Transporter 2 Reviews

  • Jan 30, 2021

    A sequel that's almost on par with its predecessor meaning that if you didn't like the first film, this one won't change your mind. Certain stunts have Fast-and-Furious levels of implausibility, the editor sometimes goes into panic mode (notably a fight against a random mook that appears to be the same one from the beginning of the movie which started with a much better opening fight that has nothing to do with the actual story) and there's some really bad chroma keying and, in the climax, a CGI airplane that looks like it came straight out of Air Force One. But if, like me, you had fun watching the first film, Transporter 2 is a fun, above-average action sequel with decent acting, legitimately funny moments and really fun action sequences with great choreography (which makes the one full of headache-inducing jump cut all the more jarring, especially since I'm not somebody who actively looks for continuity errors in movies, yet I felt that there were errors in the midst of all those cuts), that more than compensate for the formulaic plot.

    A sequel that's almost on par with its predecessor meaning that if you didn't like the first film, this one won't change your mind. Certain stunts have Fast-and-Furious levels of implausibility, the editor sometimes goes into panic mode (notably a fight against a random mook that appears to be the same one from the beginning of the movie which started with a much better opening fight that has nothing to do with the actual story) and there's some really bad chroma keying and, in the climax, a CGI airplane that looks like it came straight out of Air Force One. But if, like me, you had fun watching the first film, Transporter 2 is a fun, above-average action sequel with decent acting, legitimately funny moments and really fun action sequences with great choreography (which makes the one full of headache-inducing jump cut all the more jarring, especially since I'm not somebody who actively looks for continuity errors in movies, yet I felt that there were errors in the midst of all those cuts), that more than compensate for the formulaic plot.

  • Jan 29, 2021

    The first movie was an unexpected hit and then this catastrophe was released. Still watchable if you have weird sense of humor like I do.

    The first movie was an unexpected hit and then this catastrophe was released. Still watchable if you have weird sense of humor like I do.

  • Oct 09, 2020

    A very fun modern "action" film in every sense of the word "action". The filmmakers seem to be aware of what they are doing and don't let up in the slightest. Transporter 2 is essentially a well-made montage of charmingly over-the-top piece of entertainment that accompanies popcorn-munching.

    A very fun modern "action" film in every sense of the word "action". The filmmakers seem to be aware of what they are doing and don't let up in the slightest. Transporter 2 is essentially a well-made montage of charmingly over-the-top piece of entertainment that accompanies popcorn-munching.

