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.
Ex-con Jensen Ames is forced by the warden of a notorious prison to compete in our post-industrial world's most popular sport: a car race in which inmates must brutalize and kill one another on the road to victory.
Mei, a young girl whose memory holds a priceless numerical code, finds herself pursued by the Triads, the Russian mob, and corrupt NYC cops. Coming to her aid is an ex-cage fighter whose life was destroyed by the gangsters on Mei's trail.
A thief with a unique code of professional ethics is double-crossed by his crew and left for dead. Assuming a new disguise and forming an unlikely alliance with a woman on the inside, he looks to hijack the score of the crew's latest heist.
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? Written by
All the car stunts were performed in real time, without models and little to no CGI, which naturally provided its daily dose of challenges to Michel Julienne's stunt team. See more »
During the scene at the gas station when Valentina gets out of the car, Frank grabs her by the wrist. Between shots, Frank's grip alters between around her wrist below the bracelet, to her hand above the bracelet, then back to the wrist. See more »
Do you ever kiss like you mean it Frank? I'm thinking may be nice. I'm thinking you live alone. Inside and outside. I think it's not dying you're afraid of, it's a living. Live with me. just this once, just this moment, live with me...
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I always have to leave room for great films of all time. As an action film, Transporter 3 is great. The action is fast-paced, exciting. Jason Statham's and his foils' martial arts abilities are stunning. The fight choreography was less inventive than Transporter 1 & 2. I enjoyed the pro environmental, anti "let big companies do whatever they want even dumping toxic waste into the ocean message. So, the moral battle of each of the Transporter movies is unique: from human trafficking to fighting biological warfare to fight toxic waste dumping.
I absolutely hated Valentina's character. She was annoying and childish. I would have dumped her in a heartbeat. But, she was supposed to be. She was played admirably by Natalya Rudakova.
The plot hole of why use the Transporter at all is explained in the film. The villain, Johnson, explicitly tries to get another driver, in one nail-biting chase scene, whom Frank Martin promptly kicks out of the car.
If there is a plot hole that needed filling, it is Leonid Vasiliev's use of extra-legal means - including hiring a crew to hijack and killing a policeman (?) to get their GPS and go after Martin. I had slightly hoped that that issue would have been addressed at the end of the movie. But, it was by no means sufficient to enjoy the overall thrill ride of the direction and editing.
The edit cuts were too short most of the time during the fight sequences. I felt they should have been more than just a half second long in many places.
The movie scores high marks for making use of many locations.
OK, but a point off is taken for a physics plot hole: if air from car tires is sufficient to lift a car out of water when the air inflates giant bags, then it would be sufficient to lift the car out of water when inside the tires. Nevertheless, I applaud the writers and directors for coming up with unexpected visual gags.
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