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"TRANSPORTER 2"
(2005) (Jason Statham, Alessandro Gassman) (PG-13)

Alcohol/
Drugs
Blood/Gore Disrespectful/
Bad Attitude
Frightening/
Tense Scenes
Guns/
Weapons
Mild Mild Extreme *Moderate Extreme
Imitative
Behavior
Jump
Scenes
Music
(Scary/Tense)
Music
(Inappropriate)
Profanity
Moderate Minor Heavy None Heavy
Sex/
Nudity
Smoking Tense Family
Scenes
Topics To
Talk About
Violence
Heavy Minor Heavy Moderate Extreme


QUICK TAKE:
Action: A professional driver sets out to rescue a boy from his kidnappers and stop their even more nefarious plans.
PLOT:
Frank Martin (JASON STATHAM) is an ex-Special Forces operative who's the best at transporting anything for his clients without asking what he's delivering or to whom. He's recently moved from the French Mediterranean to Miami, but his latest job -- a favor to a friend -- involves chauffeuring young Jack Billings (HUNTER CLARY), the son of wealthy drug czar Jefferson Billings (MATTHEW MODINE) who's estranged from his wife and Jack's mother, Audrey (AMBER VALLETTA).

Little does Frank realize that others are interested in Jack as well, including international criminal Gianni (ALESSANDRO GASSMAN) who, with the aide of assistants Lola (KATE NAUTA), Dimitri (JASON FLEMYNG) and others, kidnaps the boy. Since Frank was last seen with him, Jefferson and U.S. Marshal Stappleton (KEITH DAVID) think he's the main suspect, despite Audrey's insistence of his innocence.

While Frank's friend and visiting tourist -- French police inspector Tarconi (FRANÇOIS BERLÉAND) -- ends up in police custody, the steely driver must battle Gianni's various goons as he sets out to rescue Jack and stop the villains' even more nefarious plans.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're fans of the original film or high-octane action in general, they probably will.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For intense sequences of violent action, sexual content, partial nudity and brief language.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • JASON STATHAM plays an ex-Special Forces operative who's the best at transporting whatever his clients desire. His latest job involves chauffeuring young Jack and then trying to rescue him from Gianni and his goons. He fights and kills many of them with great proficiency, all while performing wild automobile stunts and other such action.
  • ALESSANDRO GASSMAN plays the head villain who's masterminded a kidnapping that comes along with a greater criminal intent. He briefly drinks and smokes while battling Frank.
  • KATE NAUTA plays Gianni's sultry girlfriend who's proficient at killing and fighting, often in skimpy attire. She uses some profanity.
  • AMBER VALLETTA plays Jack's mother who's separated from her husband and briefly comes on to Frank before having to worry about her kidnapped and then sick son.
  • MATTHEW MODINE plays her successful husband and drug czar who argues with her but wants the best for their son.
  • HUNTER CLARY plays their young son who's taken a liking to Frank.
  • KEITH DAVID plays the U.S. Marshal who's assigned to the kidnapping case.
  • JASON FLEMYNG plays one of Gianni's murderous goons who must deal with Frank.
  • FRANÇOIS BERLÉAND plays a French detective who arrives to visit Frank in Miami, but spends most of his time in the U.S. Marshal headquarters where he impresses the law enforcement men with his cooking when not secretly assisting Frank and his quest. He uses some profanity.
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    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    Here's a brief summary of the content found in this action flick that's been rated PG-13. Profanity consists of at least 1 "f" word, while other expletives and colorful phrases are uttered. Some non-explicit, sexually related dialogue is present as are several sightings of scantly clad and sometimes nude or partially nude woman, while other women display cleavage. A couple is seen nude together, but the positioning of their bodies and such blocks any view of explicit nudity. Several women separately come on (sexually) to the same man.

    Violence consists of various murders (by gunfire, etc.), the killing of various villains (by various means), and all sorts of brutal and bone-crunching violence (punching, kicking and otherwise striking others) in various prolonged fight sequences. To stick with the PG-13 rating, most of the violence is blood-free, but some bloody results are present. While the majority of that mayhem is played for action rather than true realism, some of those scenes and other moments (a kidnapping of a boy, etc.) might be unsettling or suspenseful to some viewers. All of the fighting and other stunts may be enticing for some kids to imitate.

