2 Fast 2 Furious is a 2003 action film directed by John Singleton from a screenplay by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas, based on a story by Brandt, Haas, and Gary Scott Thompson. It is the sequel to The Fast and the Furious (2001) and the second installment in the Fast & Furious franchise. The film stars Paul Walker as Brian O'Conner alongside Tyrese Gibson, Eva Mendes, Cole Hauser, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, and James Remar. In the film, ex-LAPD officer Brian O'Conner and his ex-con friend Roman Pearce (Gibson) go transport a shipment of "dirty" money for shady Miami-based import-export dealer Carter Verone (Hauser) while secretly working with undercover agent Monica Fuentes (Mendes) to bring Verone down.

2 Fast 2 Furious
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJohn Singleton
Screenplay by
Story by
Based onCharacters
by Gary Scott Thompson
Produced byNeal H. Moritz
CinematographyMatthew F. Leonetti
Edited by
  • Bruce Cannon
  • Dallas Puett
Music byDavid Arnold
Distributed byUniversal Pictures[1]
Release dates
Running time
108 minutes[2]
Budget$76 million[3]
Box office$236.4 million[3]

A second Fast & Furious film was planned after the box office success of its predecessor in 2001, and was confirmed with the returns of Walker and producer Neal H. Moritz. Vin Diesel and Rob Cohen, the co-star and director of the first film, were unable to return; Gibson and Singleton joined the cast in their absence in 2002. To canonically account for Diesel's departure, the short film The Turbo Charged Prelude for 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) was produced and released. Principal photography for 2 Fast 2 Furious commenced in September 2002 and lasted until that December, with filming locations including Miami and the surrounding areas in southern Florida.[4][5]

2 Fast 2 Furious premiered at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles on June 3, 2003, and was released in the United States on June 6, by Universal Pictures. The film received mostly negative reviews from critics and grossed $236.4 million worldwide. A standalone sequel, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, was released in 2006.

Plot edit

Ex-LAPD officer Brian O'Conner has escaped to Miami and is in hiding,[a] after aiding wanted felon Dominic Toretto in LA escape from authorities,[b] making a living street racing in events organized by his friend, mechanic Tej Parker. Brian is arrested following a race, but his former boss, FBI Special Agent Bilkins and Customs Enforcement Agent Markham offers a deal to clear his record in exchange for going undercover to help arrest drug lord Carter Verone. Brian agrees on the condition he choose his partner, deciding on his estranged childhood friend Roman Pearce. Initially, Roman distrusts Brian for being a cop and not preventing his own prior arrest, but nonetheless agrees to the same record-clearing deal.

Back in Miami, Customs Agent Monica Fuentes, who is undercover working for Verone, gets them an audience. After a test in which Brian and Roman beat six other drivers to retrieve a package from Verone's car in an impound lot, they get a job to bring a package to Verone in the Florida Keys. During the test, Markham believes they are fleeing, and nearly compromises their cover by meeting them at the lot. To prevent Markham from undermining the next job, Brian and Roman acquire a 1969 Yenko Camaro SYC and 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T in a pink slip race from two of the drivers who lost Verone's test.

At a nightclub, Verone tortures corrupt MPD Detective Whitworth into giving the men a window to make their getaway. Verone then threatens Monica, whom he saw speaking affectionately to Brian earlier at the club. Brian and Roman revisit Tej and his crew and arrange a diversion during their drive to the Keys. One morning, Brian wakes to find Monica in his house. She warns him that Verone intends to kill them once the drop is complete. Enrique and Roberto arrive, looking for her, and a confrontation ensues before Verone arrives to diffuse the situation, with Monica escaping beforehand.

