Way 2 amazed

By Andrew Ross

Before I even stepped into the theatre, I was sure 2 Fast 2 Furious was going to suck.

The warning signs were all there. It’s a sequel to a big-budget film that didn’t leave any unanswered questions. Only one of the guys from the original is back for the sequel (not the famous guy, the other guy). The title has the number two in it. Twice.

The famous guy’s part has been rewritten for a model/actor. The only other recognizable face on the poster is that of a second-string rapper. The trailer was basically a showcase for the pricey special effects. How could it not suck?

And yet, it didn’t.

I have to give full credit to director John Singleton, who avoided a potential train wreck on celluloid here. I was also very impressed by Tyrese and Ludacris, both of whom gave far more convincing performances than I would have expected of them. That being said, the secondary characters were woefully underdeveloped, the plot was fairly transparent, and you could see most of the one-liners coming about a mile away. However, none of this changes the fact that this film isn’t awful, and I didn’t want my two hours back at the end of it.

I wouldn’t go as far as to say that it was a great movie, but it’s certainly worth seeing–once it comes out on video.