    All of the villains obviously have bad attitudes, a husband and wife are separated and argue (and later worry about their kidnapped son) and some characters drink and/or smoke. Should you still be concerned about the film's appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home, you may want to look more closely at our detailed listings for more specific information regarding the film's content.

    For those prone to visually induced motion sickness, there's some bouncy camerawork from time to time.


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • Frank retrieves a beer from the fridge.
  • Audrey shows up at Frank's place, coming on to him, prompting him to ask if she's drunk.
  • A drunken man in an alley, after seeing Frank's car drive above him (with the wheels on adjacent but separated buildings), throws his bottle of booze away.
  • Gianni and Lola have champagne.
  • Jefferson and others have champagne.
  • We hear that Gianni is working for the Columbian cocaine cartel.
  • Gianni has a drink and then slides it over to Frank, but the latter doesn't partake.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • We see a small pool of blood partially flow out from under a door.
  • Desperate for the antidote he thinks he needs, Dimitri punches one guy in the face (bloodying it).
  • We see red paint and/or blood on Frank's shirt.
  • We see a needle being inserted into Jack's arm as Frank gives him the virus antidote (no blood).
  • We see a little blood from a person's mouth after they've been killed.
  • Frank has a few slightly bloody scrapes on his face.
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • Gianni and his goons all have bad attitudes for their master plan (kidnapping to introduce a fatal virus to many) as well as killing others along the way.
  • Various people try to carjack and then try to attack Frank.
  • Lola tells Gianni that he's the Devil and he says, "I wish."
  • We hear that Gianni is working for the Columbian cocaine cartel.
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • Scenes listed under "Violence" might also be unsettling or suspenseful to younger viewers, but most are played in an over the top action rather than realistic fashion.
  • We realize that Frank and Jack are walking into a trap for the boy led by Lola.
  • We see a target sighting laser light on Jack's head in the backseat of Frank's car, with Gianni calling to inform Frank that they can kill the boy whenever they want. Lola then gets in the car and holds her gun low on Frank, stating that she hates kids and that if Frank wants any, not to move.
  • Frank drives his car off the top of a parking garage, flies across the way and lands in an adjacent building under construction. His car slides out of control and takes out various supports, coming to a stop just at the edge of the building, many stories above the street.
  • Gianni tells the family that if they don't deliver the ransom money, he'll start sending their son's body parts to them at set time intervals.
  • Gianni fires a warning shot near Frank to make him get into his car, with everyone knowing there's a bomb on the undercarriage. Frank then rapidly drives off, with Lola preparing to detonate the bomb. Frank manages to get his car airborne and flip over, with an adjacent hanging hook then nabbing the bomb that explodes just after it comes lose from Frank's car (he lands safely).
  • Audrey races toward a cargo container that we and others think is rigged with a bomb or some other deadly device and in which she thinks her son is being held. She yanks open the door and finds the boy.
  • Frank crashes out through a building to try to catch two vials of the antidote. He falls several stories and lands atop a car, crushing its top. He then scrambles to get a vial, causing two cars to crash into each other (he jumps up on top of them just in the nick of time) before racing to get the last remaining vial that's in the path of a large truck (he grabs the vial just in front of the large tire).
  • We see that Jack has the virus, followed by his mother and then father, the latter of whom get so sick that they collapse.
  • We see a needle being inserted into Jack's arm as Frank gives him the virus antidote.
  • Frank (in a sports car) chases after a jet as it races down the runway. Frank ends up on the landing gear as the plane takes off, with his car blasting through a sign and exploding.
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • Handguns/Machine guns/Axes/Swords/Switchblade/Various impromptu weapons: Used to threaten, wound and/or kill others or cause property damage. See "Violence" for details.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "Who the f*ck are you?" "You're in the sh*t?" "Shut up," "Nigger," "Kick your ass," "He's not really a friend, he's French," "Screwed up," "Let's save the fun for later," "Think again" (followed by "Thought complete"), "You son of a bitch," "It sucks," "What the hell are you doing talking to him?" and "Nuts" (crazy).
  • All of the fighting, driving stunts and other such action might be enticing for some kids to imitate.
  • Lola sports a tattoo on her thigh that reads "Death by rabbit."
