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Genre: Action/Thriller
Director: Louis Leterrier
Starring: Jason Statham, Alessandro Gassman, Amber Valletta, Kate Navta, Francois Berleand
RunTime: 1 hr 28 mins
Released By: 20th Century Fox
Rating: PG (Action Violence)

Opening Day : 20 October 2005

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Synopsis :

Jason Statham returns in his signature role as ex-Special Forces operative Frank Martin, aka “The Transporter.” Now retired in Miami, Martin makes a living driving for a wealthy family, including twin brothers with whom he has unexpectedly bonded. But when the boys are abducted, Martin must use all his skills to bring them to safety and discover the kidnapper's master plan.

Movie Review:

What do you get if you combined the best of the Chinese and the French cinema of today?

Well, the answer is none other than “Transporter 2”.

Reprising his original role as the ex-Special Forces operative turned “transporter”, Jason Statham is Frank Martin, the cool bald guy with excellent combat skills and agility. This time round, the lone “transporter” must stop a villain from releasing a deadly virus (sounds familiar?). Of course, the so-called plot is just a very convenient excuse for the Director Louis Leterrier (“Unleashed”) and acclaimed Producer/co-writer Luc Besson to pepper the story with endless shooting actions, car chases and massive fight scenes.

Not that you will mind if you are purchasing the admit ticket just to have a short 88 minutes of “hiving off your belief” mentality. If Newton is alive today, he will definitely get into a fit over "Transporter 2”. What happened to my theory of gravity? He might ask.

Michel Julienne who hailed from a family, well-known for executing many daredevil car stunts choreographed the car chase sequences with plenty of insane energy, aided with special effects technology of today. The end result is a wild stunt chase. And look out for the scene whereby a bomb planted under a car is disarmed, it's cool and laughable at the same time.

While the French handled the automobiles, the Chinese takes charge of the fight sequences. In comes Corey Yuen and his martial arts team, the man who is behind plenty of Jet Li’s action epics (“Fong Sai Yuk”, “The One”) choreographed scenes after scenes of brutal combat fights one involving Yuen’s favourite weapon of choice: The Hose. Amazingly, Statham carried out the movements liked a real seasoned fighter, in the league of Jet Li and Jackie Chan in their younger days I would say.

In addition, the ravishing black Audi replaces the sultry Shu Qi (who appeared in the original), giving the new term “torque-asm”. The slick machine and Jason Statham makes a fantastic pair-up (a la Knight Rider). Despite an ending which is filled with tacky effects, "Transporter 2" is akin to its tagline, "The best in the business is back in the game". That's the combination power of the French and the Chinese for the uninitiated. It's a fun, over-the- top ride. Just dispense the logic factor.

Movie Rating:

(100% brain free. 100% action piece)

Review by Linus Tee

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