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Transporter 3 (2008)

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  • Genre: Action | Adventure | Crime | Thriller
  • Release Date: 26 November 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 104 min
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  • IMDb page: Transporter 3 (2008)
  • Rate: 5.9/10 total 52,585 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Adventure | Crime | Thriller
  • Release Date: 26 November 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 104 min
  • Filming Location: Budapest, Hungary
  • Budget: €30,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $31,316,973(USA)(28 December 2008)
  • Director: Olivier Megaton
  • Stars: Jason Statham, Robert Knepper and Natalya Rudakova
  • Original Music By: Alexandre Azaria   
  • Soundtrack: Wherever You Were
  • Sound Mix: DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS
  • Plot Keyword: Car | Driving | Toxic Waste | Digit In Title | Redhead

Writing Credits By:

  • Luc Besson (written by) &
  • Robert Mark Kamen (written by)
  • Luc Besson (characters) &
  • Robert Mark Kamen (characters)

Known Trivia

  • One of the promotion posters for the film shows Valentina (Natalya Rudakova) posed holding a gun, despite the fact that nowhere in the film does she do so.
  • Olivier Megaton’s first feature film in six years. In between this and La sirène rouge, he directed numerous ads, music videos, documentaries and short films, as well as being the second unit director on Hitman.
  • Olivier Megaton views the “Transporter” franchise as being somewhere in between the James Bond and “Die Hard” series, with a slight edge to “Die Hard”.
  • Robert Knepper was inspired by Ernest Hemingway to create his character’s look, and even created a whole back-story for himself. Thus he imagined Johnson to have grown up in a typical small American town, to have graduated from a prestigious university such as Yale or Harvard, to be highly cultured and sophisticated and to truly believe that he was doing the right thing for his country and the world. In addition Olivier Megaton asked Knepper to draw inspiration from Kiefer Sutherland’s performance in Phone Booth.
  • The fight between Frank Martin and Johnson was shot in two days and Robert Knepper only had a stunt double for one particular action.
  • Natalya Rudakova, who was a hairdresser with no acting experience prior to this film, was discovered by producer Luc Besson as he was walking down the street in New York. Besson caught up to her and asked her to take some acting lessons and then come in for an audition.
  • All the car stunts were performed in real time, without models and little to no CGI, which naturally provided its daily dose of challenges to Michel Julienne’s stunt team.
  • The car that Frank drives is an Audi A8 a with a 6.0 liter W12 engine. The engine is derived from the Bentley Continental GT. The W12 engine was made by Volkswagen.
  • An actual Volkswagen Transporter 3 van crosses the screen just after the Audi leaves the ferry in Marseilles (3m30s) and another one is seen behind inspector Tarconi when he informs minister Vasilev that his daughter’s safe (90m48s).
  • Valentina has a Chinese character tattooed to the back of her neck. It is the character for peace.

Goofs: Continuity: When Frank and Valentina are arguing over the keys by the cliff, just after Frank discovers the phone books, the position of the phone book on the ground changes from close to the car, far from the car and disappearing.

Plot: Frank Martin puts the driving gloves on to deliver Valentina, the kidnapped daughter of a Ukranian government official, from Marseilles to Odessa on the Black Sea. En route, he has to contend with thugs who want to intercept Valentina's safe delivery and not let his personal feelings get in the way of his dangerous objective. Full summary »  »

Story: Toxic waste bubbles in a ship waiting permission to dock in Odessa. Frank Martin turns down a job in Marseilles, referring it to a pal. A short time later, the pal, wounded by gunfire, crashes his car into Frank's living room and dies, leaving a young woman in the back seat. The employer of the dead man shows up, forces Frank to take the job, snaps a bracelet on his wrist that will explode if Frank gets more than 75 feet from his car, and sends Frank on a journey east with the young woman and a trunk full of something. She's Valentina, nearly mute. Can Frank figure out what's going on, deliver the package, and escape alive? And what does the ship have to do with it?Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>  

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Luc Besson known as producer
  • Steve Chasman known as producer (as Steven Chasman)

FullCast & Crew:

