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TRANSPORTER 2


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Courier extraordinaire Frank Martin (Jason Statham) has the timing and sixth-sense reflexes of Jackie Chan. He can even dodge bullets. Thatís standard comic fare in a Jackie Chan flick, but in Transporter 2, itís preposterous. At least writer Luc Besson (he directed La femme Nikita) and director Louis Leterrier play it loose; the only one who plays it straight is Statham, and his cool machismo borders on camp. The former Special Forces operative is now in Miami to chauffeur about the son of the US drug enforcement czar (Mathew Modine). Thereís a kidnapping, a lethal virus, and (ą la Nikita) a sexy hit woman (Kate Nauta) in nothing but a garter belt and smeared make-up who tears up the town with two blazing Uzis. But this is a film about a man and his car. And though the action sequences do impress, as does Alessandro Gassman as the baddie, you might be left wondering how Modineís cantankerous wet rag became a vaunted agency head. | 88m


Issue Date: January 13 - 19, 2006
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