Transporter 2, The

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2

Content: -2

Frank Martin (Jason Statham) is a retired military operative turned transporter for hire. In other words, Frank protects and delivers all sorts of people and packages, without asking any questions. But in contrast with the glamour of his past jobs, Frank’s latest assignment seems tame. He simply drives young Jack Billings (Hunter Clary), son of the U.S. drug czar (Matthew Modine), to and from school. Still, Frank pledges to protect Jack at any cost, and that is exactly what he is forced to do when the boy is kidnapped. Despite the kidnappers’ request for a large ransom, Frank suspects that the crime has more to do with politics than money. As he evades the police, who suspect he assisted the kidnappers, and hunts the bad guys, Frank skillfully applies his muscle, brain and expert driving abilities to uncover the truth and protect the Billings family.

Transporter 2 is a mediocre sequel to a mediocre film. The movie is filled with violent action sequences, hand-to-hand combat, choreographed martial-arts moves and, of course, car chases. And while some of the action is believable, most of it is not. It’s a rare scene where Frank is not impossibly outnumbered or beaten and then somehow, after a few arms snap and a few necks break, he walks away uninjured and victorious. Not even the laws of physics can stand in his way. While this might be interesting for a few minutes, it grows old quickly. And for no apparent reason, the female villain is almost always shown in her underwear. Occasionally, she is wearing even less. The film could have been much worse, but when a film is as mindless as Transporter 2, why consider subjecting yourself to it?

Preview Reviewer: Shaun Daugherty
20th Century Fox

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Few (2) times – moderate (b-stard 1); strong (SOB 1)

Obscene Language: Several (9) times – moderate (s-ck 1); strong (f-word 1, s-word 6, finger gesture 1)

Profanity: Few (2) times – strong (J 1, C-sake 1)

Violence: Many times – mild (boy struggles to escape from men, woman pushes and struggles with men); moderate (woman threatens man with a gun and attempts to steal his car; man defends himself against a gang; numerous hand-to-hand combat scenes involving multiple people and weapons; numerous scenes show a man bending or breaking attackers’ arms, legs and necks; gang attempts to kidnap a boy; car chases involving reckless driving and numerous accidents; man shoots two people in the head; man throws a knife at another man; man strangles another man; man hits another man in the groin; plane crash; woman impaled to death; woman shoots at police cars)

Sex: Once – mild (man and woman shown partially naked begin kissing before change in scene with intercourse implied)

Nudity: Few times – mild (woman’s cleavage shown, woman’s underwear is visible through her shirt, woman dances in her underwear, woman removes her outer shirt while fighting and shows her undergarments); moderate (woman shown with a sheet around her revealing her buttocks)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Several times – mild (unhappily married woman attempts to seduce a man, but he comforts her and sends her home); moderate (woman dances in her underwear while several men stare at her, man and woman shown in sexually suggestive poses and situations, man and woman kiss); strong (woman tells man that she would like to enjoy pleasure with him and then kisses and licks his face)

Drugs: Few times – mild (characters shown with alcohol); moderate (woman is moderately impaired by alcohol consumption)

Other: Portrayal of germ warfare, police portrayed as inept, man explains his murder plot as “psychotic moral ignorance”

Running Time: 88 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and adults

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