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Transporter 2

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Violent sequel; older teens and up.
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2005
  • Running Time: 88 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Very bad villains (they want to destroy populations with an airborne virus), and much violence to achieve their ends.Women are sexually objectified.

Violence

Lots of bone-breaking martial arts action, explosions, car crashes, a plane crash.

Sex

A brief attempted seduction, a girl assassin in lacy underwear.

Language

Brief cursing and slang ("sucks").

Consumerism

Prominent car brands (Hummer, Porsche, Ferrari).

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drinking, smoking, drug use.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the film includes incessant violence, at high speeds and in slow motion, both emphasizing the excruciating pain inflicted by professional killers. Characters swear, smoke, drink, and use drugs. Women are portrayed in negative sexual stereotypes. One appears drunk as she tries to seduce the hero and others wear very skimpy clothing (one assassin prefers lingerie for her missions). The film includes lots of explosions, car crashes, and a violent airplane crash into water.

What's the story?

In this sequel, "professional driver" Frank Martin (Jason Statham) is in Miami, and is hired to drive adorable Jack (Hunter Clary), whose parents work for the U.S. narcotics agency. Frank takes action when Jack is kidnapped by villains who mean to infect whim with a virus that he'll then transmit by breathing on his dad, and dad will then transmit by breathing all over a conference full of international drug czars. The kidnappers include slickly sinister Gianni (Alessandro Gassman) and his psycho girlfriend Lola ( Kate Nauta), who is prone to pulling large automatic weapons miraculously out of her lacy underwear. Frank resists them both with self-assured, often slow-motioned fighting skills, seeming especially disdainful of the sloppy thugs they send to bully him.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Wild and nonsensical, Transporter 2 delivers a specific sort of pleasure, mostly by way of observing pain inflicted deftly. Like its clever and cheeky precursor, the sequel boasts elegant choreography by Corey Yuen and a crisp performance by Statham, even though his character remains defiantly undeveloped.

As producer Luc Besson has demonstrated in his broad array of action films (from Subway to The Fifth Element to Unleashed), the genre's point is style. Heroes and villains come and go (and are in the end interchangeable), but the look is forever. Frank is precise and resourceful, attentive to details. He keeps his promises, he's relentlessly neat. And he takes just-visible-enough delight in punishing the ugliness of others.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the moral code that Frank embodies so resolutely. How does Frank's precision represent a relative decency, compared to both the excessive villains and the crass cops? How does the family -- Jack and his parents -- represent the sort of domestic unit Frank both desires and will never have? How does their initial dysfunction lead to lessons on more attentive fatherhood and less reckless motherhood? Why are women portrayed the way they are? Parents of kids learning to drive might also point out the stunts are not to be imitated...and they also may want to address the correlation the movie makes between cars and men's worth.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:September 2, 2005
DVD/Streaming release date:January 10, 2006
Cast:Alessandro Gassman, Amber Valletta, Jason Statham
Director:Louis Leterrier
Studio:Twentieth Century Fox
Genre:Action/Adventure
Run time:88 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:Violent action, sexual content, partial nudity, brief language

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Teen, 14 years old Written byrebo344 November 21, 2015

More entertaining than the first.

Transporter 2 is cheesy and over the top in a good way. As always, Statham is great in his role, the action is awesome and the music is good. Grade: B.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Adult Written byCSM Screen Name... April 9, 2008
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

too much?

what? was thereeee invisible strings attached to the car? I saw this movie and the stunts where rediculous, the people, the machinary, and everything you see was practically FLYING everywhere like a mad bird! the stunts where so rediculous I actually laughed.