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Transporter 2
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by brianorndorf

"Loopy, but heaps of fun"
4 stars

If “The Transporter” was a picture teetering on the edge of silliness, “Transporter 2” takes a smiling swan dive into the deep end of the implausibility pool. A goofy sequel, “Transporter 2” is a noticeable improvement over the original film, if only because it’s such high-flying European filmmaking without American embarrassment or overkill. You don’t see that much anymore.

Entrusted with the transportation of a government official’s (Matthew Modine) child, mercenary-turned-driver Frank Martin (Jason Statham) finds himself caught up in the family’s troubles, which goes against his every instinct. On a routine trip to the pediatrician, Frank and the kid are confronted by kidnappers (including a scene-stealing Jason Flemyng), who manage to inject the boy with a deadly virus, and frame Frank for the kidnapping in the process. Out to retrieve the child, find the antidote, and clear his name, Frank begins to scour the Miami landscape to find the perpetrators and bring them to justice the only way he can: through massive amounts of ass kicking.

The 2002 sleeper hit “The Transporter” caught some attention with its slight tendency toward lunacy, tight fight choreography, and appealing direction by Corey Yuen. “Transporter” also gave rise to actor Jason Statham, who utilized his grizzled charms to great effect. Now back with a sequel, director Louis Leterrier (“Unleashed”) and his boss Luc Besson (who produces and co-writes) have upped the ante substantially for this new adventure. Heavens, if you thought the original film was a lot to swallow, I would suggest an extra dose of suspension-of-disbelief pills before you take “Transporter 2” on.

Besson and his production team teetered on the edge of silliness with “Transporter,” but that was part of the fun. A much needed loosening up of the action genre (without spilling into parody), the original film was immensely convoluted, and just as enjoyable, delivering on lean PG-13 thrills in a unique way, conveying Besson’s glee in getting away with such outlandish action sequences. For the sequel, Besson has done away with the teasing, and plunges straight into absurdity. “Transporter 2” is a full out cartoon, almost touching James Bondian heights with its collection of wildly improbable stunts and outrageous slapfights. Each new scene is crazier than the last, which is why the sequel is a marked improvement over the original. Leterrier isn’t shy about letting his film go bonkers, never stopping it for logic purposes, instead leaning into the fattening fun, and enjoying the bizarre theatrics that Besson has lined up for him.

And Besson has let his imagination rocket to outer space this time around. The highlight of “Transporter” was an oil fight between Frank and his enemies, in which the participants slid around the floor searching for the kill. In “Transporter 2,” an oil fight seems like kitten play, so Besson takes Frank on an action film set-piece odyssey that features him on a jet ski vs. school bus chase, becoming a lethal weapon with a fire hose, and engaging in a zero-G fight aboard a plummeting airplane. Couple that with amazing car stunts that have Frank flying and twisting through the air with alarming ease, and “Transporter 2” wins the 2005 award for most ludicrous production of the year. However, it’s hard to deny the European energy the film creates, and the way Statham is coolly magnetic in the middle of all the chaos. Sure, Leterrier goes a bit too far with the editing at times, and oddly, for a film of this budget, the film features dreadful CGI, but the daredevil spirit of the script is infectious. Not to mention, Frenchman Besson rarely falls prey to the ugly crutches of multiple explosions and endless glass-breaking that always ruin American productions.

Besson also earns extra points for introducing model Kate Nauta to the big screen. A punky blonde with legs as long as city blocks, Nauta fits the role of assassin Lola like a glove, adding a perfect unnerving sexual element in the middle of all the fisticuffs. Armed with handheld WMDs and clad at all times in lingerie, Nauta cuts quite a figure in “Transporter 2” and does a grand job stealing attention away from Statham.

I’ll say it again: “Transporter 2” is one goofy bastard of a film. Even for fans of the original movie, it’ll be hard to shut off the brain and enjoy the ride.

However, if you can make the leap alongside Besson’s limitless imagination, this sequel tops the original, and opens itself to wonderful possibilities for the rule-loving character and his immaculate black car for a third installment.

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User Comments

9/14/17 morris campbell more of the same good action though 4 stars
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
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