Frank Martin is forced to deliver Valentina, the kidnapped daughter of a Ukrainian 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.


Olivier Megaton
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Statham ... Frank Martin
Natalya Rudakova ... Valentina
François Berléand ... Tarconi
Robert Knepper ... Johnson
Jeroen Krabbé ... Leonid Vasilev
Alex Kobold Alex Kobold ... Leonid's Aide
David Atrakchi ... Malcom Manville
Yann Sundberg Yann Sundberg ... Flag
Eriq Ebouaney ... Ice
David Kammenos ... Driver Market
Silvio Simac ... Mighty Joe
Oscar Relier ... Thug / Driver
Timo Dierkes Timo Dierkes ... Otto
Igor Koumpan Igor Koumpan ... Cop Ukraine
Paul Barrett ... Captain


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 <>

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


Action | Crime | Thriller

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

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Did You Know?


The explosive bracelet was inspired by Wedlock (1991) which the two main characters in that film played by Rutger Hauer and Mimi Rogers wear explosive collars around their necks which are rigged to exploded if they separate from each other more than a 100 yards. See more »


This city of Salzburg is misspelled "Salsburg" on one of the German street signs. See more »


Frank Martin: You don't want to do this.
Mighty Joe: I don't think you're in a position to tell me what to do or don't what to do. You have ten seconds to change your mind.
Frank Martin: I'll give you five seconds to remove your hand.
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Referenced in Hart of Dixie: Hairdos & Holidays (2011) See more »


Hopladi Hoplada
Written by Daghan Baydur
Chappell World Series
(p) & (c) Marlowlynn Limited
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Good and amusing third part with nonstop action and frenetic movement
26 September 2011 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Based on the characters created by Robert Mark Kamen and Luc Besson , this third entry deals with the former mercenary Frank Martin (Jason Statham), he is expert on deliveries of high risk , but he is now on holiday along with his friend Inspector Tarconi (Francois Berleand) . Two-fisted Frank is back and puts the driving gloves on when he becomes involved in the kidnapping of Valentina (Natalya Rudakova), daughter of a Ukranian government official (Jeroen Krabbe) to carry her from Marseilles to Odessa on the Black Sea . As a criminal organization forces him to undertake another deadly mission and adding an intrigue about nuclear waste . En route, he has to take on with a dangerous thug (Rob Kneeper) and ominous nasties who want to intercept Valentina's safe delivery and not let his personal feelings get in the trail of his risked aim .

This exciting picture gets noisy action , suspense , tension and lots of violence when the thrilling fights and murders take place , being pretty entertaining . Chases galore abound with breathtaking velocities and rousing pursuits where the cars leap and fly . It's a run-of-the-mill action film as from the beginning to the end the action-packed is interminable . In addition , incredible struggles with bound and leaps by the trainer master Corey Yeun as martial arts choreographer and main artificer of spectacular choreography from Hong Kong cinema . Overwhelming race cars and impressive pursuits are made by authentic stunts and computer generator especial effects . Jason Statham is top-notch as action hero who specializes moving goods of all kinds ,he's a tough man fighting stunningly . Rob Kneeper is excellent as an extremely clever villainous . Lively , stirring musical score fitting to the action by Alexander Azaria and shimmer , colorful cinematography by Giovanni Fiore . This frantic , adrenalina motion picture is lavishly produced by the French producer and director Luc Besson with his production company called Europacops o and well directed by Olivier Megaton (Colombiana , Red siren) . In conclusion the film provides fast and furious entertainment and action unstopped with no sense and developed with continuous movement and fast paced . It's a must see for action lovers . This is a superior installment , being preceded by ¨Transporter 2¨ also by Louis Leterrier with Alessandro Gassman , Amber Valetta and Jason Fleming ; and being the best the original ¨The transporter¨ by Corey Yeun and Louis Leterrier with Qi Shu , Matt Schulze and Ric Young .

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26 November 2008 (USA) See more »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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$12,063,452, 30 November 2008

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