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Transporter 2 (2005)

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51

Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 119
Fresh: 61 | Rotten: 58

A stylish and more focused sequel to The Transporter, the movie is over-the-top fun for fans of the first movie.

50

Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 30
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 15

A stylish and more focused sequel to The Transporter, the movie is over-the-top fun for fans of the first movie.

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Average Rating: 3.3/5
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Driver and muscle for hire Frank Martin returns in this sequel to the 2002 box-office hit. Frank Martin (Jason Statham) is a former special-forces officer who will transport anything anywhere for a price, and his latest assignment is acting as chauffeur for Jack Billings (Hunter Clary), the young son of politician Jefferson Billings (Matthew Modine), who has garnered no small amount of controversy for his aggressive efforts to stamp out the trade in illegal drugs. One day, Frank is to take Jack

PG-13,

Action & Adventure

Robert Mark Kamen, Luc Besson

Jan 10, 2006

$43.0M

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All Critics (121) | Top Critics (31) | Fresh (61) | Rotten (58) | DVD (25)

"Transporter 2" is cheap, shiny, indefensible junk, a Hot Wheels hot rod encased in a glossy plastic blister pack. But come on -- you know you want it.

October 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Salon.com
Salon.com
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There is absolutely nothing subtle about "Transporter 2." But if you like your action movies to be ACTION movies, this one is fast-paced, unapologetic escapism.

January 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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In essence, it's more of the same.

September 10, 2005 Full Review Source: ReelViews
ReelViews
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Besson doesn't fiddle with the first movie's formula -- impossible car chases punctuated by impossible martial arts sequences.

September 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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Careens wildly off course before finally running out of gas.

September 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Statham isn't the best thing in Transporter 2; he's essentially the only thing.

September 2, 2005 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Is a lot of fun, and I enjoyed it in all its ludicrous devices, and idiocy...

April 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Armed with a myriad of gravity (and logic) defying set pieces...

November 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Preposterous!

May 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Upstage Magazine
Upstage Magazine

Besides a fun script and never-a-dull-moment directing, Jason Statham really deserves praise for his screen presence. Expect mindless action and have a great time.

September 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card
Hollywood Report Card

Better than the original.

January 17, 2006 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

Transporter 2 is so lightweight and frivolous, it makes one of Roger Moore's Bond epics look like Crime and Punishment.

January 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

I'm pretty sure Transporter 2 is the dumbest movie I've ever seen.

January 7, 2006 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Comments (4)
eFilmCritic.com

Undemanding punters are guaranteed 90 minutes of dopey, derivative and gloriously disposable entertainment.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: BBC

Sure, it's blissfully energetic, but it's also exhaustingly idiotic.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

If you're at all picky about the laws of physics or if you liked the superior first film, I do not recommend seeing this film sober.

October 2, 2005 Full Review Source: Cinerina

Much like a James Bond movie, only more playful and entertaining than that series has managed in many years, Transporter 2 isn't a continuation of the last one, it's another action enterprise unto itself.

September 26, 2005 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

The ending sinks the enterprise (both literally and figuratively) with bad FX and subpar action-movie one-liners.

September 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

All action, all the time, with no pauses to catch your breath, or, more significantly, to figure out what's going on.

September 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

It's not a bad sequel, but the original was, well, original. There are some overplayed elements, but the action is snappy and the danger is credible.

September 23, 2005 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

The car chases are fierce, the fight sequences are appropriately staged and shot, and Statham's allure as the title character is undeniable.

September 21, 2005 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

It's punishment that looks like pleasure.

September 16, 2005 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

the hand-to-hand combat scenes are the best of the year

September 16, 2005 Full Review
New Times

Fast-paced sequel featuring British B-movie action guy Jason Statham delivers what it promises, and not too much more.

September 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Netflix
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Audience Reviews for Transporter 2

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Transporter 2 does everything that The Transporter did but better. However the original wasn't worth writing home about anyhow so the compliment is minimal. It split opinions, this sequel has caused the same debate. The problem at heart with The Transporter movies is that an opinion on them depends on patience and sympathy towards non sensical, over the top, illogical exploitation movies. The first film worked within an inch of it's teeth, simply, because Jason Statham was in it. Genuinely he's just a guy who's good at what he does. He was the perfect man for the lead in this franchise. If there is anyone who can play a post hero man on the edge, I would point him out of the crowd. On the technical side of things, this is loads more slicker than the original. It's more action packed (that's saying something), has better acting, and producer Luc Besson actually puts a plot into the mix. But the cartoonish and lightfooted second unit directing and illogical plot points genuinely test your patience. The first film did the same but not to this extent. There's only so much you can get away with. Luc Besson has managed to escape narrative logic on many occassions eg. Taken, District 13. Thankfully, he does it again here. The film allows you to relax into it's absurdities before going all out fantastical on you. It's also a bonus that the direction is superior to it's predecessor due to the addition of visual flare. It's definitely worth pointing also that supporting villian Kate Nauta is brilliant. Overall, it's better constructed than the first one and succeeds overall as light hearted entertainment. At least for me anyway, due in most part to my belief in Statham, and that he fits into the role like a jigsaw. However if anyone else played the transporter character, it would never have worked the first time. I've unashamedly got a bit of a soft spot for the absurdidness fun of this franchise, but that's more than I can say for a number of people.
December 2, 2012
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JASONSTATHAMDRIVES80MPH,FLIPSHISCARINTHEAIRWHILEHITTINGTHEBOMBATTACHEDTOHISCARTOBLOWUPINSMITHERINES. yup, that's the movie
March 9, 2012
Albert Kim

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I must applaud Kate Nauta for her role as Lola, the film's main antagonist. Remember the female cyborg from TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES? Or the Catwoman from BATMAN RETURNS? Nauta's character is similar to those characters in too many ways: her appearance is slick, creepy, and demented. Even better, this was her first role in film.

Sadly, Nauta's performance cannot hold up for an entire 90 minutes, even if that really is not long at all. Though strong, she has already begun using the same tricks again by the time the 70-minute mark hits. With Statham's thin act and the dreadfully superficial plot, it's easy to get bored with a film such as TRANSPORTER 2.

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December 20, 2011
spielberg00

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Transporter 2 is very much like the first transporter but with a huge dollop of fromage. It's very knowing though as the tongue is very much in cheek and it's all the better for not taking itself too seriously. I like the way continued the buddy aspect with Inspector Tarconi from the first film, although it does make for a confused character in Frank Martin. Matthew Modine has fallen on hard times it seems ans why is Keith David so overlooked. Nice to see Jason Flemyng teaming up with Jason Statham again though!
August 17, 2011
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