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Frank Martin (Jason Statham) is the best as what he does: transporting dangerous or illegal goods with no questions asked. But his last shipment, a beautiful young woman kidnapped by international slave traders, brings deadly complications to his delivery plans. Now Frank must kick into overdrive in a nonstop action-packed fight to save his precious cargo - and his life.
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We don't learn a whole lot about Frank Martin (Jason Statham). We know he is ex-military and that he currently earns his living transporting dubious goods. He's a meticulous perfectionist who lives by a few simple rules -- or at least he did, until his current job came along. It should have been simple -- pick the bag up here, drive it to there, deliver it, and go home 40 Gs richer. A flat tire changes all that, as he can't help but notice the bag resting atop his spare tire in the trunk is moving. Enter Lai (Qi Shu), undoubtedly the most attractive piece of cargo he's ever transported. Now you might expect Frank to let the girl go -- but Frank always honors his deals. That would have been the end of the story if his client hadn't double-crossed him in the end.Read more ›
On-screen, Statham has a rare combination of actual acting and physical prowess. Shu Qi is beautiful, and her character has more going on than just to be saved by Statham (some viewers apparently missed this). There is also an apparently well-known French actor who works as a semi-friendly inspector, and he does a great job.
Problems with the movie are predictable for something so action-oriented: plot holes, some impossible stunts. It also has some unique problems, which add to the movies's charms: such as French criminals high and low speak American English (?), Statham tries to do the same (and gives up halfway, like Costner in Robin Hood but reversed), and Shu Qi and the French inspector are at times unintelligible.
But at a basic level, the movie is all about Statham kicking ass, about Shu Qi looking beautiful, and lots of explosions over a sunny European seaside setting. It all comes together nicely (if often absurdly), and is highly recommended to those who need a truly nonstop action title to round out their collections.
Jason falls for a cute Oriental Babe, Shu Qi, whom he discovers in the trunk of his car stuffed into the zippered satchel that he's delivering. She has gorgeous eyes and shapely legs. Her beauty, unfortunately, doesn't improve appreciably once the duct tape binding her mouth is removed.
Her Confucian father, however, is an even pricier piece of work. He has wild eyes and plastic looking skin. But even more distracting is the spidery toupee he wears that looks, on most occasions, as though he applied it to his scalp backwards!
The movie's action sequences and cinematography, thankfully, are first rate. Jason spends a lot of time driving a pristine black BMW around the lovely streets of Monaco. He dodges armor piercing rounds and wire guided missiles which completely destroy his house. He does a reasonable imitation of both Jet Li and Jackie Chan as he brawls (seriously and comically) with numerous bad guys throughout the film. And he finishes with an exciting Vin Diesel XXX-like drop-from-the-sky-by-parachute-rendezvous to hijack a Mercedes eighteen-wheeler led convoy to save the day - and win the girl - while simultaneously rescuing us from her father's hideous appearance once and for all!
If you watch this feature, don't bother counting the flaws in the plot. You'll quickly run out of fingers. Even so, 'The Transporter' is still mindlessly entertaining. I just hope that this movie indicates that better films are yet in store for us...from Jason Statham!
Actually, Statham has all the right stuff: he's athletic, intelligent,sexy, honest (to a point)and physically imposing for a short guy. You know the kind of guy you'd share a bottle of Tequila with, let your sister go out with, have beside you when you go to beat up your brother-in-law or drive your Mom to the mall. He's a guy's guy and a woman's guy. He harkens back to the Gables, Stewarts, Fonda's of the world. He's the strong/silent type with extras. I'd really like to see him as a romantic lead, maybe in a film with Drew Barrymore or Jude Law.
This film is nothing new plot wise but it's done with style and grace and the scene of Statham and a bunch of bad guys and a drum full of motor oil is a classic.
If there is any justice in this world, Statham will be the next James Bond. But being that there isn't much, let's hope he has a long, brilliant career instead.
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Not as good as 2 and 3 but still, it completes the set.Published 4 months ago by Philip I. Rubinoff
Le colis est arriver selon la date prévu. Le contenant est en bon état et facile à ouvrir. Le DVD a été lu sans problème. Read morePublished 15 months ago by FORTIN, Ginette
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