.I. Agent Bilkins (Thom Barry), who is helping with the case, makes a deal with him: should he take part in a joint F.B.I.-Customs Service mission to bring down Carter Verone (Cole Hauser) a ruthless Argentine drug lord, his criminal record will be wiped clean. Brian accepts on the condition that he can choose a co-driver.
Brian and Bilkins then travel to Barstow, California, where he persuades his childhood juvenile friend and ex-convict Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson), now a derby racer to make a living, to help him, in return for his record being cleaned and his house arrest to be depleted. Their mission involves working undercover as street racers for Verone, with help from Monica Fuentes (Eva Mendes), an undercover U.S. Customs Service agent who Brian takes a liking to. Pearce and Brian win an "audition" race and are selected for Verone's job, a money laundering run.
Once Brian and Pearce embark on the mission with Verone's money in their cars' trunks, and two of Verone's henchmen riding along, police are called in. Brian and Pearce lead the police to a warehouse complex, which the police surround. Tej, Jimmy, and Suki, and many other street racers, create a diversion that allows Brian and Pearce to sneak away in different cars and continue their mission, only to show the henchmen that they were not with the police. Verone tries to escape aboard his yacht with Monica, informing her that he knew she was an undercover U.S. Customs Service agent. Brian and Pearce get rid of Verone's henchmen, rescue Monica by launching his car and stop the yacht, the fight breaks Pearce's arm in the process. Verone is arrested and the duffle bags carrying his drug money are recovered, save for an undisclosed amount having been taken by Brian and Pearce.
- Paul Walker as Brian O'Conner, a former Los Angeles Police Department detective who ends up a fugitive after letting Dominic Toretto escape in the previous film who has now settled in Miami, Florida.
- Tyrese Gibson as Roman Pearce, Brian's childhood friend who is on home confinement after serving time in prison and is still upset at Brian.
- Eva Mendes as Monica Fuentes, a U.S. Customs Service agent working undercover as Carter Verone's aide.
- Cole Hauser as Carter Verone, a ruthless Argentine drug lord whose organization the U.S. Customs Service sent Monica and later Brian and Roman to infiltrate.
- Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges as Tej Parker, an ex-street racer, a race host and a friend of Brian's. He arranges high stakes street racing events in which Brian often races and wins.
- Devon Aoki as Suki, a friend of Brian, Tej and Jimmy. She is the only named female racer in the film and her crew is made up entirely of women. She drives a pink custom Honda S2000.
- James Remar as Markham, a U.S. Customs Service agent in charge of the operation against Verone and Monica's superior.
- Thom Barry as Bilkins, who Brian first met during his undercover work in the first film, who has come to Miami to oversee the situation. As before, he holds a grudging respect for Brian's driving and street racing skills.
- Amaury Nolasco as Orange Julius, one of the street racers from the beginning of the film. He drives a red-orange Mazda RX-7. He is amongst the street racers who escape from the warehouse scramble. His name is not to be confused with DQ's joint restaurant Orange Julius.
- Michael Ealy as Slap Jack, one of the street racers from the beginning of the film. He drives a bronze Toyota Supra 2JZ. Although he crashed his car, he restored it and we see him amongst the scramble of street racers who escape from the warehouse.
- Jin Auyeung as Jimmy, a mechanic who works for Tej and is a close friend of Brian.
- Mark Boone, Jr. as Whitworth, a corrupt Miami Police Department detective who is forced by Verone to give Roman and Brian a window to deliver his package.
- Mo Gallini as Enrique, Verone's bald henchman. Roman saves Brian from Enrique and beats him up.
- Roberto Sanchez as Roberto, Verone's henchman and Enrique's partner. Who gets thrown out of Roman's car by an ejector seat.
- Eric Etebari as Darden, Korpi's friend who drives an orange 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T. He loses his car to Brian and Roman.
- John Cenatiempo as Korpi, a street racer who drives a blue 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Yenko S/C. He loses his car to Brian and Roman.
Producer Neal H. Moritz makes a cameo appearance as a police officer during the freeway chase scene prior to Brian and Roman secretly sneaking off in the two muscle cars.
Neither Vin Diesel nor director Rob Cohen returned for this film, as they worked on xXx at the time. Ja Rule, who also appeared in the first film, turned down negotiations to appear on this film to pursue other projects. Originally, Tej was to be played by Redman, however, because of schedule conflicts, the part was given to Ludacris.
The Skyline GT-R driven by Brian was actually Paul Walker's personal car, which he himself customized for the film. It sustained a ruptured oil pan and severe damage on all four rims from the bridge jump, but in a matter of hours, the car was in good running condition with the parts replaced. He had personally chosen all the racing cars in the film. The stunt when Brian powerslided toward the crowd after winning the first race was actually performed by Paul Walker after convincing the producers that he could do the stunt himself and several days of practice before shooting.
Some of the cars in the film were reused from the first film, most notably Slap Jack's Toyota Supra and Orange Julius' Mazda RX-7, which were repainted versions of the first film's cars fitted with new body kits. For Slap Jack's Supra, the hood was fitted with a Lexan panel to show the engine underneath. To cut down on costs, stunt doubles of the car had photographs of the engine pasted under the Lexan panels of their hoods.
As the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII was not available in the U.S. at the time (VII was not sold in the U.S until February 2003), the stunt doubles of the car consisted of regular Mitsubishi Lancers fitted with EVO body kits and the engines to look like an EVO, while the original production car was shipped to the U.S from Japan.
The yellow Dodge Viper SRT-10 seen during the audition race was originally painted red and was among the first batch of the Vipers of that generation produced. Four were lent to the production crew on condition that they mustn't crash. They were repainted back to red before they were returned to the factory.
The Saleen Mustang that crashed during the audition race scene under a Semi was actually a Ford Mustang V6 fitted with a Saleen body kit (because the Saleen version cost over $60,000). The subsequent crash involving the dark-grey Chevrolet Corvette C5 was not originally planned in the script.
The house in Miami used as Verone's personal mansion was owned by Sylvester Stallone at the time, and it was just used for the shots of both the exterior and the interior of the house, as the mansion was borrowed for only two days.
Devon Aoki did not have a driver's license (just a driver's permit) or any driving experience prior to the film's production (except driving a golf cart), so she took driving lessons during filming from the professional teachers, first learning pure driving, then stunt driving.
The scene in which the Camaro was launched on the yacht was pre-recorded. With the shot of the blast shoot on dry using a crane, the yacht was rented, and because the yacht's value was over $5,000,000, they removed the parts of the yacht, replacing them with plastic parts. The car was also filled with foam and launched from an improvised pad into the lake as the shot of the jump, and the actors were filmed on green screen.
Reaction to 2 Fast 2 Furious was generally negative. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of "Rotten" 36% based on 157 reviews. Metacritic gives the film a score of 38 based on reviews from 35 critics.
Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times, however, gave the film a positive review, remarking: "It doesn't have a brain in its head, but it's made with skill and style and, boy, is it fast and furious."
The movie received two Razzie Award nominations including Worst Remake or Sequel and Worst Excuse for an Actual Movie (All Concept/No Content).
2 Fast 2 Furious earned $50,472,480 in its U.S. opening in 3,408 theaters, ranking first for the weekend. In its 133 days in release, the film reached a peak release of 3,418 theaters in the U.S. and earned $127,154,901 domestically. The film had the 15th largest domestic gross of 2003 and the 16th largest worldwide gross of 2003; combined with the foreign gross of $109,195,760, the film earned $236,350,661 worldwide.
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