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Transporter 2 (2005)
The Transporter delivers again
Saw Transporter 2 last night (opening night) and was amazed at how well it topped the first. As far as being something that is brand new it didn't - which a sequel will never do. However, in terms of topping the stunts and action, I'd say it beat the original by a long shot. Having a different story line made a big difference, as well.
Other than one small point about one particular stunt was officially more overblown than others, this movie packs the punch it promises.
If you're seeking a classic action movie with a great lead character who has attitude, an eccentric nemesis, and even a small love interest - than one absolutely could not go wrong with this sequel to what has become a classic already in the original Transporter. Jason Statham continues to show why he is one of the coolest action stars in the game today.
Sin City (2005)
Truly a comic book brought to life!
I must admit that I know, or knew rather, very little about the story or history of Frank Miller and his series of comic book novels - and maybe that is why I enjoyed this movie so much. Although, this is still a different type of situation where one who was a big fan of the stories might be seriously critical of every little detail of the comic book turned movie. I don't believe anyone who considers themselves truly knowledgeable about Miller's work can say that this was not represented well on the big screen. I'm now intrigued to go back and check out some of his work.
That aside, as far as it being a movie and a work of art, I would give this movie high marks in both categories. For it being a movie, it was nice to see something so different as far as the approach to making it go. Also, having such an incredible cast makes it all the more intriguing. I don't see anyone else having portrayed any of these characters any better than the cast that was hired to do so.
On an artistic level, it is extremely hard to think of any other movie that comes close to being in the same league. I did not see Sky Captain, but I would say that anyone who liked Pleasantville for its cinematography and graphic elements, would love Sin City. The use of black and white photography with only specific colors added later make for a far more dramatic effect. And so much of the cinematography being so close to a "moving picture" version of comic book art simply makes this movie worth seeing.
Take the artistic elements of this movie, and put it together with the amazing cast (both looks and talent) and throw it together with a very different but coherent plot, and you've got yourself an extremely enjoyable movie that is definitely worth seeing. And seeing at the theater no less!
My hats off to Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller, and the rest of the cast and crew for putting together something different for a change.
My only complaint about the whole movie - the use of labeling Quentin Tarantino as a "Special Guest Director" is almost too lame to deal with.