On the day of the job, Brian and Roman split the money between their cars and leave. Whitworth eventually sends in the Miami police department, and a chase ensues. The pair lead the police to a warehouse where a scramble organized by Tej causes chaos. Brian and Roman elude the police in the muscle cars, while Tej and Suki, another street racer, are detained driving the GPS-tagged vehicles to lead the cops away. As Brian approaches the airfield, Enrique orders him to detour to a marina. At the same time, Roman ejects Roberto from his car with an improvised ejector seat using nitrous oxide. At the airfield, Customs surround the plane but realize they have been duped. At the marina, Verone reveals he was aware he was under surveillance and gave Monica false information. Verone orders Brian killed, and Monica onto his private yacht, intending to use her as leverage. Before Enrique can kill Brian, Roman arrives and the pair incapacitate him. Verone flees aboard the yacht, but is intercepted when Brian drives the Yenko off of a ramp and crashes into the deck. Brian, Roman, and Monica incapacitate and subdue Verone.

Their deal upheld, Markham clears Brian and Roman's record, and Roman hands over Verone's cash. Brian and Roman agree to stay in Miami and decide to open a garage together, funded by a cut of the cash they secretly kept for themselves.

Cast edit

  • Paul Walker as Brian O'Conner: A former LAPD police officer who became a fugitive after letting Dominic Toretto escape in the previous film and has now settled in Miami. He drives a 1999 Nissan Skyline GTR R34 and a 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII.
  • Tyrese Gibson as Roman Pearce: Brian's childhood friend who is on house arrest after serving time in prison, for which he still blames Brian. He drives a 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GTS.
  • Eva Mendes as Monica Fuentes: A U.S. Customs agent working undercover as Carter Verone's aide and Brian's love interest.
  • Cole Hauser as Carter Verone: A ruthless drug lord whose organization the Customs Service sent Monica and later Brian and Roman to infiltrate.
  • Chris "Ludacris" Bridges as Tej Parker: A race host and a friend of Brian. He arranges high stakes street racing events.
  • James Remar as Agent Markham: A U.S. customs agent in charge of the operation against Verone; Monica's superior.
  • Devon Aoki as Suki: A friend of Brian, Tej, and Jimmy. She is the only named female racer in the movie, and her crew is made up entirely of women. She normally drives a hot pink custom Honda S2000.
  • Thom Barry as Agent Bilkins: An FBI agent reprising his role from the first film. He acts as Brian's handler for his undercover operations.
  • Edward Finlay as Agent Dunn: A U.S. Customs agent who is Markham's number two in the operation; replaced by Pearce as Brian's partner after demonstrating his ignorance of cars and racing.
  • Mark Boone Junior as Detective Whitworth: A Miami detective who is forced by Verone to give Pearce and O'Conner a window to deliver his package.
  • Mo Gallini as Enrique: Verone's bald henchman.
  • Roberto Sanchez as Roberto: Verone's henchman and Enrique's partner.
  • MC Jin as Jimmy: A mechanic who works for Tej and is a close friend of Brian.
  • Amaury Nolasco as Orange Julius: A street racer who drives an orange Mazda RX-7.
  • Michael Ealy as Slap Jack: A street racer who drives a gold Toyota Supra.
  • John Cenatiempo as Korpi: A street racer who drives a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Yenko S/C.
  • Eric Etebari as Darden: Korpi's friend who drives a 1970 Dodge Challenger.
  • Neal H. Moritz as a Police Officer: The film's producer, Moritz makes a cameo appearance as a police officer during a chase scene.

Production edit

Development edit

Because of the incredible response to The Fast and the Furious, we knew we had struck a chord with young audiences. I believe we had tapped into a culture—the very urban world of street racing. It really resonated with our fans, who continued to support the film when it hit the streets on DVD and video—I mean, it really just exploded again, allowing even more people a chance to take the ride. We knew they were ready for another film, but only if we delivered one with the same authenticity and edge as the first. Well, we've done just that.

