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The Transporter 2

Year: 2005
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: Louis Leterrier
Producer: Luc Besson
Writer: Luc Besson
Cast: Jason Statham, Amber Valetta, Matthew Modine, Jason Flemyng, Keith David
The original Transporter was a bit like The Matrix – it was small-scale, extremely slick, extremely cool, and came out of nowhere.

Unlike The Matrix, it didn't do so well at the box office, but it was a pleasant surprise for people like me who'd only ever seen Statham in Snatch and Lock Stock to learn he was a very cinematic and acrobatic martial artist, participating in some awesome fight scenes.

The result was an extremely well put together little package of a movie that deserved better. Part of it was the fighting style – with its inventive use of props a la Jackie Chan and the Chop! Chop! Chop! Twist! Twirl! Strike! Smack! kind of pacing.

Besson protégé Leterrier liked that too – a bit too much. He moves it out of movie martial arts into high camp Looney Tunes territory, and this time it's so unrealistic it kicks you out of the experience.

Everything's a little like that – the action, the driving and the stunts in general – so the result is a little like what Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle turned into – too much too fast of what had worked the first time around.

This time Frank (Statham) drives a kid to school who belongs to wealthy political parents (it was a surprise to realise Matthew Modine had slid so far) and so becomes the kidnapping target in a mass assassination plot. The inclusion of the French policeman friend from the original was meant to be comic relief, but it was neither funny nor necessary.

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