Transporter 3

Transporter3“Do I look like a man who came half-way across Europe to die on a bridge?”

Frank Martin, played by international star Jason Statham, has a new assignment he’s forced into in this third installment of the high-octane action film series. You can get a single-disc edition, a two-disc “fully loaded” edition and/or Blu-ray edition. This review involves the two-disc set, which expands to a second disc only to offer you a digital copy of this film. This time, Frank doesn’t get a choice as his in-demand, successful reputation works against him…initially.

Frank finds himself forced into delivering a girl named Valentina, played by Natalya Rudakova. Valentina accompanies Frank on a cross-country trek as the antagonist, simply named Johnson, is played by Robert Knepper, gives Frank updated routes through various technology gadgets as he stays on the move to avoid the police and attempts to keep them both in check with explosive bracelets that explode when if they would venture to far from the car. Knepper has a great screen presence and acting skills plus some nice fighting moves near the end.

The action sequences mainly stem from his villainous handler’s attempts to keep him on track to deliver the cargo, especially when Frank visits his friend for some technical assistance. “With you it’s always complicated,” he says to Frank. This sequence, featuring a great fight between Statham and a very large gent named Silvio Simac, also awakens Valentina’s romantic interest in Frank, one of the film’s weaker points mainly due to the lack of chemistry Rudakova has with Statham.

Francois Berleand returns as Inspector Tarconi and gets several scenes with Statham, (especially the boat scenes, which probably give Statham a well deserved rest) but doesn’t really further his character much beyond supporting Frank’s off the book exploits and contacting the bad guy’s victim, a Ukranian government official named Leonid Vasilev, played by veteran actor Jeroen Krabbe.

Not many plot twists, but a wider scope, blazing stunts and action sequences have plenty of great turns to keep you entertained. Frank handles the expanded challenges very well though the adventure is weakened due to the villain’s shaky plan/leverage against the diplomat (involving contracts), but, again the action is amazing, especially a chase sequence incorporating with a bicycle.

Statham has become an incredible physical actor and filmmakers wisely showcase his talents instead of using several stunt doubles. Filmmakers also inject more realistic action and less special effects, compared to the previous second film in the series.

Screenwriter/producer Luc Besson teams with his familiar partner Robert Mark Kamen on the script as director Olivier Megaton helms the action and is featured…the only one featured on the audio commentary, which is a bit of a disappointment (additions of Besson, Kamen and Statham would’ve been better).

Megaton mentions time constraints a few times, but every film had limitations. Maybe a director’s cut with deleted scenes could be delivered later…unless they didn’t get time to film them. Megaton and his crew create outstanding

The home video DVD version features include several featurettes and a nice related special titled Special Delivery: Transporters in Real Life where military veterans and other experts weigh in on their past, present and future definitions of a transporter’s duties and overall purpose/impact in the world.

Storyboards, action sequences, production design and visual effects are covered in the other decent featurettes. A solid purchase for action fans (**1/2 out of four stars) and rated PG-13 for sequences of intense action and violence, some sexual content and drug material.

Copyright © Michael Siebenaler

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