  • A miscellaneous goon has various tattoos on his arms.
  • A goon gives Frank "the finger."
  • Frank rides atop an exterior elevator as it ascends a building.
  • Frank runs up the front and then top of a truck to get to a bridge to continue his chase of Dimitri. Moments later, he jumps down onto a jet ski, flips the female rider up, over and behind him and then takes off (with her behind him on it). He then drives the jet ski up a makeshift ramp, to a road and then catches up with a bus that he then enters.
  • A cabbie has various gold teeth.
  • JUMP SCENES
  • Audrey closes the fridge door and a man is suddenly there (but not for malevolent purposes).
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • A heavy amount of action-oriented, along with some suspenseful/ominous music plays in the film.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • None.
  • PROFANITY
  • At least 1 "f" word, 7 "s" words, 2 S.O.B.s, 1 ass, 1 hell and 1 use each of "Christ," "For Christ's sakes" and "Jesus Christ."
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • A young woman, claiming to have car problems, leans over at Frank's window, exposing her ample cleavage in her midriff-revealing top.
  • Audrey shows cleavage in her low-cut top and then more so when she bends over to talk to Frank through his car window.
  • We see Gianni shirtless after sparring.
  • We see Lola sashaying about in an open robe that shows her small bra and lingerie-style panties (that the camera focuses on, along with her bare belly). She later shoots at Frank wearing the same attire and looking sexy (in heels and stockings, etc.).
  • Audrey shows up at Frank's place, coming on to him. He's on the phone ordering pizza and the operator asks if he's hungry and Frank replies (in a double entendre) "You have no idea." She reminds him that he earlier said if she needed anything he was there for her. That prompts him to ask if she's drunk and she continues her advances until he says he can't do this, and it all ends in a friendly hug.
  • Trying to work him up, Lola suggestively tells Frank, "You're quite a guy...Another time, another place...the pleasure we could have." She then proceeds to lick his lips and face (in an exaggerated fashion).
  • We briefly see a woman in a bikini-style bottom.
  • We briefly see Frank shirtless as he changes shirts.
  • We see that Gianni and Lola are seated on a bed nude while watching TV, but due to the camera shot, the positioning of their bodies and such, we don't see any explicit nudity. They then lean back together out of the shot.
  • The camera pans up Lola's leg, across her crotch/rear and then up her bare back as she lies face down, topless (we see just part of the side of her bare breast). She then gets up and wraps something around herself, and we briefly see a partial view of the top of her bare butt as well as her bare back again.
  • SMOKING
  • Gianni smokes once as does a miscellaneous man.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • Frank distracts Jack so that he doesn't see his parents arguing outside. Audrey then states that she and Jefferson have been separated for a year.
  • Jack's parents are upset and worried about him after he's kidnapped.
  • Gianni tells the family that if they don't deliver the ransom money, he'll start sending their son's body parts to them at set time intervals.
  • Despite their earlier problems, Audrey and her family all seem somewhat happy together as they're in the hospital recuperating.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • Kidnappings.
  • Viruses.
  • Parents who are estranged, separated, etc.
  • Why Lola is dressed the way she is when she goes on her rampages.
  • VIOLENCE
  • A young woman, claiming to have car problems, leans over at Frank's window, exposing her ample cleavage. After Frank says he can't help, she holds a gun to his head and then on him and makes him get out of the car when her male companions arrive to finish the carjacking. When the car won't start, they get out of the car to make Frank give them the code. When he won't, they proceed to attack him (with a bat, crow bar or something similar and a switchblade), but he easily beats them off with various brutal kicks and other blows (with the young woman then running off).
  • Gianni spars with various opponents, easily fending them off with a large pole. During this, two of them blast their poles through his helmet, but it's empty as he fights them and others below it.
  • Lola shoots a receptionist execution style in the head (we don't see the impact) as well as a doctor with her automatic weapons (knocking him from his feet, but with no blood).
  • Frank pushes a doctor's examination table back into a goon and then rips off the small stepladder on it, jabbing the sharp, broken-off end into a bad guy's chest. He gets Jack out of harm's way, but the two men grab and smash Frank back through a wall into another room where they proceed to pummel him. He manages to stab one in the neck with something sharp (no blood) and hits the other. Lola then fires a tremendous volley of shots at him in the hallway with her two machine guns. He uses a broken door to shield himself, avoids more such shooting and then jury-rigs a small gas tank into a weapon that shoots off toward Lola like a missile and then explodes. She avoids that, shoots one of her accomplices dead and then proceeds to blast every room with machine gun fire, including shooting at Frank and Jack.
