Transporter 2

Movie review by
Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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Violent sequel; older teens and up.
  • PG-13
  • 2005
  • 88 minutes

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 9 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

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.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byCSM Screen Name... April 9, 2008
Adult Written by4Spice October 24, 2009

very good for pre teens 11 and over

veryyy good for pre teens lots of killing and action 11 and over
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.
Teen, 13 years old Written byerik252 May 1, 2010
this is the best out of all of them but parents should be cautions very violent

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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.

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