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The Transporter (2002)

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

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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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The "ignition code" for Frank's BMW is 1732. See more »

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Lai is tied to a chair (hands and feet). She is able to get to the car by tiptoeing. How does she then open the door, drag herself and the chair into the car and close the door behind her? Not to mention the fact that someone as careful as Frank steals the car without noticing a woman tied to an office chair in the back seat. See more »

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Wall Street: [to injured guy in bed] Who did this to you?
Man in Hospital: [weakly] The transporter.
Wall Street: The transporter's dead.
Man in Hospital: No. Believe me, he isn't.
Wall Street: 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]
Wall Street: You told them nothing, right?
Man in Hospital: No.
Wall Street: 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 Pulp Fiction (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Rescue
(Alexandre Azaria (as Replicant))
Orchestration and Conduction by Marie-Jeanne Serero
1st Violin Floriane Bonanni
Recorded and Mixed at Digital Factory by Didier Lozahic
©EuropaCorp. (SACEM) / D.R.
(p)2002 EuropaCorp.
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Statham & Style Elevate The Action
18 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I still rate this pretty high even if the last 10 minutes got totally out of hand and went crazy, action-wise. By "out-of-hand," I mainly refer to the usual excessive action and bad guys-keep-missing-good guys-even-from-short range-type mentality. Actually, a lot of the film is that but it's such a fun movie that I didn't care.

Jason Statham is very cool in the lead and it's he that makes this a decent film. I also enjoyed Shu Qi, a very pretty woman; the witty dialog of Francois Berleand and some stylish, tongue-in-cheek directing by Louis Leterrier and Corey Yuen. Another director whose films are known for their hip styles also co- wrote this: Luc Besson.

Some of the action scenes are outrageous. To Statham's credit, he did most of the action scenes himself. I guess he's a tough guy in real life, too. He's pretty amazing.

A no-brainer-but lots of fun movie.


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