2 Fast 2 Furious put 2’s where the the’s should be. Thus beginning the franchise’s tradition of unusual titles. With Vin Diesel choosing to opt out of the sequel, the lead role was instead given to Paul Walker. 2 Fast 2 Furious picks up right after Brian O’Conner decided to let Dominic Toretto go. No longer a police officer, Brian flees to Miami where he works as an illegal street racer.
The directing reigns were handed over to late Boyz n the Hood director John Singleton. He injected his own flavor into the racing sequel. Which mostly meant hiring more black performers like Tyrese Gibson or rapper Ludacris. Gibson does the absolute most as Brian’s childhood friend Roman Pearce. Brian and Rome end up working together when U.S. Customs promises to erase their criminal records in exchange for their help in taking down a drug lord.
Along with a new bald and muscular best friend, Brian is also given a new love interest. Eva Mendes plays a Customs agent who assists the two. But more cars and more butts aren’t enough to disguise how ridiculously dated 2 Fast 2 Furious is. All the flash with none of the brains. Then again, as long as there are fast cars and beautiful women, fans won’t complain. 2 Fast 2 Furious is plenty of dumb fun.