Transporter 2 review

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  1. Chuck Mayer

    Chuck Mayer Lead Actor

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    I'll make this short and sweet.

    This is one movie that knows exactly what it is. The ads are selling EXACTLY the movie you will see. One of the best over-the-top action fests put to celluloid.

    I loved the commercials for the first film (I still laugh when the front door comes down), but was rather let down by the actual movie. It had good scenes, but it left me quite cold. So why see the sequel? I miss the 80's.

    This is a noticeable improvement over the first film. It embraces the mentality, has fun with it, and provides better direction and cinematography. Plus...Keith David (too briefly).

    That said, the SFX company should leave it off the sizzle reel and resume. Terrible. But suitable for the film.

    It does NOT ask you to leave your brain at the door. It doors ask you to leave it in a low gear. Still, it knows how silly it is, and being in on the joke makes it much more pleasureable to watch.

    As a film, 6/10.

    As what it is, 100/10.

    Worth the money if you like the ads.

    I'll see the 3rd,
    Chuck
     
  2. Jim Barg

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    Well said, Chuck. It was essentially 90 minutes of car porn, bad CG and a crazy female assasin in lingerie (why? who knows? who cares?). During one part, I was half expecting the usher to come in and hand me a PS2 controller, it was so over the top (best disengaging of a bomb EVER).

    I'll be seeing it again (and finally picking up the first film on DVD while I'm at it, with the coupon I got with my ticket).
     
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    I loved it.
    Great and the best over the top action movie.
    and it's so cool.

    Jason Statham is our next action star/Jackie Chan/James Bond

    I really thought(from the trailer) that adding the kid might ruin it.
    Especially the line the kid utters in the trailer(but got edited out of the movie)
    "But what about you?!"(as the kid is trying to escape the doctors office.)

    I'm also wondering if there was a harder R cut of the film, when Jason's character kicks the woman into the spiked art on the wall

    I loved the last scene and Jason's last words.
    makes you want to say
    Yes! I want a Transporter 3!
     
  4. Inspector Hammer!

    Inspector Hammer! Executive Producer

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    I think I may make an effort to go see this, I really enjoyed the original and think that Jason Statham just oozes COOL in these film's.

    I love the door shot in the first film, too...*DING DONG* (bad guy peeks out the peephole) BAM!! Avon calling my ass LOL!
     
  5. Shane Martin

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    I saw this as well with my free movie ticket. It is exactly what it appears to be. Over the top and ludicrous.

    But dang is it not a helluva lot of fun.


    6 out of 10 is a perfect score. Go have fun and see it for the price of a matinee.
     
  6. George_W_K

    George_W_K Screenwriter

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    I saw this today and was kind of disappointed. It had some good parts, but too many bad ones to justify seeing this at the theater. I don't mind over the top, but this movie took a few scenes way too far. And the final action scene was terrible. Some of the worst CG I've ever seen. Not to mention a complete lack of physics.

    This strayed too far from the original as far as I'm concerned and wish I had only rented it. It's too bad, because Jason Statham plays this part really well. I hope the third goes back to being a little more grounded in reality.

    There were a few good fight scenes though, and I liked some of the humor.

    Overall - 4.5 out of 10.
     
  7. Jason Harbaugh

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    I think this film suffered the same problems the sequels to Charlie's Angels and Tomb Raider had. While the originals were over the top with plenty of situations that required leaving your brain at the door, they still kept the action, stunts and events grounded in their respected worlds. Their sequels and Transporter 2 tossed that logic out the window and went for pure over the top unbelievableness with piss poor CGI as the icing on this sour cake.

    I thought the first one was great entertainment, but the second just makes me roll my eyes wondering why. It's a shame too since I really like Stathom and want to see him get a successful franchise for himself. I'll go see T3 if they bring it back to planet Earth.
     
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    I like it, but liked the first one much more. The last battle wasn't very good seeing how the bad guy was shown earlier to be a tuff bad ass in his sparing match/practice.
     
  9. DaveF

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    In the theatrical doldrums of early September, when there's absolutely nothing worthwhile to see, Transporter 2 will entertain. But like the first Transporter, it's a suprisingly uninteresting action movie, despite the big explosions and over the top fights.

    The lead, Jason Latham, suggests an interesting action hero, but the material lets him down. Perhaps in a better vehicle, he would shine.
     
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    I saw the previews for this movie before "Fantastic Four" and wondered "Why?" I mean, I'm probably the only one here that thought the original "Transporter" was just an 'OK' movie. So I'm thinking, alright, so they're doing a sequel needlessly.
    Well, I just saw "Transporter 2" as a matinee yesterday after work, and really liked it! I thought the Transporter's assignment was kinda lame, but I'm a sucker for a good 'kid-in-danger-so-what's-mom-and-dad-gonna-do
    -type of movie.
    Makes me want to go rent the original again and give it a second spin. [​IMG]
     
  11. Andres Munoz

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    I finally got chance to see this movie. I loved the first one. I think it came out of nowhere, with no big action stars and not such a big budget (I think). But it surprised the hell out of me. It was creative and very entertaining.

    This sequel is great fun as well but I was expecting the action to be a little more grounded in reality and obviously, this is not the case here. I was completely caught off guard for what was coming. I don't blame the movie though. I blame myself for expecting something different than what I saw.

    I think now knowing how over the top this movie is and how it doesn't take itself too seriously, I can probably watch it a second time and enjoy it a lot more.

    The action scenes were great and the hand to hand combat choreography was as good as the first. I agree, it was disappointing to see how easily the main villain was dispatched after making him out to be a total bad ass in the beginning of the film. And that Audi...man, that's a cool car.

    They set it up for yet another sequel and I will welcome it with open arms. Jason Stratham is a cool guy playing a very cool character and I wish him success with this franchise.

    Give me more.
     
  12. Patrick Sun

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    I like how Frank is ready for almost every contingency wardrobe-wise.
     

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