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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:
... Frank Martin
... Valentina
... Tarconi
... Johnson
... Leonid Vasilev
Alex Kobold ... Leonid's Aide
... Malcom Manville
Yann Sundberg ... Flag
... Ice
David Kammenos ... Driver Market
... Mighty Joe
... Thug / Driver
Timo Dierkes ... Otto
Igor Koumpan ... Cop Ukraine
... Captain
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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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Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense action and violence, some sexual content and drug material | See all certifications »

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26 November 2008 (USA)  »

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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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The song in the scene which Frank is seen making out with Valentina following Frank's forced striptease is "Hell Around The Corner" by Tricky. The song borrows music from the song "Glory Box" by Portishead. "Glory Box" by Portishead was featured in Stealing Beauty (1996) which starred Jason Statham's future Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) co-star Jason Flemyng whom played Dmitri in Transporter 2 (2005). Tricky had starred in the Luc Besson science fiction film The Fifth Element (1997) as Right Arm was the screenwriter of The Transporter (2002). See more »

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Some of the German license plates do not have the correct German license plate font type. See more »

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Frank Martin: Do I look like a man who came half-way across Europe to die on a bridge?
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Texas (SebastiAn Remix)
Written by Benjamin Theves
Performed by Benjamin Theves
Produced by Benjamin Theves, remixed by SebastiAn
Published by Copyright Control
(p) 2005 Kitsuné Music.
Taken from the 12" vinyl maxi-single "Texas" (Kitsuné Music 025)
By arrangement of Editions Kitsuné
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Not a shade on the first two Transporter movies and here's why
6 December 2008 | by See 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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