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Transporter 3 (2008)

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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.

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Leonid Vasilev
Alex Kobold ...
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Malcom Manville
Yann Sundberg ...
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Ice
David Kammenos ...
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Timo Dierkes ...
Otto
Igor Koumpan ...
Cop Ukraine
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Storyline

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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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This time, the rules are the same. Except one. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense action and violence, some sexual content and drug material | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 November 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Transporter 3  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,063,452, 30 November 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$31,715,062

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$108,979,549
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

An actual Volkswagen Transporter 3 van crosses the screen just after the Audi leaves the ferry in Marseilles (3m30s) and another one is seen behind Inspector Tarconi when he informs minister Vasilev that his daughter is safe (90m48s). See more »

Goofs

In the A8 vs. E Class chase, after the Mercedes evades the truck, it clearly drifts out of control, but appears to be in an almost straight line in the next shot. See more »

Quotes

Inspector Tarconi: It's a good thing that we French have such a highly developed sense of humor.
Frank Martin: With all due respect, the French think that Jerry Lewis is a genius.
Inspector Tarconi: Jerry Lewis is a genius.
Frank Martin: Dean was the genius.
Inspector Tarconi: No. Dean just stood there with a drink and a cigarette.
Frank Martin: My point exactly. Anyone can fall down and get a laugh. But how many people can do it standing still with a drink and a cigarette?
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Connections

Referenced in Hierarchy (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Texas (SebastiAn Remix)
Written by Benjamin Theves
Performed by Benjamin Theves
Produced by Benjamin Theves, remixed by SebastiAn
Published by Copyright Control
(p) 2005 Kitsuné Music.
Taken from the 12" vinyl maxi-single "Texas" (Kitsuné Music 025)
By arrangement of Editions Kitsuné
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User Reviews

Unexpectedly good!
6 February 2010 | by See all my reviews

Ready to watch an average entertaining movie, I didn't expect to see the best of the Transporter sequels.

For once the script has been designed carefully, action and fight scenes happen logically, there is true suspense and we believe in the story. This is not the regular high-budget low-brained film we have been taught to expect.

Valentina (Natalya Rudakova) has a nice touch of "Nikita", and plays wonderfully the captive girl half romantic, half moving. A very promising actress. Jason is excellent as usual, and, for once, gets his performance highlighted thanks to a riveting story. Fight scenes have something from the legendary Jason (Bourne) movies. Camera effects give fights some necessary depth, compared to other movies.

The best of Luc Besson back at work.

Do not pay too much attention to the low rating: It looks like the Transporter aficionados - used to pure raw action/no story "Chuck Norris" like - were disappointed. Well, this is probably the best thing that could happen to this movie: Transporter 3 definitely got its level upgraded and targets a different audience.

My advice to the producer: keep on the good work, and create a new movie based on the same pattern, but just don't name it "Transporter 4", so that you don't disappoint the "Missing in action" fans.


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