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If you think the Hollywood movies have been a little slow in action this Summer, the cure has arrived. Jason Statham has returned to repise his role as Frank Martin, The Transporter. Although Frank has traded in his BMW for an Audi, the character is the same and the action takes the first movie up several notches.
This time around, Frank is doing a favor for a friend and is "transporting" the son of a government official to and from school. Frank and the boy have developed a bond since the boy's father (played by Matthew Modine) always seems to be away from home on business and has lost touch with the boy's life (Modine's character gets his son a complete baseball outfit for his birthday, only to find out his son stopped playing last year and is now a pretty good soccer player). Unfortunately, a Miami drug runner (played by Alessandro Gassman) has plans to kidnap the child and use him as the carrier of a deadly virus to kill his father. Now it's up to Frank to save the boy and find the antidote to cure him.
If you enjoyed the first movie, this one won't disappoint. The fight sequences here are choreographed again by Corey Yuen (though he doesn't direct this time around) and Luc Beeson had a hand in the screenplay. This movie doesn't stray far from the original formula that worked so well (fast cars, martial arts battles every few minutes, Statham's quiet manner even in the midst of a dozen guys out to get him, etc). Statham keeps the character low-key through everything, as if nothing can worry the Transporter.
Unfortunately, in an attempt to take everything a step further, there are a few sequences that go over the top. Using a wave runner-on land-to keep up with a bus, literally dodging bullets in a hallway, and Martin's unorthodox method for disabling a bomb under his car are just a few of the moments to make you cringe. And the final battle with Gassman is so far steeped in unreality you'll probably find it hard to swallow the premise. Still, when it comes to one-on-ten combat with an angry mob, Statham makes it beautiful. In one scene of the first movie, he takes down two police officers while holding Qi Shu on his shoulders. In this movie, he disables several bodyguards at once in the same non-lethal manner. In fact, the movie wastes no time showing us Martin still has the moves by giving us one of the best fights in the movie within the first five minutes. And through it all, he never wrinkles his suit. And the sight of Frank behind the wheel of a Ferrari made the entire theater start talking when I watched it. If you thought he could handle a Beemer, wait until he shows you what he can do with a really fast car!
The return of a character from the first movie (I won't spoil the surprise, since I never saw them in any of the previews) really shows us Martin's not just a driving machine-he's a man with friends.
If you're looking for deep, Oscar-winning performances and the feel-good movie of the summer, you won't find it here. If you're willing to suspend your beliefs in reality for a little while and want some over-the-top action and fun, you won't want to miss The Transporter 2.
What's not to like about Michel Julienne's stunts? Cory Yuen is at his BEST, and Jason Statham is great performing his martial arts sequences!! Besides looking the part, Jason is at the peak of his game even doing most of his own stunts.Chicks with machine pistols don't really seem natural, but a little "eye
candy" just adds to the action. This is one sequel that is up there with the original!!!!
Transporter 2 is an action packed movie. In this movie the transporter (Frank Martin) is driving for a wealthy family when the family's son is kidnapped. The rest of the movie Frank Martin is trying to find the people who took the kid and get him back. This movie is full of plenty of action packed car chase scenes and fighting scenes. Some of the action is a little over the top and unbelievable, but overall this movie is fun to watch. This movie if good if you're in the mood for an action packed movie that not too serious. If you liked the first Transporter movie than you'll definitely like this one as well.
I really liked the original Transporter. A bit quirky, yes, but the car chases and Jason Statham's martial arts fighting were great. I figured Transporter 2 would be as good. It failed to improve upon the original in my opinion for two reasons. First, the story was way too outrageous. Kind of XXX-ish. Second, just a little campy with his relationship with the French cop and the boy's mom. This is a violent dude. There should be more gratuitous blood. It will give you a taste of Transporter, but falls just short. Might have rushed to get it released.
The ultimate driver, he seems to be able to do anything in this car. Jump from one building to another, outrun pursuers. He even could be romantic, if she was not married. A young boy he was transporting home from school is taken from him by kidnappers. He is a suspect, because of the manner the boy was taken. In order to save the boys life, he must take matters in his own hands. Jason Statham fans will enjoy another of his action packed movies.