THE TRANSPORTER 2
Mercenary Turns Hero
Release Date: September 02, 2005
Starring: Jason Statham, Alessandro
Gassman, Amber Valletta, and
Genre: Action Thriller/Martial Arts
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 87 Minutes
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Director: Louis Leterrier
Executive Producer: Terry Miller
Producer: Luc Besson & Steve Chasman
Writer: Luc Besson and Robert Mark
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Peter Chernin, President/COO
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Frank has made a promise to young Jack: that he wouldn’t let anyone hurt Jack, and one of Frank’s rules is to never make a promise you can’t keep. So, Frank finds himself out on the lamb against federal agents who are trying convict him of Jack’s kidnapping. While Frank is being hunted, he must also hunt down the man who is responsible for Jack’s kidnapping.
However, once Jack is reunited with his family, the villain’s true master plan is revealed. Young Jack has been infected with a deadly virus and anyone he comes in contact with is infected as well. Jack’s father, a drug enforcement politician, becomes infected unknowingly and heads to a large political summit with key leaders from all over the world. Now, Frank must use all of his skills and prowess as an ex-Special Forces operative as he races against the clock to find the antidote, not only to save his young friend Jack but also to stop a potential world-wide epidemic.
From the reluctant hero, to the archetypal villain, to the countless gun-toting thugs, to the high-speed car chases, to the massive explosions, TRANSPORTER 2 has all the elements of a formula Hollywood action movie. Director Louis Leterrier has definitely studied the action film genre. The movie’s auto-action sequences are expertly done, and the fight scenes are well-choreographed. Using quick cuts and edits, along with well-placed camera angles, Leterrier tackles the film with style and flair.
Jason Statham reprises his role as Frank Martin, and he plays it with an enjoyable mix of no-nonsense-tough-guy, heartwarming hero and a dash of humor. He is joined by a great cast which includes international film star Alessandro Gassman, who plays the egomaniacal Gianni with superb strength; as well as Amber Valetta and Matthew Modine, who portray the political couple, Mr. and Mrs. Billings. They nicely fill the roles as Jack’s estranged parents. Jack is likeably played by young newcomer Hunter Clary.
Then there is Kate Nauta, who plays the vicious Lola, a sadomasochistic assassin who is only able to kill if she is in her lingerie and military boots. Lola is by far the weakest character in the film, which is strange considering she is supposed to fill the role of “unstoppable killer.” The fact that the director had to put this lovely young woman into lingerie every time she went on a rampage was a weak and impotent character choice. . . not to mention that it just added unneeded sexuality into the film.
The movie’s script itself is just a vehicle for the vehicles, the driver and the action sequences. There were no major plot twists; the story was straight-forward. There is absolutely no heavy-thinking in this one; only heavy-hitting. Plus, the movie also falls prey to the sequel-trap of less plot, bigger explosions, more fights, and oftentimes hilariously unbelievable, over-the-top stunts.
The philosophical danger in this film is that it follows in the footsteps of many others in its genre such as: The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and Man On Fire, by extolling vigilante justice and supporting the idea of the reluctant anti-hero. It seems that Hollywood still believes that the only way to get anything done is to do it yourself, even if that means breaking laws and going outside the system. The movie also praises the idea that as long as the anti-hero attains his goal, it does not matter how many innocent people are hurt in the process because “the end justifies the means.” Even so, in this story, Frank is often motivated by a desire to do good, save the little boy and defend himself rather than exact vengeance. Thus, the movie has a light moral worldview, despite its questionable elements.
Overall, TRANSPORTER 2 is an enjoyable action romp that is stylistic and thrilling. This movie is definitely an extreme caution, however, because of its intense action sequences, pervasive violence, partial nudity, and brief foul language, including one muffled "f" word (see our CONTENT section above for more details).
TRANSPORTER 2 is an enjoyable action romp that is stylistic and thrilling. Jason Statham reprises his role as Frank Martin, and he plays it with an enjoyable mix of no-nonsense-tough-guy, heartwarming hero and a dash of humor. Even so, some of the stunts are over-the-top and laughable. Also, this movie is definitely an extreme caution, because of its intense action sequences, pervasive violence, partial nudity, and brief foul language. Despite these negative elements, the movie has a light moral worldview.