—Producer Neal H. Moritz, on greenlighting the project sequel.[6]

Plans to make a sequel came about after the box office success of The Fast and the Furious,[6] which grossed over $200 million worldwide.[7] John Singleton had seen the first film and was awed by it, saying: "When I saw The Fast and the Furious, I was like, 'Damn, why didn't I think of that?' Growing up in South Central L.A., we had street races all the time." Singleton's rave reaction of the film as well as the culture of street racing in general influenced his decision to direct the sequel. The director also claimed that the concept of street racing could be something young audiences can relate to.[6]

The screenplay was written by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas, along with Gary Scott Thompson (the co-writer from the first film).[8] There were two film treatments submitted early on, one of which did not involve Vin Diesel's character in the event the actor would not return for the sequel.[9] Singleton credited Top Gun as a major influence for the film, particularly with regard to the action sequences.[10]

Pre-production edit

Paul Walker returned as Brian O'Conner in 2 Fast 2 Furious.

Vin Diesel was offered $25 million to return in the sequel as Dominic Toretto.[4] However, he refused after reading the screenplay as he felt that its potential was inferior compared to that of its predecessor; rather, he chose to appear in The Chronicles of Riddick instead.[11] According to Variety magazine in 2015 he was less taken with what the screenwriters had in mind for the film, "They didn't take a Francis Ford Coppola approach to it. They approached it like they did sequels in the '80s and '90s, when they would drum up a new story unrelated for the most part, and slap the same name on it."[4] However, Diesel reflected on his decision in a July 2014 report from Uproxx, saying: "I would've said, 'Don't walk away from it just because the script sucked in 2 Fast 2 Furious because there's an obligation to the audience to fight, no matter what, to make that film as good as possible.' ... I might have had a little bit more patience or belief in the long-term of it."[11]

Paul Walker, who had just finished Timeline at the time, reprised his role in the second picture as Brian O'Conner. Tyrese Gibson, then known mononymously as Tyrese, also became a part of the cast having previously acted in Singleton's Baby Boy, which was the singer's feature film acting debut; he portrayed Roman Pearce.[12] Ja Rule, another prominent rap artist who appeared in The Fast and the Furious, was originally tapped for the role of Tej Parker. Ja Rule was offered $500,000 for the role, which was more than what he had been paid to appear in The Fast and the Furious, $15,000. According to Singleton, "Ja got too big for himself. He turned it down. He turned down a half a million dollars. ... He was acting like he was too big to be in the sequel. He wouldn't return calls." The director then hired Chris "Ludacris" Bridges as a substitute.[5] Bridges would later rise to prominence for appearing in the film and star in later films such as Crash and Hustle & Flow.[13] Additional cast also included Cole Hauser as key villain Carter Verone, who appeared in Singleton's Higher Learning; Eva Mendes as undercover agent Monica Fuentes; and Devon Aoki as Suki, the sole female driver in the film.[6]

Filming edit

Principal photography began in the fall of 2002,[5] and Matthew F. Leonetti served as the director of photography.[14] Filming was done mostly in various parts of South Florida such as Miami Beach, Seven Mile Bridge, and Homestead Air Reserve Base.[6][15] Hauser's character's mansion was shot in Coral Gables, in a house owned by Sylvester Stallone.[6] At Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, 2 Fast 2 Furious was filmed on one side, while Bad Boys II was filmed on the other side at the same time.[16][better source needed]

A car enthusiast himself,[6] Walker drove a Nissan Skyline GT-R model R34 borrowed from the film's Technical Advisor, Craig Lieberman, in the film's opening scenes.[17] Aoki did not have a driver's license or any driving experience prior to the film's production, and took driving lessons during filming;[18] she drove a pink 2001 Honda S2000 AP1 in the film.[17] Gibson drove a convertible Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder, while Michael Ealy drove a Toyota Supra Turbo MkIV model JZA80 that had been used by Walker in The Fast and the Furious.[17]

Music edit

The musical score was composed by David Arnold. The soundtrack was released on May 27, 2003 on Def Jam Recordings, the same record label that Ludacris was signed to.

Release edit

2 Fast 2 Furious premiered at the Universal Amphitheatre on June 3, 2003.[19] The short film The Turbo Charged Prelude for 2 Fast 2 Furious was released before select screenings and on special edition home releases of the first film.[20][21] It was then released to theaters in the United States on June 6, 2003.

Home media edit

2 Fast 2 Furious was released on DVD and VHS on September 30, 2003.[22] It was later released on Blu-ray on March 24, 2009 and 4K Ultra-HD on October 2, 2018.

