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The Transporter (2002)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Crime, Thriller  |  11 October 2002 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lai (as Shu Qi)
Doug Rand ...
Didier Saint Melin ...
Tonio Descanvelle ...
Laurent Desponds ...
Matthieu Albertini ...
Vincent Nemeth ...
Jean-Yves Bilien ...
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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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Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

11 October 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Transporter  »

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Box Office


$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$428,179 (South Africa) (7 March 2003)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the only "Transporter" film where Frank wears other clothes other than just his signature black suit. See more »


When Lai is sitting at the table with a drink in her hands and her father slaps her, the cup and its contents fall to the right. In the next shot of the table, the cups on the right and the spillage is on the left. In the final shot the spillage is on the right again, yet the cup has moved closer to Lia's hands without being handled. Also, she begins spilling the cup before he hits her, even though she doesn't really move till he hits her. See more »


[Lai has gun on Wall Street]
Lai: Ten seconds, two choices. One, the information; the papers or your brains on the desk. Now tell me I'm lying.
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Followed by Transporter 3 (2008) See more »


Life of a Stranger
(Matthew Wilder and Nadia Fares Chasman)
Performed by Nadia
©EuropaCorp. (SACEM) / Wilder Kingdom Music (ASCAP)
(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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