Release Date: November 26, 2008
Genre: Action Thriller
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 193 minutes
Distributor: Lionsgate Films
Director: Olivier Megaton
Executive Producer: None
Producer: Luc Besson and Steven Chasman
Writer: Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen
Address Comments To:Jon Feltheimer, CEO
AKA Lions Gate Films
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Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: (310) 449-9200
Fax: (310) 255-3870
In this second sequel, tough and mysterious Frank Martin, who transports things with no questions asked. There are some things, however, that even he won’t do. So, he sends a prospective client to a young friend instead.
A couple days later, the seriously wounded friend crashes a car into Frank’s living room outside Marseilles, France. A young girl is with the friend, and both have identical steel bands on their wrists. Frank calls an ambulance to take the friend away, but it explodes when it gets less than 100 feet from Frank’s house.
Next thing Frank knows, he’s waking up in a strange room with a band around his own wrist. Johnson, the man who tried to hire Frank in the first place, shows up and tells him that now he has no choice but to help him. The band on Frank’s wrist will explode if he leaves. Frank agrees to transport whatever Johnson wants, but only if he can use his own car.
Johnson puts a water-proof case in Frank’s trunk and makes him take the girl who was with his friend. Both Frank and the girl have exploding bands on their wrists, set to explode if they get 75 feet away from Frank’s car.
The journey begins. As Frank follows Johnson’s instructions, he tries to question the girl, a Ukrainian named Valentina, but she refuses to answer. By this time, the movie has revealed that Johnson’s plot involves tons of toxic waste off the Ukrainian coast and the blackmailing of an environmental minister.
Frustrated, Frank tries to find the transmitter in his car linked to the explosive bands. He also secretly works by phone with his detective friend, Inspector Tarconi of Marseilles. Complicating matters, Frank finds himself caring and falling for Valentina as they escape one adventure after another.
TRANSPORTER 3 is great fun. Once again, Jason Statham plays the lead role with utmost flair. He’s also a talented martial arts actor, which makes him more fun to watch than any of the recent fine actors who’ve been playing James Bond. In fact, TRANSPORTER 3 is a much better movie than its competition, the newest Bond flick. Natalya Rudakova, as the beautiful Valentina, is also good, as are Francois Berleand as the Inspector and Robert Knepper as the villain, Johnson.
Regrettably, TRANSPORTER 3 has some foul language and brief sexual content when the hero gets involved with the girl. These things warrant caution. The good news, however, is that the hero shows he has some morally redeeming qualities. For instance, he refuses to leave the girl to save his own skin, even before he gets to know her.
TRANSPORTER 3 leaves the new James Bond thriller in the dust. It has plenty of action and tells a much more compelling story. Once again, Jason Statham plays the lead with utmost flair. He’s also a talented martial arts actor, which makes him more fun to watch. The rest of the cast is also good. The movie contains some foul language and brief sexual content, however, so caution is advised. The good news is that the hero shows he has some morally redeeming qualities. It’s easy to root for his success.