Director: John Singleton
Stars: Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Eva Mendes, Devon Aoki, Ludacris, James Remar, Michael Ealy
What's worse—that 2 Fast 2 Furious made us miss Vin Diesel (who passed on this sequel to 2001's The Fast and the Furious), or that its director, John Singleton, is the same guy who once wrote and directed an American movie classic, Boyz N the Hood? It's a toss-up, really.
There's more characterization and depth in any two minutes of Boyz N the Hood than in the entirety of this too-cool-for-school sequel, a shallow affair favoring tricked-out cars and sexy girls over anything resembling a compelling narrative. Granted, The Fast and the Furious wasn't a thinking man's movie, either, but at least there was some attempt to create a world of flesh-and-blood characters.
In the terribly named 2 Fast 2 Furious, Singleton gives the audience little credit. It's as if he thought the first movie's fans only showed up for the cars and hip-hop beats, so he just gorged on both—OK, so he did actually understand the demographic, but he overlooked one all-important detail: Paul Walker is one of cinema's least engaging leads. The whips might be cool, but Walker and the equally dull Tyrese Gibson are still the dudes riding them.