Transporter 3

November 26th, 2008

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Transporter 3

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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.

Release Year: 2008

Rating: 5.9/10 (51,094 voted)

Critic's Score: 51/100

Director: Olivier Megaton

Stars: Jason Statham, Robert Knepper, Natalya Rudakova

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?

Writers: Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen

Jason Statham - Frank Martin
Natalya Rudakova - Valentina
François Berléand - Tarconi
Robert Knepper - Johnson
Jeroen Krabbé - Leonid Vasilev
Alex Kobold - Leonid's Aide
David Atrakchi - Malcom Manville
Yann Sundberg - Flag
Eriq Ebouaney - Ice
David Kammenos - Driver Market
Silvio Simac - Mighty Joe
Oscar Relier - Thug / Driver
Timo Dierkes - Otto
Igor Koumpan - Cop Ukraine
Paul Barrett - Captain

Taglines: If You Need It To Arrive Safe and In One Piece -- Hire A Professional


Official Website: Official site | Official site [Germany] |

Release Date: 26 November 2008

Filming Locations: Budapest, Hungary

Box Office Details

Budget: €30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $12,063,452 (USA) (30 November 2008) (2626 Screens)

Gross: $31,316,973 (USA) (28 December 2008)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

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.

Continuity: In the scene where Johnson is convincing Frank to drive for him, he turns a gun on Frank after shooting one of his own men with it. In most of the scenes, he is holding what is obviously a 1911-style handgun. In one shot, however, when he is holding it to Frank's head, he is clearly holding a Beretta M92 in lieu of the 1911.

Valentina: Am I not sexy?
Frank Martin: [uninterested] ... yeah, you're sexy.
Valentina: [elatedly] You're the gay!
Frank Martin: Nope! I am not "the gay."

User Review

Not a shade on the first two Transporter movies and here's why

Rating: 5/10

Read through all the reviews of this movie. Big fan of the first two myself and just got back from watching this. Pretty surprised that nobody has articulated the real reasons why this movie doesn't work.

Firstly, if you didn't enjoy the first or second movie all of this probably won't be very relevant. I would have thought that most people watching the third would have likely seen and enjoyed the other films in the series.

So, why is this the weakest film in the series? Anybody's review who criticises it based on a unrealistic plot or implausible action is missing the point. This might be obvious but there are numerous reviews citing these as the reasons for the film being average/bad. It's also an important part of the formula that worked well in the first and second films.

The reason this third effort doesn't work as well and is not as enjoyable is due to a variety of factors - TONE and PACING probably being the key reasons and also areas where it departs from the previous instalments.

By tone i mean a few things. Is there ridiculous over the top action in this film? Yes, most definitely, but the problem is in how it is being presented. The other movies made you laugh in their almost comic book presentation and stunts. This film is genuinely trying to sell itself as a serious action movie. They completely took the humour out of all the potentially very humorous moments through the more 'arty' editing, over the top score dramatic score (soundtrack definitely plays a big part of the different tone in the 3rd movie) and generally lousy script.

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

So, a dramatically more realistic Transporter movie but sucked dry of all the humorous and fun tone that made the previous instalments so much fun. As I said there are plenty of silly and deliberately humorous moments but the way it was constructed and presented meant I wasn't laughing anywhere near as much as I was in the other films. This in conclusion is the main failure of Transporter 3 - 5/10 just for being a new movie in an otherwise cool franchise.

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