I’ll admit to raising an eyebrow when I heard that Transporter 2 was considered by many to be superior to the original Transporter film. But after sitting down and watching it, I have to agree that those critics might have a point. Transporter 2 is a lot of fun to watch, and it definitely takes the action much farther than the original film did.
But admitting it’s the superior film? Hmmmm, I’m still not sure about that.
First let’s start with the basics: Transporter 2 goes the route of most sequels by putting a twist on the original premise. Instead of transporting packages for anonymous buyers, Frank Martin has been working for the last month as a personal driver for a family, taking their young son back and forth from school. It seems innocent enough, but given Frank Martin is involved in the situation, it doesn’t take long for things to go sideways.
One area in which Transporter 2 unquestionably excels is in the action. As great as the fight scenes in the original film are, they’re taken to the next level in this one. And some of the things that Frank does with that car of his just aren’t human (in fact, if I’m honest, at times it pushed my suspension of disbelief). No, in terms of action, Transporter 2 is a lot of fun.
Where I take issue with this film comes in the depiction of Lola, one of the main antagonists of the film. Lola is a completely psychotic gun-wielding killer, whose wardrobe is so scanty that it screams “mid-2000s fan service” from beginning to end. On one level, I get why she’s presented this way: the idea is that Lola is so crazy she just doesn’t give a f*ck and will dress however she wants, society be damned. But on the other hand, every time I see her this way it made me cringe. If I could alter one thing in this film, it would be her.
Other than that quibble, I suppose Transporter 2 really is superior to the original, except for that ending. I feel kind of bad for Frank in the end, but then I suppose he couldn’t be who he is if the film ended any other way. I also like how Inspector Tarconi is worked into the story. With the change of locale I didn’t think we’d see the dear inspector, but it worked out perfectly.
Overall, I enjoyed this film very much. Let me know what you think about Transporter 2 in the comments below and have a great day!
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