TRANSPORTER 3 leaves the new James Bond thriller in the dust. It has plenty of action and tells a much more compelling story. Like the Bond movies, however, there are still some cautions for media-wise viewers, however.
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.
(BB, Pa, E, PC, LL, VV, S, N, M) Strong moral worldview about foiling a blackmailing, extortion, kidnapping scheme by international villains, marred by some foul language, brief sexual content and some environmentalist elements that include a politically correct, scientifically invalid comment from a government official that people can destroy the whole planet with current pollution levels and alleged man-made climate change; 13 obscenities (including two “f” words), two strong profanities and one light profanity; plenty of action violence such as martial arts fighting, men come at hero with pipes but he uses the pipes against them, car chases, hero hits huge guy with shovel, hero almost drowns, car goes over cliff, villain shoots annoying henchman point blank, henchman shoot policeman point blank, explosions, hero races through buildings on bicycle, gunfight; implied fornication in one scene, passionate kissing and woman admires man’s torso and makes him take off his shirt again and kiss her; upper male nudity; no alcohol; no smoking; and, blackmail, extortion, kidnapping by villains.
In TRANSPORTER 3, the tough and mysterious Frank Martin is pressured into transporting a beautiful Ukrainian girl, Valentina, and a mysterious package to Odessa on the Black Sea. Along the way, he has to contend with the people who forced him to take the job, some people from Ukraine sent to stop him, and the uncooperative Valentina. Complicating matters is that both he and Valentina have steel bands on their wrists timed to explode if they get 75 feet away from Frank’s car. Further complicating matters is that Frank finds himself falling for Valentina. Can he save both their lives?
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.