  • Jason Statham known as Frank Martin
  • Natalya Rudakova known as Valentina
  • François Berléand known as Tarconi
  • Robert Knepper known as Johnson
  • Jeroen Krabbé known as Leonid Vasilev
  • Alex Kobold known as Leonid's Aide
  • David Atrakchi known as Malcom Manville
  • Yann Sundberg known as Flag
  • Eriq Ebouaney known as Ice
  • David Kammenos known as Driver Market
  • Silvio Simac known as Mighty Joe
  • Oscar Relier known as Thug / Driver
  • Timo Dierkes known as Otto
  • Igor Koumpan known as Cop Ukraine
  • Paul Barrett known as Captain
  • Elef Zack known as Mate
  • Katia Tchenko known as Leonid's Secretary
  • Michel Neugarten known as Assassin Driver – Sergueï
  • Farid Elouardi known as Yuri
  • Mike Powers known as American #1
  • Philippe Maymat known as American #2
  • Franck Neel known as American #3
  • Jean-Luc Boucherot known as Truck Driver
  • Tonio Descanvelle known as Crewman #1
  • Stephen Croce known as Crewman #2
  • Martial Bezot known as Crewman #3
  • Stephen Shagov known as Port Captain
  • Julien Muller known as Cop Frank's House
  • Arnaud Gibey known as French Cop / Forensic Lab
  • Guillaume Nail known as Ambulance Man
  • Denis Braccini known as Custom Officer #1
  • Stefo Linard known as Custom Officer #2
  • Aline Stinus known as Custom Officer Kiev
  • Kait Tenison known as Custom Officer Kiev
  • Aïssa Bussetta known as Reporter (as Fabien-Aïssa Busetta)
  • Venugopal Balakrishnan known as Asian Clerk Electronic Store
  • Sebastien Vandenberghe known as Assassin # 2 Mercedes
  • Semmy Schilt known as The Giant
  • Eric Moreau known as Cameraman (uncredited)

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Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Olivier Afonso known as special makeup effects supervisor
  • Frédérique Arguello known as key hair stylist
  • Jeanne Bolzinger known as special effects makeup sculptor
  • Guy Bonnel known as special makeup effects assistant
  • Anne-Marie Branca-Martiquet known as additional makeup artist (as Anne-Marie Branca)
  • Guillaume Castagné known as special makeup effects assistant
  • Sabine Fevre known as assistant makeup artist
  • Stéphanie Hassan known as assistant makeup artist
  • Nicolas Herlin known as special makeup effects assistant
  • Laetitia Hillion known as special makeup effects assistant
  • Cyril Hipaux known as special makeup effects artist
  • Frédéric Lainé known as special makeup effects assistant
  • Pascal Larue known as special effects makeup sculptor
  • Pascal Larue known as special makeup effects artist
  • Géraldine Lemaire known as additional hair assistant
  • Géraldine Lemaire known as additional hair stylist
  • Manu Malville known as assistant hair stylist (as Manu Malville 'Manu')
  • Sophie Massardy known as assistant makeup artist
  • Françoise Quilichini known as key makeup artist
  • Frédéric Zaid known as additional hair assistant

Art Department:

  • Pascal Chevé known as plasterer
  • Tom Danos known as carpenter
  • Fabienne David known as draftsman
  • Stephanie Laurent Delarue known as second assistant art director
  • Jonathan Delerue known as storyboard artist
  • Cécile Deleu known as supervising set decorator
  • Henri Demonio known as carpenter
  • Guillaume Diehl known as set dresser
  • Jean-Luc Fouvet known as carpenter
  • Julius Hoffmann known as production buyer
  • Pierre Imberteche known as plasterer
  • Pascal Leguellec known as assistant art director
  • Quentin Lestienne known as props
  • Florent Maillot known as property master
  • Xavier Miclet known as carpenter
  • Emmanuelle Olle known as assistant set dresser
  • Anne Pelosi known as assistant art director
  • Francois Poublan known as additional property master
  • Virgile Regnault known as special props maker
  • Per-Olof Renard known as first assistant art director
  • Laurent Saimond known as property master
  • Patrick Schmitt known as first assistant art director
  • Clément Chapelle known as property master (uncredited)
  • Jeanne dit Fouque Damien known as graphic designer (uncredited)
  • Arthur Deleu known as assistant art director (uncredited)
  • Xavier Petit known as props (uncredited)

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Company

Production Companies:

  • Europa Corp.
  • TF1 Films Production (in co-production with)
  • Grive Productions (in co-production with)
  • Apipoulaï (in co-production with) (as Apipoulaï Productions)
  • Current Entertainment (in association with)
  • Canal+ (with the participation of)
  • CinéCinéma (with the participation of)

Other Companies:

  • Aile Image  aerial camera equipment
  • Alchimix  sound editing equipment
  • Artistic Images  sound editing equipment
  • Association ca Tourne  sound equipment
  • CES  grip equipment
  • Camera-Bogard  steadicam
  • Cascades et Cascadeurs  car stunts
  • Chahut  sound editing equipment
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • Cinemarine Team  underwater camera equipment (as Cinemarine)
  • Cinécool  end titles
  • Cinéphase  adr stage
  • Cinéstéréo  optical sound transfer
  • Cute Yound International  wire technology (as Cute Yound Ltd)
  • D.C.A.  sound equipment
  • Digital Factory  digital color grading
  • Digital Factory  editing facilities
  • Digital Factory  foley stage
  • Digital Factory  music recorded and mixed at
  • Digital Factory  re-recording stage
  • Dubbing Brothers  adr stage (as Dubbing Brothers Burbank)
  • Duboicolor  film scanning
  • Filmotechnic Europa  water camera equipment
  • Flashpoint Studios  production assistance
  • Freche Location  electrical equipment (as Loxam-Lev-Freche)
  • Highfun  sound equipment
  • Le Vestiaire  costume rental
  • M.O. Pour Mot  adr (as Mot Pour Mo)
  • Next Shot  grip equipment
  • On Tour Productions  grip and lighting equipment
  • Panavision Alga  camera equipment (as Panavision)
  • Paramount Transportation Services  transportation services
  • Stunt Central  stunts
  • Tapages  sound equipment
  • Transpalux  electrical equipment
  • Unitraders  production services: Ukraine

Distributors:

  • Lionsgate (2008) (USA) (all media)
  • Asmik Ace Entertainment (2009) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Icon Film Distribution (2009) (Australia) (theatrical)
  • International Film Distribution Consultants (2008) (non-USA) (theatrical)
  • RCV Film Distribution (2009) (Luxembourg) (theatrical)
  • RCV Film Distribution (2009) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Belga Home Vidéo (2009) (Belgium) (DVD)
  • Belga Home Vidéo (2009) (Belgium) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Central Partnership (2008) (Russia) (all media)
  • DeA Planeta Home Entertainment (2008) (Spain) (all media)
  • Empire (2009) (Romania) (DVD)
  • EuropaCorp. Distribution (2008) (France) (all media)
  • Festive Films (2009) (Singapore) (all media)
  • Gativideo (2009) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Golden Village Pictures (2009) (Singapore) (all media)
  • Icon Film Distribution (2009) (New Zealand) (all media)
  • Icon Film Distribution (2008) (UK) (all media)
  • JMH Distribution (2009) (Switzerland) (all media)
  • Maple Pictures (2008) (Canada) (all media)
  • Nordisk Film Distribution (2009) (Denmark) (all media)
  • Nordisk Film International Sales (2009) (Denmark) (all media)
  • Nordisk Film Theatrical Distribution (2009) (Finland) (all media)
  • Nordisk Film (2009) (Norway) (all media)
  • Nordisk Film (2009) (Norway) (all media) (Blu-ray)
  • Nordisk Film (2009) (Sweden) (all media)
  • One Movie (2011) (Italy) (video)
  • Pioneer Films (2009) (Philippines) (all media)
  • RCV Film Distribution (2009) (Belgium) (VHS)
  • RCV Home Entertainment (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • RCV Home Entertainment (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • SP Films (2009) (Argentina) (all media)
  • SPI International (2009) (Czech Republic) (all media)
  • SPI International (2009) (Slovakia) (all media)
  • Universum Film (UFA) (2008) (Germany) (all media)

