Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Transporter 2 (2005)

They say you should start as you mean to go on, and this film does indeed go on from where its predecessor started. Except, there's a problem. The buoyant silliness of the first film has become studied. There was apparently so much of a desire for this to top The Transporter that the filmmakers pushed too hard, so what could be silly-but-cool just seems... silly. Things to watch for: the fire-hose fight; any scene in which the blond, barely-clothed, barely-there evil supermodel chick fires a gun larger than her torso; Jason Statham's unquashable badassness; Jason Flemyng's knowingly goofy Russian accent (most entertaining bad-on-purpose Russian accent since John Malkovich in Rounders); Statham getting to a bad guy on an overpass by scaling a moving semi; the madelines. Things to avoid: everything else, really. Especially anything involving that goddamn kid. Like this movie needed Statham grudgingly bonding with a precocious tyke. But I'm grousing. The question is: Is it entertaining? Yes, it's superficially amusing, in a how-stupid-do-they-dare-to-get kind of way. But please. My friend Dave remarked mid-screening "This was written by a grade-school kid, I think" which more or less says it all.

Grade: C+


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