Louis Leterrier | 84 mins | DVD | 15 / PG-13
Sequel to 2002’s low-key, disposable-but-fun actioner.
The plot is almost senseless and thoroughly familiar from the likes of Man on Fire or M:i-2, but that doesn’t matter: the action’s the focus, and on that promise it mostly delivers. In spite of the odd bit of CG-aided silliness, or the lack of anything as inspired as the first film’s oil fight, the fights are still a lot of fun; one involving a fire hose is especially well executed. There’s also a good number of amusing moments (both intentional and not, it must be said).
It may not quite reach the first movie’s simple highs, but there’s still enough to like. More films in the series wouldn’t go amiss.
Almost inevitably, Transporter 3 is on its way in 2008. Personally, I’ll wait for it on DVD, probably in a sale — but I’m somewhat looking forward to that day coming around.