Video game edit

A mobile game was released in 2004 by Digital Bridges.[23]

Reception edit

Box office edit

2 Fast 2 Furious earned $52.1 million in its U.S. opening in 3,408 theaters, ranking first for the weekend above Finding Nemo.[24] The film went on to score the fourth-highest June opening weekend, behind Batman Forever, Scooby-Doo and Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.[25] This was also one of three consecutive Universal films of 2003 to make an opening weekend above $50 million, with the others being Bruce Almighty and Hulk.[26] Furthermore, the film suprassed Shaft to have the highest opening weekend for a John Singleton film and XXX to have the biggest opening weekend for a Neal H. Moritz film respectively.[24] During its second weekend, it fell behind Finding Nemo, making $19.1 million.[27] Throughout its 133 days in release, the film reached a peak release of 3,418 theaters in the U.S. and earned $127.2 million in domestically. The film had the 15th largest US gross of 2003 and the 16th largest worldwide gross of 2003; combined with the international gross of $109.2 million, the film earned $236.4 million worldwide.[3]

Critical response edit

On Rotten Tomatoes, 2 Fast 2 Furious has an approval rating of 36% based on 162 reviews and an average rating of 4.80/10. The site's critical consensus reads: "Beautiful people and beautiful cars in a movie that won't tax the brain cells."[28] On Metacritic it has a weighted average score of 38 out of 100 based on reviews from 36 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[29] Audiences surveyed by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A−" on scale of A+ to F.[30]

Todd McCarthy of Variety magazine wrote: "While this John Singleton-directed sequel provides a breezy enough joyride, it lacks the unassuming freshness and appealing neighborhood feel of the economy-priced original."[31] Scott Tobias of The A.V. Club wrote: "Singleton abandons the underground racing subculture that gave the first film its allure, relying instead on lazy thriller plotting that's only a bag of donuts and a freeze-frame away from the average TV cop show."[32] USA Today's Mike Clark gave film 2 out of 4, and wrote "The movie is all about racing, and character be damned, though the still dazed-looking Walker and Tyrese finally get a little rapport going after a worn-out story's very rocky start." He concludes "Lack of pretension helps the viewer get over the fact that this is just another retread."[33] Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film 3 out of 4 and said, "It doesn't have a brain in its head, but it's made with skill and style and, boy, it is fast and furious."[34] In 2018, Derek Lawrence of the Entertainment Weekly called it "the forgotten Fast and Furious gem" and praised the chemistry between Walker and Gibson and John Singleton's direction.[35] In 2019, Bilge Eberi of Vulture also praised the movie especially Singleton's direction.[36]

In 2014, John Singleton said:

"It was awesome. The heads of the studio at the time were just like, just make it fun, make it cool, make it this gen. I didn't do all that techno music that they did in the first movie. I used nothing but Southern Hip Hop which was like the rage at the time. I just funked it up, I made it more multi-ethnic. They kind of followed the paradigm that I set up. What we're going to do here is Paul [Walker]'s character—God bless his soul — Paul Walker is going to be edgy. He's going to be more like a bad boy. That was the film where he was the star. That was the movie where he was the star of the picture because we didn't have Vin [Diesel]. It was a real fun experience."[37]

Accolades edit

Award Category Nominee Result
MTV Movie Award Breakthrough Male Ludacris Nominated
Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Remake or Sequel 2 Fast 2 Furious Nominated
Worst Excuse for an Actual Movie (All Concept/No Content) 2 Fast 2 Furious Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Breakout Movie Actor Michael Ealy Nominated
Choice Movie Chemistry Paul Walker Won
Choice Movie Fight/Action Sequence Paul Walker vs. Tyrese Gibson Won
Choice Summer Movie 2 Fast 2 Furious Nominated

Sequel edit

After failing to secure the returns of Diesel, Walker, or any other member of the original cast, Universal ordered a standalone sequel, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. Moritz returned and hired director Justin Lin, who would go on to direct several subsequent installments in the series.[38]

Note edit

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