Sequel time via written form to our latest podcast release! We only get two returning actors from the original film, Paul Walker and Thom Barry who plays a FBI agent. New stars include Eva Mendes and two rappers, Ludacris and Tyrese Gibson. Movie reviews and disc quality reviews are color coded for your convenience, BillChete in orange and Lady Phantom in blue respectively.
IMDb Storyline: Former cop Brian O’Conner who teams up with his ex-con pal Roman Pearce to transport a shipment of “dirty” money for shady Miami-based import-export dealer Carter Verone, while actually working with undercover agent Monica Fuentes to bring Verone down.
Holy Moly this sequel jumps the shark! This movie is a failure in many aspects. We learn that Paul Walker’s character isn’t on the force anymore and has moved to Miami where he is an underground street racer. He is forced to take down a master thief along with his childhood friend which is where we get this unbelievably crap bro-mance with the duo. Unlike the first one we get a few far-fetched driving scenes that not only looked fake but were completely horribly shot and edited. Most of the new characters were annoying and couldn’t hold a candle to Vin Diesel’s clan. All the driving supporting actors and mob thugs basically just couldn’t act worth a damn. If it wasn’t for Walker, this would be a 2/10, but since his story does progress, and he holds down that sincere, good-guy portrayal, his performance is decent and deserves a tick up on the rating by himself. Lastly, the center channel and mainly spoken words are much harder to discern as they really play up the music during a lot of these scenes. This is a total avoid in the franchise…fortunately the main crew of the original returns down the road in later installments.
Oh, boy. Compared to the first movie, this seems like they just wanted to keep momentum going, and they didn’t care about the story at all. It did have positives: Paul Walker, Ludacris and Tyrese Gibson were good. The rest of the acting was okay, except for James Remar. He was very mediocre. Eva Mendes was there to be eye candy and nothing more. The story was plain bad; in this movie they began the acrobatics, and I didn’t like that at all. Sound was good, but I expected better. Lots of visual effects whose objective was mainly to distract from the fact that there’s not much meat in this installment. In general, a disappointment.
4K Disc Quality:
I just ranted on the movie itself, but here on the 4K Blu-ray we get an impressive transfer for the most part. It is DNR’ed without much smoothness. Grain is only noticeable in certain scenes. Clarity is epic compared to the first one. HDR is utilized with shiny chrome, mirrors, rims and the such with specular highlights appearing from time to time. The cars are beautifully depicted with the enhanced wide color gamut that makes you feel you’re standing right next to these brilliantly painted race cars. There is a problem though…all this vibrancy literally abolishes most of the racing/action scenes which you can inherently tell they are green-screened. This is a popcorn movie, and the stunts are obviously outlandish, so the lack of realism doesn’t completely hurt it. The songs are on par with the original but the voice production was lower coming across the center channel and blared around you making it difficult to understand speech at times. But for DTS:X it does punch and engulfs the soundstage. While the movie itself shouldn’t be purchased for all the flaws, the 4K Disc definitely deserves a buy if this is your thing!
The 4K quality definitely improved in this installment. The color scheme was clever; the problem is that they filled some scenes with color and vibrant images, and many others were left pretty bland. There’s very little grain, almost nonexistent. The movie is crisp, and the faces look incredibly clear. The color, when we do see it, is vibrant and beautiful. The fire that comes out of the exhaust on the pink car looks beautiful to me. As for the sound, it’s pretty good, although I don’t think that it was better than in the first movie. All in all, it’s a decent 4K disc. If this is your kind of movie, it’s worthy of the upgrade.
Breakdown of “2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)“
|BillChete: 4 (Avoid)||Lady Phantom: 4 (Avoid)|
|4K Blu-ray Disc Grade|
|BillChete: B (Worthy)||Lady Phantom: B (Worthy)|
Average 4K Disc Grade