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Transporter 2

Jason Statham reprises his role as Frank Martin, a man with a destination. This time it's to transport the son of a wealthy businessman. But when the boy is kidnapped by a gang of thugs (including one in an itsy-bitsy bikini, who's played by Katie Nauta) -- what's a guy to do but pull out a gun and start shooting? Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: D+
Violence: D
Sexual Content: C-
Language: C-
Drugs/Alcohol: C
Theater Release: 01 Sep 2005
Video Release: 09 Jan 2006
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Aside from the portrayal of lives lost in this film, there are dozens of cars destroyed and millions of dollars in property damage. But, no consequences are seen. How do movies use audience sympathy for a young child to justify these actions? How do these “setups” allow us to be more willing to like our hero?

Frank has the uncanny ability to dodge bullets at close range. He also can maneuver his vehicle in incredible ways, far beyond probability. Why do audiences enjoy these superhero traits? What impossible feats do you wish you could achieve?

Actor Jason Stratham (who plays Frank) is trained in various forms of fighting and performs most of the stunts himself. In many scenes he is attacked by a group of fighters, yet they each approach one at a time. In movies portraying heroes resisting a large group of attackers, it’s interesting to watch what the background guys are doing while they are waiting for their turn “at bat.” How do you think these choreographed actions compare to what might happen in reality?

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