  • Sep 07, 2020

    Leterrier sacrificed serious authenticity for a comical action shootout that's still a blast. Louis Leterrier's French action thriller The Transporter 2 (2005) is fairly well made for a simple series of fighting and driving sequences. It's more polished than the first movie, but I do think it has many issues nonetheless. Leterrier's direction is more focused, giving Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen's crime drama story a real serious weight. But Besson still writes like a sexist Frenchman with no regard for depth for his female characters at all. The characters are all cardboard cliche after cliche. I wish there was more serious talk about being a Transporter like the first movie as this gets truly terrible like Jason Statham slicking up his arm with oil yet again or using watermelons as boxing gloves. However, the action scenes are more absurd and unrealistic like a superhero cartoon and relies way too much on dated CGI. The Transporter had creative stunts, intricate choreography, and neat practical effects throughout, while The Transporter 2 goes wild with CGI and awkward choreography at times. They got more ambitious with the stunts and choreography, leading to fun fights like the fire hose or the metal beam one, but there's also the ridiculous car flip scrapping into a hook to tear a bomb off the bottom of the car that feel so dumb. The Transporter 2's barebones story is effective thanks to Leterrier's nuanced direction, but the fights feel too slow and too far between one another compared to The Transporter's quick fists with faster choreography. Christine Lucas Navarro and Vincent Tabaillon's editing is not your typical action editing fest with endless jump cuts everywhere. They allow fights to carry out fairly naturally, despite the superhuman strength, endurance, flexibility, and skill that the transporter should not be able to accomplish. It's only 87 minutes and feels faster paced, though there should certainly have been more hand to hand combat and driving sequences as the car stunts and gunfights are not as gripping as the first movie's violent encounters. Mitchell Amundsen and Fabrice Bismuth's cinematography is pretty and cleaner, yet not as natural and memorable as the uniquely French filmmaking of the first movie. This looks and feels like a standard Hollywood movie now, which means it's just not very remarkable. Their wide shots are effective with some tender and sleek close-ups, but the action is shot rather dull. Many of the conversations feel flat and boring compared to the more intimate, organic feel of the first film. Alexandre Azaria's score is full of strange rock riffs and moments of odd French hip hop, but his symphonic segments are pretty gripping and add a sense of gravitas compared to the first transporter movie's goofy, terrible French score. It's less unique musically, but more suspenseful and absorbing like a thriller's score probably should be, not distracting you thinking, "why would they ever include this?" as the first feature's awkward tunes beg the question. Jason Statham looks bored and unemotional, but he delivers exciting fight after fight. I still wish there was more action and driving in total as Statham gets less to do than the villains I feel. He's a cool lead as Transporter Frank Martin and he looks capable of his many fights. Things just go overboard like his car flips or jump over cars in an unrealistic manner. Alessandro Gassman is a cooler villain than the first movie's lackluster antagonist, but he does nothing I swear. Kate Nauta's hot, trigger happy Lola is at least interesting and seductive in a playful way. Besson clearly doesn't care about women because she gets no development after practically leading the movie, then goes out to spikes that are there for some reason. Amber Valletta's Audrey is the lonely, dissatisfied housewife cliche turned up to 11 as she desperately wants Jason Statham, then all the romance is gone, and you're left with an unsatisfying conclusion all around as she goes back to her dumb, sexist husband. Matthew Modine is terrible and one note as her awful spouse, while Keith David's detective or FBI or whatever he's supposed to be does absolutely nothing in the entire film. Jason Flemyng's vaguely European villain is pretty entertaining opposite Jason Statham. At least Francois Berleand saves the movie with his hilarious and lovable French Police Inspector Tarconi, but even he's in the movie considerably less than the first picture. In all, The Transporter 2 is more competent, yet cheaper in feel than The Transporter.

