Bottom Line: The first film called for a sequel, but not one like this.
Directed by: Louis Leterrier
Starring: Amber Valletta, Jason Statham, Kate Nauta
French-American action sequel is gritty, but lacks the power and utter gratification of the first. This time, we have Frank Martin (Jason Statham), aka The Transporter, returning as a chauffeur for Jack Billings (Hunter Clary), the son of a fictional politician. Frank takes Jack to the doctor for a checkup–the same day as the hospital has been overtaken by a group of drug dealers, who manage to kidnap Jack.
In THE TRANSPORTER, the film’s tone was the most frivolous quality it had. That was easy to accept, after a while. In this sequel, the mood is more violent and tense than silly, so it feels awkward to see such laughable action sequences. When an action film offers scenes featuring a woman emerging, covered in gasoline, pink and black mascara dripping down her face, holding two guns; there’s clearly an issue with the manner in which it was scripted.
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.