(out of 5)
Shame about the plot: were it only for Jason Statham‘s ability to carry a film, this would be a surefire action classic, but the shoddy writing and poor direction keep it from shining. Statham’s Transporter is taking a break from moving hot goods in his car, instead working a temp job as a bodyguard to a drug enforcement agent’s son in Miami. When the boy is kidnapped and the family becomes involved in a drug lord’s plot to poison a group of politicians with a deadly toxin, Statham saves the world thanks to his kickass Mercedes and some highly unbelievable stunts. Our hero’s plucky personality beneath the stodgy veneer is so charismatic that you’re almost willing to forgive the highly predictable narrative (a watered-down version of the Bad Boys movies) and weak performances by Alessandro Gassman, Matthew Modine and Amber Valletta—almost. Also, Statham doesn’t take his shirt off as much in this one, proving that sequels are never as good as the original.
Directed by Louis Leterrier
Cinematography by Mitchell Amundsen
Music by Alexandre Azaria
Production Design by J. Mark Harrington
Costume Design by Bobbie Read
Film Editing by Christine Lucas Navarro