Transporter 2 (2005)
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In Transporter 2, Frank moves to Miami where he's acting as chauffeur/bodyguard to the son of an important man, a kid who gets kidnapped as part of a ploy to assassinate a roomful of world leaders. It's definitely a lesser film, using as it does, American action movie clichés like sciency virus Kool-Aid in high-tech containers and an over-complicated plan. T2 is also a lot less grounded in reality than T1 was, with Frank's precision skills approaching superhero levels (the famous unhook the bomb from under the car by doing a 360 degree jump under a crane sequence shown in the trailers being a particularly good example), but I don't really mind it. I'm used to extreme action from all the Chinese films I watch, and the franchise does have Hong King cinema in its DNA. The movie does throw some pleasant twists on the first one (starting in a parking garage, for example, and confounding expectations on his current job), and while I wish the Inspector had a more interesting role, he does provide some comic relief and I like the friendship between then. We've still got over-the-top villains, but even the psycho killer in her lingerie isn't as egregious a character as Schulze's "Wall Street". A pleasant follow-up even if it doesn't outdo the original.
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Jason's charisma is the only thing keeping it from being
a GINORMOUSLY HUGE stinking pile of dolphin excrement
I hated the first Transporter, but this is actually a lot of fun. It doesn't take itself anywhere near as seriously, and seems content to just be stupidly entertaining, which it really is. The soundtrack is a lot better, as are the supporting actors and the action scenes, which all have a defining gimmick which sets them apart from each other quite effectively (I particularly enjoyed the fire hose scene).
I'd say it's only really held back by the PG-13 rating (which admittedly it pushes to the absolute limit) and terrible CGI. Besides that though, it's definitely worth a watch if you're a fan of Statham's action movies, but don't expect anything close to a Crank level of fun and self-aware ridiculous awesomeness.
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