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Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Duran Duboi (visual effects: car green screen)
  • Mac Guff Ligne (visual effects: trucks, underwater and train scenes) (as Mac Guff)
  • Éclair Numérique (additional visual effects) (as Eclair VFX)
  • Bigbang SFX (special effects)
  • CLSFX (special makeup effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Céline Allegre known as digital artist: Mac Guff
  • Luc Augereau known as visual effects producer: Eclair VFX
  • Marie-Claire Bazart known as CG supervisor: Mac Guff
  • Charline Beauchemin known as restoration coordinator: Eclair VFX
  • Alain Bignet known as digital compositor
  • Jerome Binckly known as digital restoration artist: Eclair VFX
  • Jacques Bled known as visual effects producer: Mac Guff
  • Cyrille Bonjean known as compositing supervisor
  • Lucie Bories known as digital compositor
  • Erwan Boucher known as Flame artist: Mac Guff
  • Marie Bourguet known as digital artist: Mac Guff
  • Lohengrin Braconnier known as assistant colorist
  • Maxime Bray known as digital effects artist: Mac Guff Line
  • Laurent Brett known as screen designer
  • Bertrand Breuze known as digital compositor
  • Habbah Bruno known as digital artist: Duran Duboi (as Bruno Habbah)
  • Pascale Callier known as digital artist: Mac Guff
  • Remi Cauzid known as digital artist: Mac Guff
  • Rodolphe Chabrier known as visual effects supervisor: Mac Guff
  • Emmanuel Chex known as digital restoration artist: Eclair VFX
  • Jean-Claude Cintas known as digital restoration artist: Eclair VFX
  • Arno Clerc known as digital restoration artist: Eclair VFX
  • Solena Collignon known as digital artist: Mac Guff (as Solen Collignon)
  • Arnaud Damez known as smoke artist
  • Clement Darbois known as digital compositor
  • Olivier Debert known as Flame artist: Duran Duboi
  • Thomas Delcoy known as digital artist: Mac Guff
  • Delphine Domer known as visual effects post producer: Mac Guff (as Delphine 'Fifine' Domer)
  • Antoine Douadi known as digital artist: Eclair VFX
  • Sebastien Dupuis known as digital artist: Mac Guff
  • Alain Duval known as matte painter: Mac Guff
  • Thomas Duval known as visual effects supervisor
  • Karine Feron known as digital artist: Mac Guff
  • Lise Fischer known as digital artist: Mac Guff
  • Gregoire Foret known as digital artist: Mac Guff
  • Philippe Frère known as Flame artist: Duran Duboi
  • Damien Gautron known as digital artist: Mac Guff
  • Virginie Giroux known as digital artist: Mac Guff
  • Elodie Glain known as visual effects coordinator
  • Sebastien Gombeaud-Saintonge known as Flame artist: Mac Guff Ligne, Paris
  • Sebastien Gombeaud-Saintonge known as Flame artist: Mac Guff (as Sebastien Gombeaud Saintonge)
  • David Gourmaud known as visual effects editor
  • Aurélien Grand known as retouch and restoration
  • Jérémy Justice known as Flame artist: Duran Duboi
  • Nicolas Kermel known as digital artist
  • Jerome Kerzerho known as digital artist: Mac Guff
  • Pacini Kevin known as visual effects editor
  • Nicolas Lacroix known as visual effects coordinator
  • Aurelie Lajoux known as senior compositor
  • Romain Leclerc known as Flame artist
  • Yann Leroux known as digital compositor
  • Nicolas Louvet known as digital artist: Mac Guff
  • Elodie Ly Tri known as retouch and restoration
  • Gaston Marcotti known as digital artist
  • Malika Mazauric known as digital artist: Eclair VFX
  • Fredrik Monteil known as digital artist: Duran Duboi
  • Fredrik Monteil known as digital compositor
  • Rodney Musso known as assistant colorist: Digital Factory
  • Laurent Pancaccini known as animator
  • Benjamin Pelletreau known as digital compositor
  • Cecile Peltier known as scene supervisor: Duran Duboi
  • Benoit Philippon known as digital compositor
  • Mai Pujol known as digital restoration artist: Eclair VFX
  • Sebastien Rame known as digital compositor
  • Sebastien Rame known as scene supervisor: Duran Duboi
  • Nicolas Renou known as lighting and rendering: Mac Guff
  • Nicolas Rigaud known as digital compositor
  • Ghislain Rio known as digital compositor
  • David Roubah known as digital artist: Mac Guff
  • Stephanie Saillard known as digital compositor: Mac Guff
  • Marine Samyn known as digital artist: Mac Guff
  • Florian Senand known as digital compositor
  • Antonin Seydoux known as CG supervisor: Mac Guff
  • Patrick Siboni known as Flame artist: Mac Guff
  • Virginie Taravel known as digital artist: Mac Guff
  • Annabelle Troukens known as visual effects producer
  • Antoine Vierny known as digital artist: Mac Guff
  • Aurélie Villard known as digital artist: Eclair VFX
  • Pierre Villette known as digital artist: Mac Guff
  • Laetitia Young known as digital artist: Mac Guff (as Laetitia Yung)
  • Niranjan Siva known as digital compositor (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • France 26 November 2008
  • USA 26 November 2008
  • Russia 27 November 2008
  • Ukraine 27 November 2008
  • India 5 December 2008
  • Ireland 5 December 2008
  • Latvia 5 December 2008
  • UK 5 December 2008
  • Belgium 10 December 2008
  • Thailand 10 December 2008
  • Brazil 12 December 2008
  • Indonesia 17 December 2008
  • Estonia 19 December 2008
  • Turkey 26 December 2008
  • Switzerland 31 December 2008 (French speaking region)
  • Iceland 1 January 2009
  • Singapore 1 January 2009
  • Germany 8 January 2009
  • Philippines 8 January 2009
  • Portugal 8 January 2009
  • South Korea 8 January 2009
  • Austria 9 January 2009
  • Norway 16 January 2009
  • Poland 16 January 2009
  • Romania 23 January 2009
  • Spain 23 January 2009
  • Switzerland 29 January 2009 (German speaking region)
  • Australia 5 February 2009
  • Hungary 5 February 2009
  • China 12 February 2009
  • Netherlands 12 February 2009
  • Czech Republic 19 February 2009
  • Mexico 20 February 2009
  • Egypt 25 February 2009
  • Croatia 26 February 2009
  • Argentina 12 March 2009
  • New Zealand 26 March 2009
  • Sweden 6 May 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Finland 20 May 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Peru 11 June 2009
  • Greece 30 July 2009
  • Japan 15 August 2009
  • Panama 25 September 2009
  • Italy 15 March 2010 (TV premiere)

