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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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Louis Leterrier, Corey Yuen (as Cory Yuen)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Statham ... Frank Martin
Qi Shu ... Lai (as Shu Qi)
Matt Schulze ... Wall Street
François Berléand ... Inspector Tarconi
Ric Young ... Mr. Kwai
Doug Rand ... Leader
Didier Saint Melin Didier Saint Melin ... Boss
Tonio Descanvelle Tonio Descanvelle ... Thug 1
Laurent Desponds Laurent Desponds ... Thug 2
Matthieu Albertini Matthieu Albertini ... Thug 3
Vincent Nemeth Vincent Nemeth ... Pilot
Jean-Yves Bilien Jean-Yves Bilien ... Little Thug
Jean-Marie Paris Jean-Marie Paris ... Giant Thug
Adrian Dearnell Adrian Dearnell ... Newscaster
Alfred Lot Alfred Lot ... Cop 1
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

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Country:

France | USA

Language:

English | French | Mandarin

Release Date:

11 October 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Transporter See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,107,816, 13 October 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$25,296,447

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$43,928,932
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DTS-ES (original version)| Dolby Digital EX (original version)| SDDS | DTS (Digital DTS Sound) (English version)| Dolby Digital (English version)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The name of the "good boat" that Statham's character uses is "Manon", which is the name of the supernatural being in The Craft - If God and the Devil were playing football, Manon would be the stadium they played on." See more »

Goofs

When Frank uses the stethoscope to listen to the shipping containers, he has the earpieces backwards. The tubes should be going forward (into the ear canal), instead of into the back of his ears. See more »

Quotes

[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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Alternate Versions

Japanese two-disc DVD set features a full bitrate DTS 6.1 sound mix, and restores the bus fight and motorway fights in full. See more »


Soundtracks

Transfighter
(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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All Quiet on the B-action Front
2 September 2006 | by Flagrant-BaronessaSee 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!

6/10


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