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A new break-neck action adventure for Frank Martin, the ex-Special Forces operative who specializes in high-risk deliveries, no questions asked.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 111
- Fresh: 41
- Rotten: 70
- Average Rating: 4.8/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: Somehow Statham comes out of this improbable thriller with his dignity intact. With classic action-hero qualities and dry wit, he seems woefully under-employed as a deliveryman.
Fresh: It's hard not to smile.
Rotten: You know a series is in trouble when it begins mocking its own premise. Frank's obsessive rules about who, what and how he transports stuff are ruthlessly violated.
Rotten: I had less problems with the characters and more trouble with the actual action, which felt really antiseptic to me.
Transporter 3: Flexible Abs!
In the first Transporter movie Jason Statham kicked six bad guys in the head whilst standing on bicycle pedals to avoid slipping on an oil-slick that had been disgorged around him, before chasing a light aircraft through 3 fields, and then skydiving from a another light aircraft onto the back of a moving articulated lorry. In the second movie he used a wooden door to shield himself from machine gun fire, vaulted through a window onto a conveniently waiting Jet-Ski, lifted the delighted female occupant over his shoulder before giving chase to a bunch of henchman in a van. He then jumped the Jet-Ski from the water through the back of the van before dismounting and punching the bad guys lights out! These thoroughly entertaining though completely ridiculous action sequences have been the series' trademark. And given the style in which this new movie has been marketed you could be forgiven for thinking that you will be getting exactly the same thing with this new instalment. Surprisingly however, this is actually not the case. And while you're still presented with the requisite scenes of a bunch of thugs surrounding Frank Martin (Statham) and waiting patiently in turn to be booted in the face, there is a genuine attempt here to make an engaging action drama. Drama! Of all things!! You could still write the plot on the back of a postage stamp: Frank Martin is forced to drive a package from one grid reference to another, disallowed from deviating from his course, opening the package or straying further than 50 feet from the vehicle. If he does, an explosive stashed in his car triggered by a signal from a wrist clamp will vapourize the vehicle and everything inside it. He is further burdened by the addition of a passenger (Ukrainian Babe Natalya Rudakova) as Valentina, the daughter of an East European Environmental Secretary working for the UN. The Diplomat, played by Jeroen Krabbe is being blackmailed by a Toxic Waste Transportation company to allow them to use certain shipping lanes. A selection of Eastern European criminal bastards are employed by the Toxic Waste Company to apply the thumb-screws and do their evil bidding! The improvement in quality seems mainly due to the replacement of Director from Louis Letterier (having graduated to the direction of The Incredible Hulk) to newcomer director Oliver Megaton. Its also seems likely that Jason Statham's own decision to return may have been based on a desire to ditch the frenetic stupidity and make a decent movie. Oliver Megaton even contributes to the franchise's best moment, as Frank, having been thrown out of his car, desperately tries to remain within 50 feet by stealing a kid's BMX, thrashing it through the middle of a warehouse sweatshop, crashing it through the window, performing a flying kick through the passenger side window and kicking the thief out the other side - all to the tune of Iggy Pop's `Now I Wanna Be Your Dog'! The fight scenes are also choreographed in a more realistic fashion, seeming more gritty and shot up-close-and-personal. Good support is provided by franchise regular Francois Berleand as French Inspector Tarconi, and Robert Knepper puts in a decent performance as the movie's snarling villain. There are a few plot discrepancies however that keep this picture rated at only 3 stars: the very obvious plot twist that it is Valentina that is the package and not the items placed in the boot of the car. And just exactly why Jason Statham has to drive all the way to Bucharest in unclear? Other than to show-off his new Audi's 0-60 and snog his new girlfriend in some slightly dull Mid-European Countryside. The finale of the picture is suitably action-packed and ridiculous but it is very enjoyable, including a fine piece of Audi/moving train interfacing! Oliver Megaton does a very good job considering this is `Transporter 3' and shows genuine potential as to the movies he may make in future. Trust me; based on this evidence, the guy could direct Bond. Another aspect of this picture that you notice is the running time: at 104 minutes it dwarves the 80 minutes of the first movie, and the 79 minutes of Transporter 2 - another sign that the franchise may be growing up a bit. At the end of this movie you will also fancy bagging yourself a Ukrainian girlfriend of your own! Natalya Rudakova is a total cutie! And the fact that this is a good movie is also strangely uplifting!
Very good, but not if you like facts!
This is a great movie, but thats just what it is, a movie! Yes, we all know an Audi cant go 250km/h on 2 wheels sideways, but its a movie! It has great action, and the story is quite good aswell, maybe not worth buying, I would wait for it to become rental.
Driving + Statham = Intense Unique Action!!!
Very few movies can deliver a good car chase plus mix it up enough to give viewers enough originality to make those sequences make a lasting impression. Bullitt, Mad Max and The French Connection did it in the 70s... all the way to the last decade having The Matrix Reloaded and Ronin. The Transporter trilogy takes it up a notch with each installation. In addition to that, the motivation to stay near the car (plot point) is only going to up the intensity of the action. In short, it is just good old fashion fun! There should be new academy award categories for best stunt sequence, best stuntman and best stuntwoman. There will likely be a Transporter 4 and 5 before that happens!
- Genre: Action & Adventure
- Released: 2008
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