Combining Western-style car chases and Hong Kong-inspired fight sequences choreographed by martial arts legend Cory Yuen, the Luc Besson-created TRANSPORTER films have found international success as a sort of working-class James Bond series. Jason Statham, who has become the go-to guy for big-budget B-movie thrills, returns once again as Frank Martin, the driver-for-hire for whom no job is too risky. Brimming with the usual jaw-dropping stunts, this is another crowd-pleasing entry in the saga, delivered at a brisk and flashy clip by director Olivier Megaton. Following the coercion of Ukrainian environmental official Leonid Vasilev (Jeroen Krabbe) into signing papers permitting the shipping of toxic materials into a harbor by criminal mastermind Johnson (Robert Knepper), Frank Martin is forced into accepting the job of driving Vasilev's kidnapped daughter, Valentina (Natalya Rudakova)--acting as human collateral--from Marseilles to the Black Sea coastal city of Odessa. On the chance the Martin should attempt to flee, Johnson has rigged him with a bracelet that will detonate if he strays more than 75 feet from his car. When Valentina is intercepted by a rival group, Martin will have to push his Audi M8 to the limit to complete his mission and ensure his own survival.
The TRANSPORTER films require copious amounts of suspension of disbelief, but then again, one doesn't hope they will strictly adhere to the laws of physics. The third volume provides ample thrills, not the least of which is the sight of a car driving off a bridge onto a moving train. Plenty of screen time is also given to Statham's superhumanly chiseled torso, while freckled Rudakova's unconventional beauty balances out the sex appeal. In the end, Statham's undeniable likeability propels the film, and his chemistry in a handful of scenes with François Berleand, returning as Inspector Tarconi, provides some nice comic moments.
Natalya Rudakova - Actress
Robert Knepper - Actor/"Gas Food Lodging"
Steven Chasman - Producer, KISS OF THE DRAGON (2001)
Luc Besson - French director/writer: LEON/THE FIFTH ELEMENT
Francois Berleand - Actor
Eriq Ebouaney - Actor, LUMUMBA (2000)
Robert Mark Kamen
Jeroen Krabbe - Dutch Actor
Silvio Simac - Star, UNDISPUTED II: LAST MAN STANDING (2005)
Giovanni Fiore Coltellacci - Director of Photography, HOSTAGE (2005)
Alexandre Azaria - Composer, TRANSPORTER 2 (2005)
Corey Yuen - Director/"No Retreat..."
Corey Yuen Kwai - Director/"No Retreat..."
Yuen Kuei - Director/"No Retreat..."
Yuen Kwai - Director/"No Retreat..."
Cory Yuen - Director/"No Retreat..."
Fui Yuen - Director/"No Retreat..."
Kwai Yuen - Director/"No Retreat..."
Yuen Fui - Director/"No Retreat..."
Kuei Yuen - Director/"No Retreat..."
Olivier Megaton - French Director, RED SIREN (2002)
David Kammenos - Actor
Jason Statham - Actor, THE TRANSPORTER
Yann Sundberg - Actor
David Atrakchi - Star
Alex Kobold - Actor
- Format: DVD
- Run Time: 104
- Color Format: Color
- UPC: 031398107217
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Rating: PG-13 (MPAA) (for sequences of intense action and violence, some sexual content and drug material)
- Release Date: February 2013
"TRANSPORTER 3, like its predecessors, rides on the good looks and charisma of star Jason Statham....The stunts can be impressive, too." - 11/25/2008 USA Today
"[I]t's the charismatic unruffled dexterity in the face of impossible odds that rivets." - 11/26/2008 Los Angeles Times
"The third edition of the brassy global action franchise, featuring a hero who's finicky about rules of conduct, makes good on its formula with no pretensions." -- Grade: B - 12/05/2008 Entertainment Weekly, p.53