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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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Do not step away from the vehicle. 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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Country:

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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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When the bad guy threatens Frank Martin with death after the botched attempt by Frank's friend he holds a gun to his face and threatens to shoot. In the mid-closeup the gun is a 1911 type; in the more dramatic closeup showing a portion of the pistol and Frank's face it is obvious that the gun being held to Frank's face is a Beretta 92. The open slide is the give-away. See more »

Quotes

Johnson: You've disappointed me.
Frank Martin: You won't be the first, and you won't be the last. I told you I wanted to do this in person.
Johnson: That won't be necessary. You see, since we had our little chat at the beginning of the mission, I've been thinking I don't need the best man for this mundane assignment. Any idiot with a drivers' license will do, so, in the words of the great American Donald Trump, I'm sorry, but you're fired.
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Wherever You Were
Written by Don D. Robey (as Don Robey) and Vernon Morrison
Performed by Holly Golightly
(c) Duchess Music Corp.
(p) 1995 Damaged Goods Records
Taken from the Album "The Goods Things" (Damgood 65)
www.damagedgoods.co.uk
With Courtesy of Universal Music Vision
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Slick, tight action thriller!
17 September 2009 | by beflinSee all my reviews

I always have to leave room for great films of all time. As an action film, Transporter 3 is great. The action is fast-paced, exciting. Jason Statham's and his foils' martial arts abilities are stunning. The fight choreography was less inventive than Transporter 1 & 2. I enjoyed the pro environmental, anti "let big companies do whatever they want even dumping toxic waste into the ocean message. So, the moral battle of each of the Transporter movies is unique: from human trafficking to fighting biological warfare to fight toxic waste dumping.

I absolutely hated Valentina's character. She was annoying and childish. I would have dumped her in a heartbeat. But, she was supposed to be. She was played admirably by Natalya Rudakova.

The plot hole of why use the Transporter at all is explained in the film. The villain, Johnson, explicitly tries to get another driver, in one nail-biting chase scene, whom Frank Martin promptly kicks out of the car.

If there is a plot hole that needed filling, it is Leonid Vasiliev's use of extra-legal means - including hiring a crew to hijack and killing a policeman (?) to get their GPS and go after Martin. I had slightly hoped that that issue would have been addressed at the end of the movie. But, it was by no means sufficient to enjoy the overall thrill ride of the direction and editing.

The edit cuts were too short most of the time during the fight sequences. I felt they should have been more than just a half second long in many places.

The movie scores high marks for making use of many locations.

OK, but a point off is taken for a physics plot hole: if air from car tires is sufficient to lift a car out of water when the air inflates giant bags, then it would be sufficient to lift the car out of water when inside the tires. Nevertheless, I applaud the writers and directors for coming up with unexpected visual gags.


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