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The Transporter (2002)

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Frank is hired to "transport" packages for unknown clients and has made a very good living doing so. But when asked to move a package that begins moving, complications arise.

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Ex-Special Forces operator Frank Martin lives what seems to be a quiet life along the French Mediterranean, hiring himself out as a mercenary "transporter" who moves goods--human or otherwise--from one place to another. No questions asked. Carrying out mysterious and sometimes dangerous tasks in his tricked-out BMW, Frank adheres to a strict set of rules, which he never breaks. Rule One: Never change the deal. Rule Two: No names--Frank doesn't want to know whom he's working for, or what he's transporting. Rule Three: never look in the package. Frank's newest transport seems no different from the countless ones he's done in the past. He's been hired by an American known only as "Wall Street" to make a delivery; but when Frank stops along the route, he notices his package is moving. Violating Rule Three, Frank looks inside the bag, finding its contents to be a beautiful, gagged woman. Frank's steadfast adherence to his other two rules--which make up his basic code of survival--also ... Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Pro no hakobiya, iraihin wa itsumo WAKE ari [Japan] See more »

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violent sequences and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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11 October 2002 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,107,816 (USA) (11 October 2002)

Gross:

$25,296,447 (USA) (17 January 2003)
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Trivia

Wall Street's real name is Derren Bettencourt, as can be seen in the D.A.T.A.P.O.L. printout. See more »

Goofs

During the truck chase, the convoy runs the same section of the highway over and over again. See more »

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Darren 'Wall Street' Bettencourt: [to injured guy in bed] Who did this to you?
Guy in hospital: [weakly] The transporter.
Darren 'Wall Street' Bettencourt: The transporter's dead.
Guy in hospital: [weakly] No. Believe me. He isn't.
Darren 'Wall Street' Bettencourt: I believe you. And the police were they here?
[comes up close to injured guy and starts wiping the sweat off from his mouth using his handkerchief]
Darren 'Wall Street' Bettencourt: You told them nothing right?
Guy in hospital: No.
Darren 'Wall Street' Bettencourt: Of course, you couldn't. Let's keep it that way.
[Jams the handkerchief down the guy's throat choking him to death]
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References Ambush (2001) See more »

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Extract from "Concerto for Clarinet in A Major #622"
(Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)
Performed by Alfred Prinz and Wiener Philharmoniker (as The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra)
Conducted by Karl Böhm (as Karl Bohm)
(p) 1974 Polydor International GmbH
Courtesy of Universal Music Projets Speciaux
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All Quiet on the B-action Front
2 September 2006 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

A hard-boiled ex-soldier (Jason Statham) runs a private 'transporting' business in which he moves goods for clients from point A to point B, no questions asked, no packages opened and no names exchanged. One day, he breaks his own rule by opening the large bag he is transporting and finds a beautiful gagged woman (Qi Shu) in it.

Jason Statham of Snatch and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels fame slips into the buff testosterone-fuelled action-hero role with almost effortless conviction and the perfection with which he delivers his cheesy lines deserves credit ("All right, that's enough juice for now."). From the campy winks, the fast-paced drop-kicks and packing punches and just generally badass attitude, Statham clearly masters the B-action genre. He knows what he needs to do to entertain the audience, and he does it like he means business. Hardcore, in other words.

However his "American" accent clearly deserves less credit. If you were BLOWN AWAY by Kevin Costner in Prince of Thieves or Natalie Portman in V for Vendetta, you will like his efforts. Ditto Qi Shu whose performance keeps us guessing (mostly about what the hell she is saying). In all fairness, I thought she was really cute as Lai – the woman who complicates things by popping up from the bag, but also viciously annoying with her little high-pitched girly screams and submissive approach. Thankfully, Statham and Shu's on-screen chemistry makes up for this and facilitates the whole plot on an important, fundamental level. Because they are so different (macho-man vs. girly girl), they somehow look great juxtaposed.

This plot never strays from its template story. Ever. It's simple. It's straightforward. It's action-packed and amazingly fast-paced. Twenty minutes fly past like five. But enough praise, because "The Transporter" really isn't a good movie. Even if you're looking for cheap adrenaline kicks this would not be the first film I'd recommend (it's probably be Poseidon [2006], ha) -- this simply lacks 'oomph' and the good guys are too GOOD and the bad guys are too BAD. Nothing new -- next, please!

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