Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Transporter 2

Jason Statham is back as Frank Martin, a man who lives by his own rules, a man with a military past who now works as a transporter, a man of few words, a man of action. Little has changed since the end of the first movie, he still drives a cool car, though the BMW has been traded for an Audi A8L W12, and ploughing the streets of Miami, girls still find him irresistable (who can forget Shu Qi appearing at his doorstep and throwing herself at him? Here, Amber Valletta does the same. Lucky dude), and the men can't wait to sock his face.

Many were surprised that the Transporter managed to gear up a sequel, but as far as I'm concerned, they can do a movie series with various cool cars waiting in line to be driven by Statham. Mercedes next?

But the plot for Transporter 2 had showed some shades of Denzel Washington's Man on Fire, especially in the beginning, only that the kidnap victim is a boy whose relationship with his protector isn't as drawn out or touching as that between Washington and Dakota Fanning. Thrown into what seems like a plot (in an action flick, who cares anyway?) is bioterrorism, as a group of baddies orchestrate an elaborate plan to kill loads with a carefully manufactured virus.

Flimsy plot aside, Statham delivers his punches well in action choreographed by Corey Yuen. Probably following the "Jackie Chan" style of using almost everything in a particular setting to wrestle with his opponents, Statham proved more menacing without the deliberate comedic acts that Jackie fuses into his brand of action. He might look a bit awkward with the metal pole, but the action sequence with the hosereel was fun, though short.

As with Hollywood action flicks, don't expect the hero to be busted up too much, and he's always blessed with incredible luck and faced with enemies who are never marksmen. There are some obvious action flaws that might border on the line of absurdity, but heck, one's not gonna analyze beyond the belief that Lady Luck is smiling on Statham's Frank. The actions were left unscathed by the censors, only a lingering shot of the baddie's girl (the one on the poster) was snipped when the camera reached the upper torso.

Have been a fan of Statham ever since his Snatch days, and it's a pretty decent action movie. Sit back, buckle up and enjoy the ride!

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