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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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Details

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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Sound Mix:

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

Most of the fight sequences in the film was edited and trimmed down for the PG-13 rating. See more »

Goofs

When Frank is driving the truck, he uses a shard of mirror to see behind him. However, the light reflected onto his face means that the mirror was pointing the sun, not to what he was "looking at". See more »

Quotes

Frank Martin: [about Lei] Like a dogshit... You're everywhere.
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Alternate Versions

Region 1 DVD features three extended fight scenes. All three are "Unrated" and Not Suitable For Persons Under 18 Years of Age due to violence and adult subject matter. The scenes were shortened due to time/pacing reasons, and mostly for a PG-13 rating. The scenes featured more brutal violence(blood splattering when people get shot, and stabbings with a knife, etc.). See more »

Connections

References Licence to Kill (1989) See more »

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So Low
(A. Pilkington / S. Shippey)
Performed by Custom Blue
(c) BMG Music Publishing Ltd. c/o BMG Music Publishing Europe
Courtesy of BMG Music
Courtesy of Universal Music Projets Speciaux
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Jason Statham action star.
27 August 2005 | by Captain_CouthSee all my reviews

The Transporter (2002) was a fun action film that was directed by Jet Li's fight director Corey Yuen and it starred Jason Statham. Jason stars as Frank Martin. He's a hired gin who does driving jobs for a hefty fee. For his services he'll use his superb driving skills to get his paying customers out of a jam. He asks no questions and needs precise instruction in order to perfectly time his getaways. His number one rule is to never ask questions. One day he takes a gig from a sleazy and shady man named Betancourt (Matt Schulze). Instead of delivering the goods, he breaks his number one rule and peeks inside the package...

A fun action film filled with bone breaking action and wild stunts. People have unfairly slammed this movie for being unrealistic. What do you expect? The action scenes are performed to flamboyant ans stylized you have to suspend belief. It's one of those movies that doesn't throw in realism all of a sudden to make the movie more interesting. Jason Statham is pretty cool as well as the Transporter and he seems legit, not another tough guy phony. HE looks like he can knock the tar out of you in a real fight. Co-stars Shu Qi (she learned to speak English phonetically for her role in this movie).

Highly recommended.


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