The critics may want intelligence and originality in every film they see, but I love clichÂ plots and mindless fun every now and then.Over the long weekend, “Transporter 2” delivered everything I could want. With more than $20 million at the box office, which makes this the biggest Labor Day weekend debut, I must not be alone.
In most action movies, an unloved, underappreciated mother, a Russian-made supervirus and a kidnapping make for subplots that slow the action with attempts to be smart or romantic. Sequels are even worse, as, for the sake of continuity, they usually waste time trying to explain the appearance of superfluous characters left over from the original.
“Transporter 2” wastes very little time generating plot elements before diving into the first of many superbly choreographed fight scenes.
Although considered a weakness in many films, the fight scenes are what make this movie fun. Each scene feels like the stunt coordinators are handing out their rÂsumÂs to the audience as the actors dance around and chase each other with a complete disregard for the laws of physics and limitations of the human body.
Even with almost constant action, all the admittedly simple plot lines are resolved without words. The film uses its images, not dramatic banter, to answer all the questions the viewer may have.
Those who didn’t see the original film will have no trouble watching “Transporter 2,” as only the star and one other character come from the first movie. Even missing these two back stories, moviegoers will catch the film’s meaning through classic themes.
We spend so much time trying to create darker and more human heros in movies, so it is nice to see the classic superhuman hero that sits somewhere between good and evil operating on his own moral code.
“Transporter 2” is essentially “Shane” with explosions and car chases.
– Brian Chatman