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2 Fast 2 Furious


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2 Fast 2 Furious (commonly known as 2F2F, The Fast and the Furious 2, and known as Wild Speed X2 in Japan) is the 2003 second installment of The Fast and the Furious film series, following 2001’s The Fast and the Furious. It stars Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Eva Mendes, Devon Aoki, and Chris Bridges; and was directed by John Singleton. The soundtrack was composed by David Arnold. It is the only film in the series to not feature Vin Diesel in the cast, though his character Dominic Toretto is referenced in the film.

Paul Walker returns as cop Brian O’Conner who teams up with his ex-con pal Roman Pearce (Tyrese). The duo transport a shipment of dirty money for shady Miami-based import-export dealer Carter Verone (Cole Hauser), while working with undercover agent Monica Fuentes (Mendes) to bring Verone down.

Plot

After allowing fugitive Dominic Toretto to evade arrest in the first film, former LAPD officer Brian O’Conner finds himself on the run and leaves Los Angeles for Miami to start a new life. There, he makes new friends with Tej Parker (Ludacris), an ex-street racer, and Jimmy (Jin Auyeung), a well-known car tuner as well as Suki (Devon Aoki), also a street racer. Brian is now known by his street name “Bullet” due to his driving skills and his modified silver Nissan Skyline GT-R R34. He competes with fellow street racers in high stakes races to win money using the skills he learned as a member of Toretto’s now disbanded team.

One night after winning a race, he is caught by U.S. Customs agents after his car is disabled by the fictional grappling hook-shaped ESD (Electronic System Disruptor) that is deployed by Agent Markham (James Remar). Upon his arrest, Brian is offered a deal by Federal Bureau of Investigation Agent Bilkins (Thom Barry) to take part in a joint Customs/FBI operation in exchange for his criminal record wiped clean. The operation involves his street racing background, but seeing that neither Customs nor the FBI have a convincing racer to be his partner, Brian tells Bilkins he will select a partner of his own.

Brian and Bilkins travel to Barstow, California, to watch a demolition derby. There, they meet up with local champion Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson), a former friend of Brian who had served jail time and is on house arrest. Their reunion starts with a fist fight until Brian convinces Roman to join him on the mission in exchange for his crimes pardoned and his ankle monitor removed. They return to Miami, where they are debriefed on their mission – which is to go undercover as street racers and participate in a money laundering run for a South American (Argentine) drug lord named Carter Verone (Cole Hauser). They are assisted by Monica Fuentes (Eva Mendes), a female undercover U.S. Customs agent who liaisons as Carter’s love interest. For their mission, Brian and Roman are issued two modified cars – a green Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII and a purple Mitsubishi Eclipse GTS Spyder, respectively.

The duo participate in an audition race across Miami to recover a package inside an impounded Ferrari 360 Modena and deliver it to Verone, not knowing that their cars are equipped with tracking devices that give Markham’s squad their locations. Upon arriving at the site of the Ferrari and acquiring the package, they are cornered by Markham and his squad, who think they are fleeing from the mission. Roman opens fire at the squad before the duo make their escape and head for Verone’s mansion.

After being hired by Verone as his drivers, the duo go to a Customs/FBI hideout, where Roman confronts Markham over the latter’s interference with the mission. After the situation is cooled down, Brian tells Bilkins and Markham that Verone plans to smuggle the money into his private jet and fly off, but also suspects something wrong with Monica’s role in the mission. The duo then head to Tej’s garage, where they learn about the tracking devices in their cars and that they are also being tailed by Verone’s henchmen Enrique (Mo Gallini) and Roberto (Roberto Sanchez).

That night, Brian and Roman meet up with Verone at his night club, where Verone tortures Detective Whitworth (Mark Boone, Jr.) into giving him a 15-minute window to keep the police away from their laundering run. They report this back to their superiors the next morning, but Brian suspects that this mission will go out of hand due to Markham’s hair-trigger attitude against them, along with information secretly told by Monica that the drop-off point is at a secluded airstrip and Varone is to have the duo executed after the run. As a solution to these problems, Brian and Roman come up with plans of their own.

They issue a challenge to racers Korpi (John Cenatiempo) and Darden (Eric Etebari) – two other drivers from the audition race – for pink slips in a tag-team relay race. Despite having smaller engines than Korpi’s Chevrolet Camaro Yenko S/C and Darden’s Dodge Challenger R/T, the duo manage to win the race and take possession of the two muscle cars. Afterward, they have Tej and his gang modify the muscle cars and have him get all the street racers ready for the next day.

On the day of the mission, Brian and Roman begin transporting duffel bags of Verone’s money with Enrique and Roberto riding along. Before the 15-minute window is set, Detective Whitworth decides to call in the police to move in for the arrest, resulting in a high-speed chase across the city. The duo lead the police to a warehouse, where a scramble by dozens of street racers disorient the police. Following the scramble, police manage to pull over the Evo and the Eclipse, only to find out that they were driven by Tej and Suki, respectively. In the midst of the chaos, Brian and Roman manage to lose the cops by using the muscle cars.

As Brian approaches the destination point, Enrique tells him to make a detour away from the airfield. Meanwhile, Roman gets rid of Roberto by using an improvised ejector seat powered by nitrous oxide. At the airfield, Customs agents have Verone’s plane and convoy surrounded, only to discover they are duped into a decoy maneuver while Verone is at a boat yard several miles away. As he knew Monica was an undercover agent, he gave her the wrong information on the destination point. When Brian arrives at the intended drop-off point, Enrique prepares to kill him when Roman suddenly appears, with both of them dispatching Enrique. Verone makes his escape aboard his private yacht, but Brian and Roman use the Camaro and drive off a ramp at high-speed, crashing on top of the yacht. The duo manage to apprehend Verone and save Monica.

With their crimes pardoned, Brian and Roman ponder on what to do next other than to settle in Miami when Roman reveals to Brian that he secretly took some cash from the confiscated duffel bags.

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