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense action and violence, some sexual content and drug material

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10 Comments

  1. Matthew Sexton from England
    30 Mar 2012, 4:58 pm

    Read through all the reviews of this movie. Big fan of the first twomyself and just got back from watching this. Pretty surprised thatnobody has articulated the real reasons why this movie doesn't work.

    Firstly, if you didn't enjoy the first or second movie all of thisprobably won't be very relevant. I would have thought that most peoplewatching the third would have likely seen and enjoyed the other filmsin the series.

    So, why is this the weakest film in the series? Anybody's review whocriticises it based on a unrealistic plot or implausible action ismissing the point. This might be obvious but there are numerous reviewsciting these as the reasons for the film being average/bad. It's alsoan important part of the formula that worked well in the first andsecond films.

    The reason this third effort doesn't work as well and is not asenjoyable is due to a variety of factors – TONE and PACING probablybeing the key reasons and also areas where it departs from the previousinstalments.

    By tone i mean a few things. Is there ridiculous over the top action inthis film? Yes, most definitely, but the problem is in how it is beingpresented. The other movies made you laugh in their almost comic bookpresentation and stunts. This film is genuinely trying to sell itselfas a serious action movie. They completely took the humour out of allthe potentially very humorous moments through the more 'arty' editing,over the top score dramatic score (soundtrack definitely plays a bigpart of the different tone in the 3rd movie) and generally lousyscript.

    This leads on to the pacing, which is far too slow at times. Way toomuch dialogue between Statham and the girl. Yes we know the characterfairly well but the movies were always about the action and less thedialogue. Jason Statham is capable but the script can't really be savedhere.

    So, a dramatically more realistic Transporter movie but sucked dry ofall the humorous and fun tone that made the previous instalments somuch fun. As I said there are plenty of silly and deliberately humorousmoments but the way it was constructed and presented meant I wasn'tlaughing anywhere near as much as I was in the other films. This inconclusion is the main failure of Transporter 3 – 5/10 just for being anew movie in an otherwise cool franchise.

  2. bryanleslie44 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 4:58 pm

    I read many of the reviews on rottentomatoes and almost did not go tosee this movie. What a mistake that would have been. If you want to goto a movie,sit down and be entertained for 1 hour and 40 minutes withnon stop action then this is the movie for you. I am not a seriousmovie critic I am just an average guy who wants to go to a movie thatwill be enjoyable. This movie is fun to watch from the beginning to theend. I asked others that were sitting near me what they thought of themovie and they all liked it. I thought that Jason Statham was perfectas Frank Martin. I wish that I had a body like that, I would do astriptease for a living. I enjoyed that the French Inspector was moreinvolved in this movie over the last 2. He brought a lot of humor. Thegirl at first was annoying but she kind of grew on me and by the end ofthe movie I liked her.

  3. Ana_K_71 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 4:58 pm

    I loved both Transporter and Transporter 2, and I couldn't wait untilopening day of Transporter 3. I recruited a few of my friends and wemade a girls' night outing to see it. My big disappointment was withthe director's comic fast-frames in the fight sequences. Jason Stathammoves so fluidly in fight sequences, that it's both beautiful and aturn-on to watch. However, with jerky camera movements and theridiculous fast-forwarding, the elements of grace and power were lost.The director tried to substitute plenty of still moments with ashirtless Statham in an attempt to give us some eye candy, but none ofthis did Jason justice, nor was it a fitting substitute. NatalyaRudakova was much too young for him as a romantic interest (kind ofcreepy), and I was unconvinced by her cheesy accent and her character'sincongruent language mastery. Her character went from describinggourmet delicacies in perfect English to saying "what means ____"(insert basic word).

