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2 Fast 2 Furious (stylized 2Fast2Furious) is the John Singleton-directed 2003 sequel to The Fast and the Furious and the second film in The Fast and the Furious franchise. 2 Fast 2 Furious stars Paul Walker, reprising his role as Brian O'Conner, Thom Barry as Bilkins, and introduces Tyrese as Roman Pearce and Ludacris as Tej. The film also stars Eva Mendes, Devon Aoki, James Remar and Cole Hauser. Distributed by Universal Pictures, 2 Fast 2 Furious was released June 6, 2003 and grossed $236.4 million at the Box Office.

Official Description

When ex-cop, Brian O'Conner, is caught in Miami by his former associate, Bilkins, he is recruited to take down a drug lord named Carter Verone. O'Connor agrees to help them on the terms of creating his own crew. He decides to teams up with his childhood friend, Roman Pearce. The duo transport a shipment of dirty money for shady Miami-based import-export dealer Verone, while working with undercover agent Monica Fuentes to bring Verone down.
— Official Description

Plot

Brian O'Connor, now a disgraced cop, is on the run because he let Dominic Toretto escape. He comes to Miami to start a new life. Here, he makes new friends Tej Parker; an ex-street racer, well-known car tuner Jimmy as well as Suki, another street racer. O'Connor is now known by his street name "Bullitt", and competes with fellow street racers in high stakes races to win money utilizing the skills he learned as a member of Toretto's now disbanded team.

One night after winning a race, he is caught by US Customs agents after his car is disabled by the fictional harpoon-like Electronic Disruption Device that is deployed by US Customs Agent Markham. He is arrested and brought to Special Agent Bilkins, who makes a deal with him saying that if he accepts to take part in a mission, his criminal record will be wiped clean. O'Connor is to partner up with another officer, but he requests to partner up with someone else in mind.

O'Connor and Bilkins then travel to Barstow, California where O'Connor proposes the deal to his childhood friend and ex-con Roman Pearce. Together their mission involves working undercover as street racers for a South American-Argentine drug lord - Carter Verone, with help from Monica Fuentes an undercover U.S. Customs agent who has become romantically involved with Verone. Verone sets up a highly charged "audition" race where participants are to retrieve a package from Verone's impounded Ferrari at a boat dock, which Pearce and O'Connor reach first, acquiring the package. They are however interrupted by Markham who arrives on the scene after being tipped off by their cars' GPS on the assumption they were trying to ditch, resulting in all other racers swiftly leaving. Pearce fires a gun at Markham and disables his unit despite O'Connor's warning, then the two escape. Returning triumphant to Verone's compound, they are brought in for further discussion with Verone. Verone explains that the boat dock is his (so the Ferrari was never actually impounded) and the audition was to prove who could run a job for him. He states the job as, "Drive the package to the Keys and I'll personally hand over 100Gs ($100,000) at the finish line". Pearce requests that the prize be $100,000 for both himself and O'Connor. Verone suggests they discuss in more detail at his nightclub later that night.

When O'Connor and Pearce return to Markham he rebukes them for trying to run away but O'Connor said that Markham nearly blew their cover. Markham threatens to charge them both until they reveal information about Verone and suspect Monica's cover is in jeopardy. The two are allowed to continue the case, although O'Connor suspects the major trouble they are in, wherein after the job is done Verone is likely not to keep his word, and possibly get rid of them. They plan a workaround which requires two more new cars and ask Tej to arrange a race for "pink slips" with two of the racers from the audition race earlier in the movie; O'Connor and Pearce win Korpi's 1969 Yenko Camaro and Darden's 1970 Challenger R/T respectively.

O'Connor and Pearce arrive at Verone's nightclub as told and meet Verone. He brings them into the VIP lounge where Verone proceeds to "persuade" a police detective named Whitworth into keeping the local police away from O'Connor and Pearce so they may transport the money. Verone tortures Whitworth to do as ordered, where he uses a champagne bucket to cover a huge rat on Whitworth's chest and using a blow torch to have the rat scratch and bite Whitworth in an attempt to escape the heat. The next morning they embark on the mission in their Mitsubishis with Verone's money in the trunks and two of his henchmen riding along.

