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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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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 »

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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

The following installment, The Transporter Refueled (2015), is a reboot of this film and the previous films The Transporter (2002) and Transporter 2 (2005). See more »

Goofs

You can constantly see that the tail lights from the Audis are sometimes from the older model and some times from the redesigned one. 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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La Danse de la Mariee
Written by Micha Nisimov
Koka Media
(p) & (c) Koka Media
With Courtesy of Universal Publishing Production Music France
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Not a shade on the first two Transporter movies and here's why
6 December 2008 | by mattys49See all my reviews

Read through all the reviews of this movie. Big fan of the first two myself and just got back from watching this. Pretty surprised that nobody has articulated the real reasons why this movie doesn't work.

Firstly, if you didn't enjoy the first or second movie all of this probably won't be very relevant. I would have thought that most people watching the third would have likely seen and enjoyed the other films in the series.

So, why is this the weakest film in the series? Anybody's review who criticises it based on a unrealistic plot or implausible action is missing the point. This might be obvious but there are numerous reviews citing these as the reasons for the film being average/bad. It's also an important part of the formula that worked well in the first and second films.

The reason this third effort doesn't work as well and is not as enjoyable is due to a variety of factors - TONE and PACING probably being the key reasons and also areas where it departs from the previous instalments.

By tone i mean a few things. Is there ridiculous over the top action in this film? Yes, most definitely, but the problem is in how it is being presented. The other movies made you laugh in their almost comic book presentation and stunts. This film is genuinely trying to sell itself as a serious action movie. They completely took the humour out of all the potentially very humorous moments through the more 'arty' editing, over the top score dramatic score (soundtrack definitely plays a big part of the different tone in the 3rd movie) and generally lousy script.

This leads on to the pacing, which is far too slow at times. Way too much dialogue between Statham and the girl. Yes we know the character fairly well but the movies were always about the action and less the dialogue. Jason Statham is capable but the script can't really be saved here.

So, a dramatically more realistic Transporter movie but sucked dry of all the humorous and fun tone that made the previous instalments so much fun. As I said there are plenty of silly and deliberately humorous moments but the way it was constructed and presented meant I wasn't laughing anywhere near as much as I was in the other films. This in conclusion is the main failure of Transporter 3 - 5/10 just for being a new movie in an otherwise cool franchise.


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