    I loved François Berléand again, and of course Jason put in anotheroutstanding performance. Natalya could have been a fun character,without the bad accent and romantic twist to the plot.

    Please give us a Transporter 4 more in line with the previous twofilms!!

  4. Grant_Price from United Kingdom
    30 Mar 2012, 4:58 pm

    This hasn't been verified (yet), but I think Transporter 3 is anattempt to make the stupidest film of all time on every single level,from the characters to the editing to Jason Statham chasing an Audi S8on a BMX. Even the tag-line makes no sense. "This time, the rules arethe same. Except one." What do you mean, the rules are the same, exceptfor one of them? They're not the same at all then are they? They'redifferent. "This time the rules are the same except they're different."More honest.

    The plot for Transporter 3 is utterly illogical. Dome-headed FrankMartin (Statham) is forced against his will by evil contractor Johnson(Robert Knepper) to transport Valentina, a kidnapped girl fromMarseilles to Odessa in order to make the girl's father, a Ukranianofficial, sign a document allowing a faceless US corporation to dumphazardous waste in his country. Why does it make any difference whetherthe girl is in Marseilles or Odessa? It doesn't. So why is she beingmoved? Because otherwise the story wouldn't exist. There, the film hasno meaning. Considering the threats to the Ukranian official are madeby phone anyway, the girl could be kept in a room next door or acrossthe other side of the world and it would not affect her father'sdecision. Now, hypothesise that there was actually some reason for herto be in Odessa. Would it not make sense for the corporation to merelyhire a private plane to fly her there instead of strong-arming aprofessional killer (Frank's transporting skills are constantlysecondary to his punch-a-guy-through-a-wall abilities, despite what thetitles of the trilogy would have you believe) into taking her there bycar with a promise of certain death for Frank when he reaches hisdestination, thereby giving him the ultimate impetus to change theseplans in a way that would ensure his survival and the deaths of thosewho made his involvement in this nonsensical exercise in Discordianismcompulsory? The answer is yes.

    Jason Statham does well in his role as "any character from any filmhe's ever been in." Except one (I can do it too, tag-line). He actuallyachieves his career nadir here, when he does a striptease forValentina, the most annoying character ever committed to film. Playedby Natalya Rudakova (her first and, if God/Buddha/contract killersexist, her last), the character embodies everything wrong with themovie. She is incredibly shallow, talks perpetually, finds Frankstabbing a metal pole into somebody's throat a turn on, and triesdesperately to look sexy by pouting or arching her eyebrow in everyscene. The attempt to provide her with any sort of dimension beyond'cardboard cut-out' by interspersing every Frank/Valentina conversationwith an elaborate description of what she would like to eat at thatgiven moment is not cute, it makes me wish Frank had left her seat-beltundone and driven into a bollard at 80mph. In fact, the only instancewhere her screen presence is appreciated is when she gets punched inthe stomach by the villain and falls to the floor crying. It was almostworth enduring the prolix runtime for.

    Miscellaneous instances of brilliance include Frank smashing head firstthrough the window of his Audi to oust the guy driving it and then asecond later we realise Frank has one of those new 'self-repairing'cars where windows fix themselves and nobody mentions it again. Themagic car also manages, in true X-Wing style, to lift itself out of alake using only the force (or a handy bag of air), before summoning anold man on a tractor to somehow lasso it and pull it to shore whereuponthe flooded engine starts first time. Other than the car, the highlightof the film is Frank's inexplicable decision to attach an explosivedevice to the antagonist, trigger its timer, and then stand next to himlooking confused before jumping behind a chair a second prior to theexplosion. For an anguished moment I thought Transporter 4 was a no-go,but then Frank emerged totally unscathed and I punched the air inunbridled delight.

    To conclude, Transporter 3 is the worst action film of 2008, anineffable feat considering this is the same year that spawned Wanted.Natalya Rudakova takes it upon herself to make the film unwatchable,and not even the ridiculous stunts that would never happen, even in amonkey-Shakespeare infinity, can provide anyone with an excuse to seeit.

