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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 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 and not let his personal feelings get in the way of his dangerous objective.

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Olivier Megaton
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Cast

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 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
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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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If You Need It To Arrive Safe and In One Piece -- Hire A Professional See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

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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France | USA | Ukraine

Release Date:

26 November 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Transporter 3 See more »

Filming Locations:

France See more »

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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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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Olivier Megaton views the "Transporter" franchise as being somewhere in between the James Bond and "Die Hard" series, with a slight edge to "Die Hard". See more »

Goofs

On the top of the train when Frank uses the handbrake, it sounds like a "classic handbrake", but in this car there is an electric handbrake that can be activated with a button left to the lever. See more »

Quotes

Inspector Tarconi: I'm afraid our day of leisure is cut short. There is a big mess in Marseilles - some madman driving an Audi at impossible speeds.
Frank Martin: Don't look at me.
Inspector Tarconi: That is the first place the chief told me to look. But I will tell him you have the perfect alibi. As usual.
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Referenced in Hierarchy (2009) See more »

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Hopladi Hoplada
Written by Daghan Baydur
Chappell World Series
(p) & (c) Marlowlynn Limited
With Courtesy of Universal Publishing Production Music France
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User Reviews

Unexpectedly good!
6 February 2010 | by Affirmative_DaveSee 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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