A Film Review By Jason L. King
|Rating:Rated PG-13 for violence, disturbing images, some partial nudity and thematic material
Directed By:Louis Leterrier
What happens when you give a monkey the keys to a Hollywood writing room and tell them to write an action film? You get one of the most awesomely bad action flicks of recent history that’s what. A few years ago someone who may not have been fully sane greenlit “The Transporter.” Who would have guessed that that insane person would greenlight a sequel to the film!
Jason Statham returns as Frank Martin, The Transporter, in this late summer high octane flick, The Transporter 2. A few years from where we left off at the end of the first film, we find Frank well off in Miami still transporting goods for people no questions asked as well as chauffeuring a young boy around as a favor to a friend. But when the boy becomes part of a kidnapping plot and a threat to national security, Frank finds himself back in the game again in full force. Fast cars, gunfire and high action martial arts fill the big screen as The Transporter saves the day the only way he knows how.
Make no mistake, this was the cheesiest film I have seen in a while. On a cheese scale of 1-10 I give this film a 12, and yet somehow still can say I enjoyed it. It’s pointless action, pointless action and more pointless action with eccentric bad guys and horrific special effects and an even more ridiculous plot. But then again if you were hoping for Oscar winning material, you were definitely in the wrong theater to begin with.
Fans of the original film (there are probably only a handful of them) should rest assured that this film pulls out all the stops when It comes to entertainment. While the martial arts are choreographed well, a lot of the time they are so over the top that they look cool and are fun to watch but very unbelievable.
Jason Statham makes the film enjoyable. Statham does a wonderful job in this fluff role, and is building a small franchise off a movie that never should have seen it’s way to the big screen in the first place. Statham has the charisma to carry a major role, and is fun to watch. His performance is laughable at times, but that’s mainly because the script doesn’t give him much to work with. It’s easy to point out The Transporter 2’s faults, after all they stick out like a sore thumb. The ridiculous villain woman who for some reason wears only lingerie, Frank’s odd ball way of disarming a bomb from his car, or worst of all the badly done computer generated out of control airplane are all easy examples of where the Transporter fails. But one really must ask, does a film like this take itself seriously?
So is the Transporter 2 good? It’s not good by most standards. Its plot is terrible, its special effects are almost idiotic and it may be a waste of your hard-earned money to see it in theaters. But if you are a fan of the first film, or just a fan of REALLY cheesy action films you’ll have a soft spot for the Transporter 2 just like I do. I’d love to tell you to forget this film ever existed, but Jason Statham is just too cool for me to do that. This film screams “guilty pleasure” for me, but who said I have any credibility in the movie world anyway? If they make a 3rd Transporter film, I’d be there. I guess that means Transporter 2 gets 2 thumbs up from me!