    Leterrier sacrificed serious authenticity for a comical action shootout that's still a blast. Louis Leterrier's French action thriller The Transporter 2 (2005) is fairly well made for a simple series of fighting and driving sequences. It's more polished than the first movie, but I do think it has many issues nonetheless. Leterrier's direction is more focused, giving Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen's crime drama story a real serious weight. But Besson still writes like a sexist Frenchman with no regard for depth for his female characters at all. The characters are all cardboard cliche after cliche. I wish there was more serious talk about being a Transporter like the first movie as this gets truly terrible like Jason Statham slicking up his arm with oil yet again or using watermelons as boxing gloves. However, the action scenes are more absurd and unrealistic like a superhero cartoon and relies way too much on dated CGI. The Transporter had creative stunts, intricate choreography, and neat practical effects throughout, while The Transporter 2 goes wild with CGI and awkward choreography at times. They got more ambitious with the stunts and choreography, leading to fun fights like the fire hose or the metal beam one, but there's also the ridiculous car flip scrapping into a hook to tear a bomb off the bottom of the car that feel so dumb. The Transporter 2's barebones story is effective thanks to Leterrier's nuanced direction, but the fights feel too slow and too far between one another compared to The Transporter's quick fists with faster choreography. Christine Lucas Navarro and Vincent Tabaillon's editing is not your typical action editing fest with endless jump cuts everywhere. They allow fights to carry out fairly naturally, despite the superhuman strength, endurance, flexibility, and skill that the transporter should not be able to accomplish. It's only 87 minutes and feels faster paced, though there should certainly have been more hand to hand combat and driving sequences as the car stunts and gunfights are not as gripping as the first movie's violent encounters. Mitchell Amundsen and Fabrice Bismuth's cinematography is pretty and cleaner, yet not as natural and memorable as the uniquely French filmmaking of the first movie. This looks and feels like a standard Hollywood movie now, which means it's just not very remarkable. Their wide shots are effective with some tender and sleek close-ups, but the action is shot rather dull. Many of the conversations feel flat and boring compared to the more intimate, organic feel of the first film. Alexandre Azaria's score is full of strange rock riffs and moments of odd French hip hop, but his symphonic segments are pretty gripping and add a sense of gravitas compared to the first transporter movie's goofy, terrible French score. It's less unique musically, but more suspenseful and absorbing like a thriller's score probably should be, not distracting you thinking, "why would they ever include this?" as the first feature's awkward tunes beg the question. Jason Statham looks bored and unemotional, but he delivers exciting fight after fight. I still wish there was more action and driving in total as Statham gets less to do than the villains I feel. He's a cool lead as Transporter Frank Martin and he looks capable of his many fights. Things just go overboard like his car flips or jump over cars in an unrealistic manner. Alessandro Gassman is a cooler villain than the first movie's lackluster antagonist, but he does nothing I swear. Kate Nauta's hot, trigger happy Lola is at least interesting and seductive in a playful way. Besson clearly doesn't care about women because she gets no development after practically leading the movie, then goes out to spikes that are there for some reason. Amber Valletta's Audrey is the lonely, dissatisfied housewife cliche turned up to 11 as she desperately wants Jason Statham, then all the romance is gone, and you're left with an unsatisfying conclusion all around as she goes back to her dumb, sexist husband. Matthew Modine is terrible and one note as her awful spouse, while Keith David's detective or FBI or whatever he's supposed to be does absolutely nothing in the entire film. Jason Flemyng's vaguely European villain is pretty entertaining opposite Jason Statham. At least Francois Berleand saves the movie with his hilarious and lovable French Police Inspector Tarconi, but even he's in the movie considerably less than the first picture. In all, The Transporter 2 is more competent, yet cheaper in feel than The Transporter.

  • Sep 04, 2020

    Great fun from start to finish. All the action is over the top, but who cares, thats part of the fun. Jason does a great job here and the car scenes are really fun. loved it..

    Great fun from start to finish. All the action is over the top, but who cares, thats part of the fun. Jason does a great job here and the car scenes are really fun. loved it..

  • Aug 18, 2020

    More over the top than the first for some that will be a plus others it may be too much.

    More over the top than the first for some that will be a plus others it may be too much.

  • Jul 18, 2020

    It certainly is better than the first installment. Better refinement to the plot and the relationships between the characters, and a slightly more plausible threat to the world. Better action and fight sequences, not quite as good with the chase sequences, as they become more Bond like. The super villains are much more cartoonish and do not exude criminal genius. Still, an entertaining flick for the action junkies.

    It certainly is better than the first installment. Better refinement to the plot and the relationships between the characters, and a slightly more plausible threat to the world. Better action and fight sequences, not quite as good with the chase sequences, as they become more Bond like. The super villains are much more cartoonish and do not exude criminal genius. Still, an entertaining flick for the action junkies.

  • Jun 27, 2020

    Much the same as the original. Really clever fight scenes and a fun story. Fans of the original will love it.

    Much the same as the original. Really clever fight scenes and a fun story. Fans of the original will love it.

  • May 13, 2020

    More of the same but even more fun this thriller is better than the first and it's a good movie for any action junkie.

    More of the same but even more fun this thriller is better than the first and it's a good movie for any action junkie.

  • Apr 17, 2020

    Good!story was decent little over the top scenes amazing action with little comedy by old officer!

    Good!story was decent little over the top scenes amazing action with little comedy by old officer!