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So overblown that it nearly self-destructs.

To say Transporter 2, the sequel to Cory Yuen's pumped-up 2002 action-thriller, is overblown would be an understatement.

It's hard to remember another film in recent memory which orchestrates mindless carnage on such a scale with unabashed glee, paying no attention whatsoever to commonsense, logic or the laws of physics.

Leading man Jason Statham, one-time member of the British national diving team-turned-model-turned-actor, flaunted his athletic prowess in the original Transporter by losing his shirt in almost every fight sequence.

In the sequel, the designer togs stay on. Indeed, he only removes his jacket when absolutely necessary, usually to prevent blood staining the fabric.

So this time round, it's up to newcomer Katie Nauta, playing a gun-toting blonde vixen, to blast everything in sight, dishabille in skimpy lingerie and stockings.

After his exploits in the French Mediterranean, ex-Special Forces operative and mercenary-for-hire Frank Martin (Statham) has relocated to the sunny east coast of America.

He takes up a temporary position as a chauffeur for Mr Billings from the US narcotics agency and his pretty wife Audrey, ferrying their six-year-old son Jack to and from school.

When the youngster is kidnapped by psychotic Gianni and his goons, Frank uses all of his military training to rescue Jack and wreak revenge on the bad guys.

Transporter 2 delivers the same cocktail of high-octane thrills and outrageously- choreographed fight sequences as its predecessor, plus a whole new array of tongue-in-cheek one-liners for Statham's beefcake hero to sneer at the bad guys before he pummels them into unconsciousness.

The plot almost collapses under the weight of its own preposterousness: even Blofeld would regard Gianni's cunning masterplan as unworkable.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 25, 2005
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