During the transportation of Verone's money, the corrupt Detective Whitworth calls in the army of police units he has waiting nearby. Later on, a chase occurs and a police helicopter arrives and two police SWAT officers use ESD on them. Pearce manages to dodge but O'Connor's car is harpooned, causing its electronics and the car to gradually shut down. Brian daringly removes the ESD hook and throws it on a police car causing it to lose control which buys them some time. They lead the police to a complex.

The police have surrounded the front of the complex so O'Connor's and Pearce's street racer friends, including Slap Jack and Orange Julius, create a "scramble" diversion allowing O'Connor and Pearce to sneak away, continuing their mission. First to be driven out from the garage were four new Dodge Rams to push away the police cars, then hundreds of cars leave, including O'Connor and Pearce. The Mitsubishis reappear again and are soon spotted by police forces, cornering them at a coast stop, but it is revealed to be Tej and Suki driving them, while O'Connor and Pearce have switched to the Yenko and Challenger they won from before. They thus escape the police, and are ready to move onto the next step of their plan.

O'Connor and Pearce split up to meet at a location as planned. Pearce soon ejects Verone's thug that was riding with him and meets Jimmy at the agreed location. When Jimmy questions Pearce being the only one who has arrived, Pearce is told by O'Connor the plan has changed. Meanwhile, O'Connor is told by Verone's accompanying thug to not go to the airfield which they thought was the destination, but to a boat dock instead.

Arriving, O'Connor is first questioned at gunpoint where Pearce and the other half of money is. Verone then revealed he knew Monica was an undercover U.S. Customs agent when she slipped up for informing U.S. Customs agents about his intention to flee the country via a secluded airfield. Markham has SWAT forces who prepare to storm Verone's private jet which they assume he will be getting away in, but only find a decoy and have likewise been played. Verone leaves while sending O'Connor away with his men to be executed as predicted before. O'Connor is about to be killed before Pearce arrives just in time to ram Verone's henchmen van and O'Connor fights the thug in his Camaro with Pearce joining in on the fight shortly after.

On his yacht, Verone rebukes Monica for her treachery before sending her downstairs. O'Connor and Pearce get in the Camaro then hatch a plan to save Monica from Verone by planning to jump the Camaro off a nearby ramp and landing on the top of the yacht. They succeed but are nearly killed by Verone who pumps his shotgun having not been pinned from the impact, before O'Connor shoots at Verone with the gun taken from the thug earlier. Monica manages to escape and seizes Verone's shotgun before he can retaliate, with O'Connor and Pearce relieved that they have succeeded in their mission.

Verone is arrested and half the duffle bags carrying his drug money are recovered from O'Connor's Camaro. Markham agrees on their deal to have their records cleaned, so a reluctant Pearce takes the other half out from his Challenger in return. They meet up with Monica and Bilkins, who states to have Suki and Tej released and concludes their work together before parting ways with the two. O'Connor and Pearce plan to continue remaining in Miami where they could open a garage, but when asked on how they could afford it, both secretly confess to each other that they have taken some of the money from the bags before.

Cast

Principal Cast

Supporting Cast

Featured Vehicles

The following list of major vehicles used in "2 Fast 2 Furious"
Name Model Year Driver Status
BMW 323iS Coupé E36 Unknown Unknown Damaged

1968 Cadillac DeVille Convertible

1968 Enrique Damaged
1969 Yenko Camaro SYC 1969 Korpi/Brian O'Conner Damaged
1998 Chevrolet Corvette C5 1998 Unknown Damaged
1970 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 1970 Roman Pearce Damaged
1970 Dodge Challenger R/T 1970 Darden/Roman Pearce Damaged
2003 Dodge Viper SRT-10 2003 Unknown Active
Ferrari 360 Spider Unknown Carter Verone (owner) Damaged
Ferrari F355 Spider F1 Unknown Carter Verone (owner) Active
2002 Ford F-150 Boss 2002 Unknown Active
2001 Honda S2000 AP1 2001 Suki Damaged
Lincoln Navigator Ultimate U228 2003 Carter Verone Damaged
2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GTS 2001 Roman Pearce Active
2002 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII 2002 Brian O'Conner Active
1999 Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 1999 Brian O'Conner Damaged
2003 Saleen S281 2003 Unknown Destroyed
1993 Toyota Supra Turbo Mk.IV [JZA80] 1993 Slap Jack Damaged
1994 Mazda RX-7 FD 1994 Orange Julius Active

Featured Locations

Production

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 belonged to technical advisor Craig Lieberman. 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 (the latter was seen again in Rob Cohen's The Last Ride) 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.

