Expect to see cars racing out of movie theater parking lots this weekend.
Not because the new releases are so bad (at least, hopefully not), but because the only major movie opening is "2 Fast 2 Furious," and it just might give filmgoers the need for speed. If fact, the action flick is said to have so many racing stunts, producers are worried about copycat incidents and have asked star Paul Walker to record public service announcements warning people to, as they say, "not try this at home."
"People need to understand this is a movie. We're doing some crazy, crazy, wild driving. I mean, the stunts are just out of hand in this," Walker said on the set of the movie late last year (see " 'Fast And The Furious 2' Rolling Fine Without Diesel, Ja Rule"). "We have people jumping drawbridges and stuff, and unfortunately there are some people out there who don't have enough common sense to stop and think, 'Hey wait a minute, this is a movie.' You know, we've got computer-generated images and all this stuff that make it look a lot more real and make it look like it's possible." (Click for photos from "2 Fast 2 Furious.")
To most film fans, though, that's a good thing. Believable action sequences have never been the concern — it's whether or not the sequel can live up to "The Fast and the Furious" without Vin Diesel, Ja Rule, Michelle Rodriguez and director Rob Cohen on board.
Walker, though, is more than happy with new additions Tyrese ("Baby Boy"), Ludacris, Eva Mendes ("Training Day") and especially director John Singleton ("Higher Learning").
"He's not shooting this conventionally," Walker said. "He's got just cool angles and a cool [way of using] the camera at all times. Nothings ever just squared off, there's never a stagnant shot. His shots are always moving, they're always fluid. And I think that's important with a movie like this. I mean, it is fast and furious."
Walker thinks fans of the first movie will also be impressed by the sequel's rapper-turned-actor. "Ludacris is really natural," he said. "For some reason, if you just carry that confidence, it just happens. Like when he does everything, it's just so natural, it just flows. It's a trip to me when I'm doing scenes with him to think that this is his first project, this is his first time out."
"2 Fast 2 Furious" finds Walker's character moving to Miami, where the former cop has a chance to redeem himself if he can bring down a drug ring led by an underground racing enthusiast played by Cole Hauser ("Hart's War"). Tyrese plays an ex-con who teams with Walker.
Also opening in limited release are "The Eye," a Japanese thriller about a blind girl who can see ghosts after having surgery to restore her vision, and "Whale Rider," a drama about New Zealand village girl who becomes the first female whale rider. The latter won the World Cinema Audience Award at Sundance, while the former is being remade by Tom Cruise's production company.
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