Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.
France/USA, 2005. EuropaCorp, TF1 Films Production, Current Entertainment, Sea Side Films Florida Inc., Canal+, TPS Star. Screenplay by Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen, based on their characters. Cinematography by Mitchell Amundsen. Produced by Luc Besson, Steven Chasman. Music by Alexandre Azaria. Production Design by J. Mark Harrington. Costume Design by Bobbie Read. Film Editing by Christine Lucas Navarro.
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.