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The Transporter 2 (Blu-ray)


Picture: B     Sound: B     Extras: D     Film: C-



After the first Transporter was finished, Frank Martin (Jason Statham) was on his way to retirement.  Of course, the film was a worldwide hit, so here he is back having settled for a protective vehicle driver for a wealthy family.  When it turns out the family’s wealth is connected to dirty money and their son has been kidnapped, Frank is about to have a nostalgia trip kicking butt like in the old days.


Unfortunately, the Luc Besson/Robert Mark Kamen screenplay is predictable as anything and the child-in-jeopardy storyline is extremely desperate.  There is nothing new to offer here except another pre-packaged Besson-produced bore.  Statham deserves better than this, but I guess the prospect of more exposure and a continuing franchise was hard to resist.  However, it was not the hit its predecessor was and a third feature is less likely.  However, Besson never saw a token action pic opportunity he could pass up, so we will not hold our collective breaths.


The 1080p 2.35 X 1 MPEG-2 @ 18 MBPS digital High Definition image is on par with the previous Blu-ray, with desaturated color (digitally or by colored lenses, who cares at this point when talking of this clichéd look) and a good imitation of the imitation look of the first film.  Fans will be happy, but others can do better.  The DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio mix is a little better than the first film, but not by much like in the way of any character, including the same mixing style and “tick-a-tick” music that is so played out it is beyond belief.  It is superior to the standard Dolby Digital 5.1 mix also included.  The only extra is the original theatrical trailer as to allow this 25GB disc to have room for optimal play of the film.


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