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The Transporter

Action & Adventure and Art House & International movie directed by Corey Yuen and Louis Leterrier

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  • Apr 26, 2003
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Not usually a fan of violent films, I happened on this movie as a desperate attempt to be entertained. And what a happy jolt it was to discover probably one on the best action movies ever made. Though slight on story, THE TRANSPORTER is creatively choreographed in its fight scenes, contains one of the best car chases ever filmed (aided with the splendid background of Nice, France), and gives full reign to the VERY fine Jason Statham - an actor with enough charisma, looks, and acting ability to put him in the lineup with the best of the usual suspects for these genre films. His controlled, exacting presence as a hired 'transporter' of questionable 'goods' is bolstered by what appears to be his own participation in the beautifully choreographed, though implausible, fight sequences. Francois Berleand is also fine as a crusty, wise French detective. The remainder of the cast is only adequate, but it matters little with the power of the presence of Jason Statham and the direction of Corey Yuen. Not deep, not thought-provoking, but a very worthwhile diversionary evening!

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review by . February 22, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
If you like James Bond, you'll probably also like Transporter. It's got quite a bit of action, including some really over the top (but nonetheless cool) scenes. At times, it seems the stunt coordinators tried really hard to think of really original ways to kill bad guys off. Also, the plot doesn't take itself too seriously, but is entertaining enough to keep you in suspense. Recommended for action movie fans.
review by . January 13, 2006
I must admit that I agree with some of the other reviewers in saying that Jason Statham bassically is the film. Of course the story isn't really all that impressive but the idea of a transporter that is a ex special forces man and he just can't stay away from trouble is genious. To sum it all up this movie is really all about amazing car chases and fantastic fight scenes and they chose the perfect man to execute both. Even though some of these scenes look a bit unrealistic the rest of them are perfect. …
review by . August 22, 2005
I watch a lot of movies, and it takes quite a bit to make me take notice. This move grabbed me by the throat and demanded my attention. Jason Statham plays Frank Martin, a former military man who's turned into a transporter, with his own set of rules. On a seemingly simple job, he breaks one of his own rules (rule 3: never look in the package) and his entire world blows up in his face. Suddenly, Frank is sucked into a dark world of human slavery and organized crime.    The fight …
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Move over, Vin Diesel, becauseThe Transporter, Hong Kong action veteran Corey Yuen's English-language directorial debut, is revving up to steal your thunder. As theothertop-billed action star to emerge in 2002, British hunk Jason Statham--previously seen inSnatch,Ghosts of Mars, andThe One--plays a hard-driving courier for well-heeled underworld clients. He follows simple rules: (1) Stick to the deal; (2) Don't ask names; and (3) Don't look in the packages he transports. All's well until he violates rule 3, discovering a Chinese beauty (Qi Shu) in the trunk of his tricked-out BMW, and foiling a deadly plot to smuggle Chinese slaves through the port of Marseilles. The first hour is ass-kickin' fun, and the stuntwork is impressive throughout, even as the plot degenerates into a predictable series of bone-breaking showdowns. Statham boasts an appealing combination of brainsandbrawn, suggesting the suave versatility of a promising career. Coproduced by action auteur Luc Besson and filmed on dazzling French locations,The Transporteris an action fan's delight.--Jeff Shannon
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Genre: Foreign, Action, Adventure
Screen Writer: Robert Mark Kamen, Luc Besson
DVD Release Date: October 23, 2003
Runtime: 92 minutes
Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
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