review for Transporter 2 on AllMovie

Transporter 2 (2005)
by Jeremy Wheeler review

Jason Statham scores another one for the world of outrageous, high-action cinema with the five-fisted blow to action lover's temples everywhere, Transporter 2. Ramping up the absurdity, the sequel pushes the envelope a bit more than the original, but ends up ratcheting up the fun factor in the process. There's still a juicy villain and plenty of scenes with "The Transporter" fighting crowds of guys with everything in sight (the best being the fire hose scene), but this sequel isn't happy until it kicks it into ludicrous gears as feats of wacky stunts race across the screen in various degrees of implausibility. Writer/producer Luc Besson continues his streak of satisfying mid-budget fight flicks, only this time, his Euro sensibilities are applied to bright and sunny Miami. The change in setting helps the sequel escape any kind of rehash and adds to the mouth-watering mix with jet skis and close-quartered fighting on a speedboat. By the time the wild CG inches its way to the end, the viewer is either eating it up with a wooden spoon or stuck focusing on all the things they could have done other than watching this caffeinated fluff. Either way, audiences are in for a wild case of deadly serums, smooth suits, and a nasty Cuban villain with bad teeth -- and that, in a nutshell, is Transporter 2.