Reviewing “Transporter” in 2002, I doubted that some of the action sequences were possible. “Transporter 2” sidesteps my complaint by containing action scenes that are even more impossible. For example: Seeing the reflection of a bomb in a pool of liquid under his car, and knowing that the bad guys will not explode while they are standing right next to him, racing hero car in a garage and an incline, spinning machine carefully through the air so that it makes a complete rotation and the bomb is pulled from a hook on a crane, exploding harmlessly as the car lands safely. Uh, no.
We have seen that this is absurd, but the fact is, I laughed out loud. Other stunts and computer-generated effects were as impossible as if Frank Martin (Jason Statham) flies a jet ski on a highway and pops it in the back of a school bus. And when he uses a fire hose to immobilize a posse of killers. And when escaping from a plane that crashed in the ocean. And when he leads a police chase up ramps of a parking garage and then crashes his car through a wall of the garage, and fly hundreds of feet through the air to a safe landing.
Or “Transporter 2” is wall to wall with absurd action, or it is not a sequel “Transporter”. And in fact, the sequel is a better film than the original, as if the writer-producer Luc Besson had a clearer idea of what he wanted to do (and did not want to do); direction of Louis Leterrier, whose “Unleashed,” released just three months ago, had that savage chemistry between a gangster (Bob Hoskins) and a fighter (Jet Li), he raised like a dog. The film was also written and produced by Luc Besson, who is the hardest thing in show business. There’s IMDb.com if you want to feel tired just reading about his plans.
“Transporter 2” is better for several reasons, one of them which has an ingenious plot that continues to reveal surprises and complications well into the third act; this is not simply a movie where the good guy chases the bad guys, but a film where the story gets more complicated than we expected. Start with Frank Martin helping a friend by filling in for a month as a driver and bodyguard for a cute kid named Jack (Hunter Clary), whose father Jackson (Matthew Modine) leads the United States Agency for narcotics. The kid is kidnapped in a bizarre scheme involving a fake doctor, and then he returned too soon and without ransom money was taken, and it seems that the kidnapping – well, you’ll see for yourself. Let me note that the methods of the kidnappers involves scientific ingeniozitatea raised to evil genius. No, I recently saw a movie with a better reason why the worst bad guy can not be allowed to sink to the ocean floor along with the plane crashed.
But not another word about it. Jason Statham is amusing as a man whose emotions are so well under control that he can barely be bothered to have any. He plays in several martial arts sequences, he can delete whole platoons of enemies. They are used Gianni (Alessandro Gassman), a very large, average really, really smart villain. Modine plays effective role sniveling bureaucrat, Amber Valletta is effective as long-suffering wife, and Kate Nauta plays Lola, a deadly vixen who consider themselves dressed after her troweled on her eye makeup; Lola, run, mascara run.
There is an interest in developing a product placement students. The Transporter drive an Audi. First photos of securities plays like an advertisement for the car. It is a car quite well, taking full advantage of all-wheel drive as it survives those incredible stunts. So sturdy is its construction that after crashes through the concrete wall while jumping to the other building, there is not even a scratch on the shiny silver circles on the front of the machine.
There is some history here. In the original film, Frank Martin drove a BMW. Now he leads Audi. It seems that BMW has not signed on for the sequel.
Strange: On the same day I saw this film, I saw another thriller, “Memory of a Killer”, where the characters hate BMWs so much they urinate in keyhole automobile. Among them I saw a film about Truman Capote that this mostly Chevrolets, which must come as a relief for the home office in Bavaria BMW. It’s bad enough when Transporter switches brands, but when Capote drops you, you’re done.