  • Lola shoots at Frank in his bulletproof car and then shoots two cops dead when they aim their guns at her (no blood).
  • Needing to save Jack's life (who's in the backseat) and with Lola holding her gun on him, Frank drives away from the Billings' estate to elude the police. Lola blasts one police car, while others crash into each other during the subsequent chase. More cars crash during this, while one car wipes out a lifeguard station (the lifeguard jumps to his safety).
  • Lola fires her gun at a helicopter, causing it to explode.
  • Gianni fires a warning shot near Frank to make him get into his car, with everyone knowing there's a bomb on the undercarriage. Frank then rapidly drives off, with Lola preparing to detonate the bomb. Frank manages to get his car airborne and flip over, with an adjacent hanging hook then nabbing the bomb that explodes just after it comes lose from Frank's car (he lands safely).
  • Cops hold their guns on Frank at a crime scene, with the latter kicking one and driving a chair back into the other. One tries to grab his gun, but Frank gets his ankles/feet around the guy's hand/wrist and twists that (with cracking sounds). He then stomps down on him (unseen impact) out of frustration regarding the virus vial being broken during their fight.
  • Dimitri shoots at Frank many times, eventually throwing his empty gun at him as a foot chase then begins. During that, Dimitri knocks over people and things. Moments later, Frank catches Dimitri, pushes him back against the inside wall of a bus and then jabs a syringe down into his leg, making the latter think he's been injected with the virus (but it's just water).
  • A big thug kicks and otherwise bashes Frank around and through various items. The two continue fighting, including hitting, kicking and otherwise bashing each other with various things (including Frank getting in a crotch shot to his opponent). This continues for a while with incredibly brutal blows and some property damage. It ends when the thug's head ends up stuck out of the opening of a dry-docked boat that then turns over and presumably lands on the man's head (we don't see the impact).
  • Desperate for the antidote he thinks he needs, Dimitri punches one guy in the face (bloodying it) and shoots another dead. Frank then arrives on the scene, avoids being shot by Dimitri and hits him and then throws a scalpel or other similar object into the other man's leg. Frank then crashes out through a building to try to catch two vials of the antidote. He falls several stories and lands atop a car, crushing its top. He then scrambles to get a vial, causing two cars to crash into each other (he jumps up on top of them just in the nick of time).
  • Frank hits, kicks and otherwise strikes many cops/agents to get out of Audrey's house.
  • Goons riddle a car with machine gun fire, but Frank and another man had already slipped out.
  • Frank battles a group of men who come at him with axes, swords and such. A great deal of punching and kicking ensues (with bone crunching intensity), all while he avoids blows by those weapons. He then uses a large pole to hit many of those men, and then does the same thing with a large, interior fire hose (bashing them with the large metal nozzle, etc., including to one's crotch). He then turns on the water that makes the hose go taut and that strikes or otherwise drags the men away, crashing them into things.
  • Frank and Lola aim their guns (handgun, two machine guns respectively) at each other. The two then grab each other and fire alongside each other's head, with Lola then burnings Frank with the hot barrels of her guns. The two then kick and otherwise strike each other (including her swinging down at him and all with brutal blows), with him eventually kicking her back into some sort of large structure (possibly modern artwork) where she's impaled (back first) on many small spikes (we see a little blood from her mouth).
  • Frank (in a sports car) chases after a jet as it races down the runway. Frank ends up on the landing gear as the plane takes off, with his car blasting through a sign and exploding.
  • Frank grabs a man by the neck that he twists. We hear the cracking sound and assume that the man is dead.
  • Frank and Gianni fight on a small jet where the pilot is accidentally shot dead. The two continue fighting (with brutal blows to each) as the plane goes out of control, sending them careening all over the inside of it. The plane then crashes into a body of water (seen from the inside with Frank jumping out of the way as the water rushes inside). The two continue fighting as the jet sinks, with Gianni trying to strangle Frank who then gets free and delivers a hard blow to Gianni's neck (but doesn't kill him since he needs Gianni's antidote to the virus).



  • Reviewed August 30, 2005 / Posted September 2, 2005

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