For the bridge jump, all of the cars except Suki's Honda S2000 were fitted with roll cages. As the S2000 is a convertible, it was fitted with a remote control and a dummy in the driver's seat.

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.[1]

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.

Marketing

Prequel

The Fast and the Furious "Tricked Out Edition" DVD.

Main article: Turbo-Charged Prelude

To promote the release of 2 Fast 2 Furious and the re-release of The Fast and the Furious, a short film titled "Turbo-Charged Prequel" was filmed and released June 3, 2003 on the "Tricked Out Edition" of The Fast and the Furious DVD.[2] The Turbo-Charged Prequel followed the story of Brian O'Connor directly after the events of the original film following Dominic Toretto's escape and his chronicled his escape from the police and his eventual arrival in Miami. The Turbo-Charged Prequel was directed by Phillip Atwell and starred Paul Walker as Brian O'Conner and Minka Kelly in a unaccredited role as "The Girl".

Music

Various Artists

The Various Artists soundtrack for 2 Fast 2 Furious was released June 6, 2003 on Compact Disc and Audio Cassette by Def Jam Records. Like the original soundtrack for The Fast and the Furious, the soundtrack for 2 Fast 2 Furious featured predominantly Hip-Hop artists, including Joe Budden, Pit Bull, and Fat Joe. Ludacris provided the single "Act A Fool" and filmed a music video for the film which featured cameos by Devon Aki, Tyrese, Eva Mendes, Paul Walker and John Singleton.

Original Score

The original score for 2 Fast 2 Furious was composed David Arnold, replacing BT, who had composed the original score for The Fast and the Furious. Not dissimilar to the original film, Arnold score was never officially released, but was also not featured on the official soundtrack.

Music Videos

Home Video Release

2 Fast 2 Furious was originally released on DVD and VHS September 30, 2003 by Universal Studios Home Entertainment.[3] It was later re-released March 24, 2009 as limited two-disc Special Edition DVD[4] to coincide with and promote the 2009 soft-reboot, Fast & Furious, released April 3, 2009. 2 Fast 2 Furious was later re-released on DVD and Blu-Ray August 30, 2011[5], and later March 28, 2017.[6]

Critical Reception

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.

Reaction to 2 Fast 2 Furious was generally negative. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of "Rotten" 36% based on 157 reviews.[7] 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."[8] The movie received two Razzie Award nominations including Worst Remake or Sequel and Worst Excuse for an Actual Movie (All Concept/No Content).

Sequel

Main article: The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift

Trivia

  • Two scripts for 2 Fast 2 Furious were produced. One featured Vin Diesel's character, Dominic Toretto, the other without him on the chance the actor declined to return.[9]
  • Vin Diesel had originally been approached to appear in both 2 Fast 2 Furious, but the actor declined to return.[10]
  • The cars in the opening sequence of the film are the same models that won races in the first film.[9]
  • The powerslide performed at the end of the opening sequence's race was performed by Paul Walker, who was a licensed professional driver. The stunt wherein Brian drives his car in reverse was also performed by Paul Walker.[11]
  • The scene wherein the 2003 Saleen S281-E Mustang was crushed under the wheels of a truck was an accident that occurred during filming.[11]
  • The mansion Carter Verone lived in was once owned by Sylvester Stallone.[9]
  • The stunt wherein 1969 Yenko Camaro SYC crashes onto Carter Verone's boat was performed in one take. Beforehand, director John Singleton predicted the sequence would take multiple shots to complete.[9]
  • 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.[9]

Videos

Trailers

Clips

Featurettes

Behind the Scenes

Gallery

Posters

Official Stills

Behind the scenes


Notes

  1. Garry Scott Thompson is credited for the creation of the characters featured in every The Fast and the Furious film after the first.

References

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