A story about this — 3 years ago
As a premise, the “deadly virus” plot of this film is superior to the original movie’s “slave trafficking” concept – if only because greater urgency is involved.
It was fun to see elements borrowed from the first film, including the opening scenes with a couple of nice twists plus the reprise of François Berléand’s Inspector Tarconi. Jason Statham’s obsessiveness with order has mellowed by the time he gets to Miami, but he’s the same stoic kick-butt gentleman he was in Marseilles. By far, the best acting is by Kate Nauta as “Lola,” the two-gun moll in French undies. Wow – a skinny version of Bridget Nielsen.
How Statham crashes through walls and flips his Audi through the air without a smudge on the wax job is amazing. The fight scenes are very entertaining, although the final tussle in the airplane had me wondering what happened to the baddie Chellini (Alessandro Gassman). His martial arts skills, set up so well when he was first introduced, suddenly seem forgotten. Any real kendo master would reach for a pencil before trying to grab a gun.
All in all, not disappointing at all as sequels go. If you liked the first Transporter, see this one for sure.