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2 FAST 2 FURIOUS

A sullied cop who will do almost anything to get back his badge infiltrates a shady gang of racers for the purpose of getting the goods on a local crimelord.

CAST: Paul Walker, Tyrese, Eva Mendes, Cole Hauser, Ludacris, Thom Barry, James Remar

DIRECTOR: John Singleton

"‘2 Fast 2 Furious,’ a new seatbelt-awareness film, features two very fine and touching performances, both of them by cars...these supremely expressive vehicles come equipped with drivers, principally a pair of crash-test dummies played by Paul Walker and Tyrese, whose low-gear dialogue makes the whine of engines sound like the highest poetry… among the most lethargic action movies I have ever seen: when Mr. Walker and Tyrese are not driving, it might as well be called ‘2 Slow 2 Tedious’…mostly the women, like the cars, are around to fuel adolescent male fantasies and are similarly ogled, at leeringly low angles, by the camera." --A.O. Scott, The New York Times

"‘2 Fast 2 Furious’ is 2 loud and 2 long. It makes any1 over the age of 30 go AGHHHHHHHH! But any1 over the age of 30 who goes 2 it is 2 dumb 2 worry about." --Stephen Hunter, The Washington Post

"My hand trembles slightly as I type these words, but the truth is that while watching ‘2 Fast 2 Furious,’ the follow-up to the pleasurably cheap-thrills sleeper ‘The Fast and the Furious,’ I realized just how much I miss Vin Diesel…The new movie arrives without its original star, director and writers, a triple whammy that is, loosely speaking, akin to a second ‘Godfather’ movie minus Al Pacino, Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo…in place of Diesel, Singleton offers up the wan visage of Walker, who, having again received top billing, again barely registers, despite his best attempts to walk the walk and talk the talk…The moviemakers wanted diesel, but this star runs strictly on unleaded." --Manohla Dargis, The Los Angeles Times

"The major change to the street-racing formula is that Vin Diesel -- who shot to stardom in the original and whose paycheck consequently went through the roof -- has been replaced by model/rapper Tyrese Gibson. A decided improvement over the self-important Diesel, Gibson (billed merely as Tyrese) has a positively magnetic screen presence and a terrific comic chemistry with Paul Walker, who repeats his role from the first movie. Not that either actor is exactly challenged by a script that could have been scribbled on the side of an oil filter…‘2 Fast 2 Furious’ is a lark for anyone who's willing to check their brains at the concession stand for 100 minutes." --Lou Lumenick, The New York Post

"Though marginally better made than the original, thanks to the direction of John Singleton, ‘2 Fast’ lacks the charismatic presence of Vin Diesel, who has priced himself right out of the franchise. Without Diesel, there's not much gas, at least not from the nonvehicular elements…When not acting like jealous lovers, Brian [Paul Walker] and Roman [Tyrese] are tussling in the dirt with their legs wrapped around each other…Tyrese has such a well-defined upper torso that the script calls for him to strip off his shirt frequently. Also scantily clad is Eva Mendes as an undercover customs agent whose chief expression is one of wry derision, and a female drag racer whose convertible matches her hot-pink ensemble." --Jami Bernard, The New York Daily News

"This is all crime thriller boilerplate; even the characters can't seem to take it seriously, but they are, after all, accessories. This situation is not helped by the fact that singer-actor Tyrese is so funny. In fact, with Walker such an unbelievable stiff, Mendes providing little more than decor and Hauser almost animatronic, it's Tyrese who contributes the only human element worth paying attention to…What's kind of surprising about Singleton's direction of ‘2 Fast 2 Furious’ is the all-but-romantic dynamic between the Walker and Tyrese characters. Are these guys in love? We're not complaining, mind you, just surprised that in a film that rides on car hoods, asphalt and the rhythmic sway of Mendes' hips, you'd find such a rainbow of interpersonal dynamics." --John Anderson, Newsday

"The $100 million-plus sequel, ‘2 Fast 2 Furious,’ plays like an unusually bad, overblown episode of ‘Miami Vice,’ and has virtually none of the pleasures of the original…Walker is the only returning cast member from the original and he's actually aging well. His steely blue eyes have become more magnetic with confidence, and like Keanu Reeves, he's learned that lowering his voice to a Clint Eastwood-level can offset the handicap of pretty-boy looks. Tyrese, who is better known as a male model and music star, brings little to the table…he tries much too hard in every scene, and his overwhelming vanity is not a bit cute: it's irritating." --William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"‘2 Fast 2 Furious’ might be called one of the stupidest movies ever made, but that would be a falsehood. In truth, it's far too lazy to explore any new levels of stupidity. It's happy to simply loll around on the surface, recapturing already charted levels of stupidity…The unfailingly bland, dull pretty boy Paul Walker returns from the first film…I'm not sure, but it's entirely possible that the filmmakers substituted a large pile of vanilla pudding for Walker in some scenes without anyone ever noticing." --Jeffrey M. Anderson, The San Francisco Examiner

"So what do we have here? Lots of cars going very fast…Sure, it's wicked cool, but is it a movie? The cast, taken as a whole, possesses all the magnetism of a wad of cotton -- save for Tyrese, who at least tries to do something with his screen time other than fill space. He's got real screen presence, and sometimes manages to inject life in 2 the film's non-automotive moments." --Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun