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Overall Rating
3.04

Awesome: 1.02%
Worth A Look40.82%
Average: 33.67%
Pretty Bad: 10.2%
Total Crap: 14.29%

9 reviews, 44 user ratings


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Transporter 2
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by Brian McKay

"A prime example of sequel overkill, but still a good deal of fun"
4 stars

When it comes to action movies and their sequels, you can always count on things being turned up a notch in the subsequent installment. TRANSPORTER 2 doesn't deviate from this formula one bit, but despite the laughably cheap-looking CGI, the run-of-the-mill plot, and two-dimensional characters, the over-the-top violence and Jason Statham's charisma are TRANSPORTER 2's saving graces.

Having moved on from his French beach house and hot Chinese sidekick/love interest (Qi Shu) from the last movie, we now find Frank Martin (Statham) working in Miami as a driver/bodyguard for the young son of the U.S. Drug Czar (Matthew Modine). Although it's only a temporary gig, as Martin takes over the chauffer duties for a vacationing friend, he has nevertheless grown fond of the precocious boy. So when the little lad ends up getting kidnapped by a ruthless latino thug with really bad teeth (Allesandro Gassman) and his racoon-eyed heroin-chic skanky assassin girlfriend Lola (Kate Nauta, who struts around the entire movie wearing nothing but lingerie and a pair of machine pistols) - well, God help these stock movie villains, because Frank made a promise to the wee tyke that he'd never let anyone hurt him, and if nothing else, Frank Martin is a man of his word!

Yeah, I know - blah blah blah. I don't watch porn for the plot, and the same principle applies here. When there's not a beatdown or a car chase going on, TRANSPORTER 2 meanders into some pretty melodramatic filler scenes. Thankfully, however, the filler is kept to a minimum this time around, as TRANSPORTER 2 boasts more and better action sequences and car chases than its forerunner. Although most of these showcase some ludicrous and impossible feats, it's all done with a bit of a wink and a nudge. Corey Yuen, who directed the previous film, stays on as fight choreographer, delivering a series of giddy beatdown sessions that culminate in the aready-famous-from-the-trailers "firehose" scene. Only in the end does the action sag, as the two main villains are dispatched in a rather boring and anti-climactic manner - but with all the delicious smackdowns leading up to their demise, it doesn't feel like too big of a cheat. If, like me, you went for one thing and one thing only, you won't walk away feeling too disappointed.

There's also a bit of fun from the returning character of Inspector Tarconi (Francois Berleand), who played Martin's friend/confidante in the last film. I don't know if it's his English speaking abilties (In the last film he was damn near incomprehensible) or his character's dialogue that have improved since the last movie, but he contributes a lot more comic relief this time around as the vacationing police inspector who comes to Miami and ends up getting arrested at Martin's house when the feds come looking for Martin.

If you can get past the hammy acting, the impossible scenarios, and the budget CGI, you just may enjoy TRANSPORTER 2 for exactly what it is - a vehicle for Statham to drive fast cars and beat the hell out of people. Considering that he does both often, and with a cocksure sense of style, TRANSPORTER 2 provides a much-needed fix for action fans who have been stuck in the late summer doldrums.

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User Comments

9/25/13 David Hollingsworth Nothing new, but great stunts though 3 stars
10/24/09 Arnold100 Many thanks to the lovely Cara-Lee Ruditzky for writing the piece. , 3 stars
10/23/09 Barbara47 Yeah, it had some really good lines. , 3 stars
9/16/09 eFSumDgmdnvOgpheA doors.txt;10;15 5 stars
1/08/09 Shaun Wallner Intense Action! 4 stars
6/19/08 Ashwin good movie, worth the time and ation 4 stars
7/30/07 mr.mike great for non-stop action fans 4 stars
5/16/07 Stanley Thai Fell below my expectations because of too many action scenes. 3 stars
4/10/07 John The Speed Channel's ultimate Soggy Biscuit 2 stars
3/29/07 David I'd explain it to you, but your brain would explode 1 stars
12/13/06 Sugarfoot Dumb, Dumb, Dumb, Dumb,Dumb, Dumb (Played to Scrub's Wrong christmas jingle) 1 stars
9/26/06 Anthony Feor Lack of storyline helps the movie lose points 3 stars
8/27/06 Russell Whats wrong with you people that like the sequel over the original? 1 stars
4/13/06 MV PR Ludicrous juvenile crap w/ no plot or characters to care about 1 stars
3/16/06 Indrid Cold Not as good as the first, but still a decent actioner. 3 stars
2/03/06 tony A good sequel 4 stars
1/13/06 Bad Critic Not even close to the first one, and the plot and characters suck. Good fights, though. 2 stars
1/12/06 tatum Fun, mindless actioner- Part Deux 4 stars
1/11/06 Tamara D.Leonard Loved it...great movie. "I'm the cook" LOL 4 stars
1/09/06 lumpy SSH thinks pooping is "fun." 1 stars
12/14/05 Jon T,Smith Transporter is a great Movie ,What can he do in this one .That would get me to Buy it. 4 stars
12/06/05 Silph action lovers might enjoy it; it'll likely bore everyone else 2 stars
10/25/05 SSH This reviewer obvious hates the very concept of "fun". 4 stars
10/18/05 malcolm not nearly enough car action for a movie about a hired driver, pretty good fights though 2 stars
10/10/05 Agent Sands WHAT THE FUCK?! The 1st one had a half-assed ending, this is a no-assed movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1 stars
10/04/05 Elizabeth S Preposterous, but fun! Statham is great! 3 stars
9/29/05 Nhi needs alot of improvement. stunts better though. 3 stars
9/29/05 JOrdan ummm... i love poo on toast wat about u? 1 stars
9/26/05 Mido Statham is so good but the action is not realistic 4 stars
9/25/05 Aaron Smith Statham is excellent, but action is unrealistic, and Kate Nauta is just skanky. 3 stars
9/22/05 Fritz A little better by the first one just for the laughable action. 3 stars
9/17/05 Jonathon Holmes Jason Statham gives Clive Owen a run for his money to replace Brosman for the next Bond 4 stars
9/15/05 John betyter than No 1/ John Statham is very good 4 stars
9/07/05 bentable somewhat enjoyable to watch 4 stars
9/07/05 Jiz Kicked ass, real fun action movie, but the final fights were just WAY, WAY too ridiculous. 4 stars
9/06/05 jcjs i had fun, no brainer excitement, funny etc. 4 stars
9/06/05 brian short and sh*t 1 stars
9/05/05 Justin Enjoyable, yet a cheesefest 4 stars
9/05/05 KingNeutron Nauta is just a Milla Jovovich wannabe, but the movie was worth matinee. 3 stars
9/04/05 Jewel i enjoyed it! 4 stars
9/02/05 Ray Nothig new 3 stars
9/02/05 Blutarsky Cheapo EFX bring it down, way down. 3 stars
9/02/05 Debbie Watch it and forget it! 3 stars
8/29/05 Eddie OK 3 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  02-Sep-2005 (PG-13)
  DVD: 10-Jan-2006

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Australia
  29-Sep-2005




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