  5. Cimta-1 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 4:58 pm

    I just went to the Premiere at Planet Hollywood last night, and if youenjoyed the ridiculous action seen in the first two, you willdefinitely enjoy Transporter 3. Jason Statham returns and kickseveryone's ass regardless of the situation, and the vehicular action inthis one is better than ever. His new "girl along for the ride", playedby Natalya Rudakova, serves as a humorously contrasting (and hot)addition to Frank's troubles, and she managed to deliver a half decentperformance. Transporter 3 is over-the-top and cheesy at times, but ifyou don't mind those things in an action movie, then there is muchentertainment to be found here.

  6. DICK STEEL from Singapore
    30 Mar 2012, 4:58 pm

    I'm beginning to see a pattern here, and I'm thinking that TheTransporter, if it has the legs for more movies, could be the franchiseequivalent of being a poor man's cousin to James Bond. Created andwritten by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen for three installments sofar, the character of Frank Martin is a roguish looking strongman witha penchant for suiting up when going about being the best of the bestin personalized delivery, with no questions asked, no names, and awhole host of other rules which he will of course break during thecourse of the movie.

    Like Bond, he drives a cool, sponsored signature car. While Bond hashis Aston Martins and BMWs, Frank Martin traded his BM in the firstmovie, for the armoured Audi A8 W12 which he has brought over from thesecond film, and here, that sweet supercar got to be put through evenmore punishment. It also shows itself to be a cut about the rest inbeing waterproof too, and an occasional dunk in the river won't put outthe powerful engine, with tyres that self-inflate too (ok, so just incase you don't realize, I'm pointing out mistakes).

    And it follows the Bond formula in having the Chick of the Flickhighlight too. Shu Qi came on board in the first film as the vixen whotraded her body to convince Frank to take the job. Then we had the goodgirl-bad girl combination for Part 2 with Amber Valletta and Kate Nautarespectively. Here, model Natalya Rudakova, with her very obviousfreckles getting in the way, continues from where Shu Qi left off,being the flower vase who can't speak English fluently no thanks to herstrong accent, and that's fine since their characters hail from anon-English speaking country.

    Director at the helm has been round robin too (now by Olivier Megaton),with Hong Konger Corey Yuen crafting the first movie, before taking theback seat in every film by taking charge of how Frank Martin does handto hand combat. So we do get to see some consistency in the techniquethat Jason Statham adopts in performing martial arts and various stuntwork on his own, and Statham definitely has what it takes to fill upthe void of having the lack of Western action heroes on the big screen.I suppose with more hits under his belt (pardon the pun) he couldcement this status, and I sincerely hope that he avoids the plague ofbeing relegated in his later years to the direct to video market.

    As far as the story goes, it just provides a basic premise and anexcuse to see how our hero gets to sit behind the wheel again. TheFrank Martin now is more laid back, and spends most of his leisure timewith the French detective Tarconi (Francois Berleand) whom he hasbefriended now. Until of course his reputation catches up with him, andin a Crank inspired moment, has to do what he does best for the badguys, much against his wishes. The villains almost always seem to bepart of what's topical at the moment, and this time Frank Martin has tocontend with some eco-terrorists who are blackmailing a minister,involving some permit for industrial waste.

    But who cares about any semblance of the plot anyway? We're looking forsome adrenaline pumping, high octane action aren't we all? And here'swhere it takes a slide for the worse actually. Unlike Bond, there isn'tanything new or refreshing to keep the audience engaged and away fromthe deja-vu feeling. For some reason, Besson and Kamen's story seemedto be stuck in a lot of drama and talk-talk-talk, giving our hero notmuch time to flex his muscles. And when he gets the chance to, it's thesame old one-man-surrounded-by-thugs routine where he effortlesslydispatches them all with aplomb.

    Such fight scenes are becoming common in The Transporter franchise, andCorey Yeun definitely needs to rejuvenate his action sequences designedfor the franchise pronto. There are only two major fisticuffs scenes,and they all follow the same routine, which spells boring. And apartfrom that, we get the usual complementary car chases which seem to berather standard with the usual camera shots and angles capturing theaction too.

    Fans of the series and of Statham will no doubt make a bee line at thebox office for this, but I suspect that should there be any morethoughts on extending the franchise beyond the three films, then whilethe formulaic plot format can be kept, the action better be innovativebecause nobody likes seeing the same thing twice. Since differentdirectors got a chance to have a go at the franchise, perhaps a changein action choreographers might give Frank Martin the lift that heneeds.

  7. devonblue from United Kingdom
    30 Mar 2012, 4:58 pm

    I do not fully understand why this film has been so severely slated. Asfar as action films go it ticked all the boxes, plenty of guns, carstunts, good fights, romance and even some corny humour, and has ahappy ending ………what do people expect ……….Sir LaurenceOlivier doing bloody Hamlet?

