Friday, January 16, 2009


Jason Statham, Natalya Rudakova, Francois Berleand, Robert Knepper,Jeroen Krabbe

"This time, the rules are the same. Except one."

Shang Cineplex

Frank Martin (Jason Statham) is back in the 3rd installment of the Transporter. I watched the original and actually liked the 'concept'. A man who happens to be ex military is hired by dubious elements to transport (drive) a package to any destination. He gets paid a hefty sum. He is guided by a set of strict rules. To cite a few - he drives his own car which is custom made to suit all types of dangerous situations. The total weight of his passengers need to be a specific sum. Always wear the seat belt. He never opens the package. He wears impeccable tailored suits. But then rules are meant to be broken and that's when it gets exciting!

The thing about the Transporter is that he is also funny in that dry witty Brit sense of humour kind of way. He is organized, neat and is very calculative. He is 'trained' to drive under any precarious circumstances. He can fight the whole lot of them, them being the bad guys. He also gets to drive to panoramic locales all over Europe. In short, he takes his job seriously and he is really good at it.

In this film, he is now based in a little town off Marseilles, in sort of retirement mode, spends his days fishing with his friend, Inspector Tacori. But he is suddenly and reluctantly forced to take up a new task. He needs to transport a passenger from Marseilles to Budapest and he ends up all the way in Odessa, Ukraine. Once again more scenic routes on his journey, a 'difficult' passenger/package and along the way he 'battles' quite efficiently the villains.

But then they decided to throw in a romantic angle. An unknown starlet who cannot act at all and has only one pained expression on her face. They don't have any chemistry. The love story is forced. The transporter is at his best working alone without any annoying distractions like a love interest.

Otherwise the stunts are still amazing. The driving is top notch and the scenery is breathtakingly gorgeous. The theme is environment protection - quite appropriate. His friend, Inspector Tacori is still around for some good repartee. So it was worth sitting in a cold nearly empty movie theater and be regaled with Frank Martin's antics.

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