The Transporter 2

January 28, 2012 5 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Frank Martin (Jason Statham) is a man who can transport anything to anywhere, a master courier who never fails to deliver the goods. He has worked for clients of all kinds, from high powered political figures to bottom of the barrel drug dealers, with no questions asked. Even when the assignment is dangerous and involves incredible risk, he never hesitates and always comes through. His latest mission is an unusual one, as he is being paid to escort a child to school and back. The child is the son of a government official on the verge of a huge move against the drug cartels, so his family is at risk. When he agrees to take the child to a dentist appointment, he walks into an ambush and faces immense danger. But Frank isn’t going to back down, so even with his life on the line, he pushes on to complete his assignment.

I wasn’t a fan of the original Transporter, so of course, I wasn’t too keen on this sequel, but I still decided to give Transporter 2 a spin. I don’t mind action movies at all, but I do want a hint of realism, at least I do if the movie tries to be serious in tone. The Transporter was not tongue in cheek, yet it launched some of the most over the top, implausible action sequences out there. I can suspend disbelief, but only so far and I hoped Transporter 2 would be a little more grounded. That would not be the case. The action scenes are even more impossible and while that is bad, at this level it serves as hilarious. In addition, the CGI work in these scenes is so bad, you can’t help but be entertained, though not in the intended fashion. As laughable as the action scenes are, Transporter 2 is actually better than the original. The plot has more twists and turns, not to mention the less serious tone, but still, Transporter 2 is best suited as a rental.

Video: How does it look?

Transporter 2 is presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, with a pan & scan version also included on this release. I assumed Fox would come through with a great visual transfer and I was right, as the movie looks quite good here. The print is in great shape, as it should be for such a recent release and on the whole, the image has great detail and depth. The visuals here are very bright and bold, so colors have a vivid presence and black levels are razor sharp throughout. This is yet another top drawer transfer from Fox, so fans of the film can bask in a wonderful visual presentation.

Audio: How does it sound?

This is a movie with outlandish action sequences, so you just know the soundtrack is going to loud and proud. And true to those expectations, the included Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack pulses, rocks, and delivers all we could want from this material. The surrounds are used often and in heavy doses, especially when the action kicks in and that happens a lot here. I wouldn’t call the mix creative, but it hits hard and sounds good, which is all that we need in this case. The musical score sounds terrific too, while dialogue is crisp and is never buried in all the loud surround presence. This disc also includes Spanish and French language tracks, as well as subtitles in English and Spanish.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc includes two behind the scenes featurettes, a blooper reel, and some deleted scenes.

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