    If you have had a crap day at work, and want to watch a good actionmovie which is not demanding then this is very good "action" film, ifyou require something demanding then watch a good foreign film.

    I had as much fun watching this as I do watching a James Bond or JackieChan film. 8/10

  8. plex from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 4:58 pm

    REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS. I like the Transporter series as much as thenext person.They are fun, mindless, entertaining romps with very littleplausibility, adroitly led by Statham who has the goods to make thisseries worth-while viewing. BUT, this 3rd installment falls WAY shortin several ways. There is no pacing, only two short fight scenes in thefirst hour and the climax is very anticlimactic. I knew I was in for asnooze-fest when a W-12 Audi (his favorite car) crashes into his homeand he doesn't even blink an eye. How the girl goes unnoticed in theback seat while a gang of EMT workers pry the injured driver out is amystery to me. But this would be just the beginning of the ridiculousnature of this film.

    The film really never takes off, leaves you hanging and wanting morewithout ever delivering, just a lot of driving around Europe and notmuch more. The girls, is just that- a jaded selfish homely GIRL, who'sless than half of Martins age, yet he gets seduced by her even thoughshe's a major pain in his arse' and thinks little more past pleasingherself with drugs and partying, NOT the kind of girl we have been ledto believe Frank Martin would ever respect or be attracted to. No overthe-top villains or undie-clad gangsta' chix- nothing.

    The 2 most outrageously stupid scenes ( and there are many to pickfrom) has to be the bike chase scene where apparently Martin is a wordclass BMX stunt-racer that can outrun a Audi W-12 muscle car. Thesecond was him inflating large flotation devices (conveniently storedhis trunk), while he's deep underwater, with only the air from histires which caused the 2 ton car to rise to the surface and stillenough for him to breath on and drive the car when magically towed toshore by a good Samaritan.(this all takes place in less than 10 minutesstory-time)

    Even though I don't expect sharp dialog, this film takes it to a newlow with completely vapid and one-dimensional plastic delivery and evenless character development. Stay away from this one- its not worth yourtime, even on DVD.

  9. Elizabeth from Chicago
    30 Mar 2012, 4:58 pm

    Frankly this movie was a big slap in the face. The only person Iactually tolerated was Robbert Knepper. (Most of you know him fromPrison Break as T-bag; the notorious villain). He is well-known forthese kinds of roles and was the only character that was actuallybelievable in his part.

    This Movie was very typical, nothing exciting, very unoriginal. Most ofthe action scenes were recycled from the last two movies. How manytimes must 'Frank Martin' use fighting as an excuse to do a striptease. After a while every scene became even more predictable.

    The one thing which made me look away from the screen to ponder whetheror not this movie expected me to take it on seriously, was the lousyacting of (Natalya Rudakova)Valentina. When she began strangling thedriver which took Frank's place, I hoped he'd began strangling herinstead.

    Natalya Rudakova's acting felt pretentious from the beginning andsickened me throughout the entire movie. I struggled to keep myselffrom walking out on this one. I only hoped that such a ridiculous scenewould be accompanied by something that would salvage this poor excuseof a movie… but I was wrong.

    The only good thing I could possibly mention was an okay storyline.Something needs to be transported, Frank must be near his car at alltimes otherwise he would die. A typical storyline for Transporter,which I believe is getting old.

    The chemistry between Frank and Valentina felt forced and the attemptedsex scene between them where she hit him with the line 'make playtimewith me' well I wanted to personally slap the screen.

    Too many rules were broken in this installment, which broke down itscredibility. Except for Jason Statham's well-worked body, everythingelse got tired fast.

    The lame acting, poor lines gave me a low opinion of Transporter 3,which sucked because I really wanted to like this one.

  10. udar55 from Williamsburg, VA
    30 Mar 2012, 4:58 pm

    Honestly, I thought I was going to have an epileptic fit from the fightscenes. No joke – in a one minute fight scene there are almost 50 cuts.Can you imagine Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan or Tony Jaa doing that? No way.The point of an action film is to highlight cool action scenes. Youcan't do that when this Michael Bay-influenced rapid fire editing.

    I liked the first two entries in this series, but this one is really,really bad. I think the blame lies with director Olivier Megaton whoseems to not know how to shoot or edit a fight scene to save his life.Seriously, why hire Corey Yuen to do your fight scenes if you are goingto cut ever half second? Just a complete mess. The sad part is thatnearly 60% of the movie is edited like this. Honestly, do we need threeflash cuts when you are just showing a picture on a passport?

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