Sunday, May 03, 2009

Transporter 3

We watched and enjoyed the first two Transporter movies, so naturally we had to get around to watching the third one, as well. In fact, I’ve liked every Jason Statham movie I’ve seen so far. In this one, he’s once again playing tough guy Frank Martin, who’ll transport and deliver almost anything for a price. He’s not hired to do a job this time around, though. Instead he’s pretty much shanghaied into it and winds up with a bomb shackled to his wrist while he drives a pretty redhead from France across Europe back to her home in the Ukraine, all because of a murky plot involving a mysterious criminal mastermind and toxic waste.

I don’t think anybody watches these movies for the plots, though. I certainly don’t. I watch ’em for the over-the-top action scenes and stunts and because Statham is just so darned cool, playing all this silliness straight as if it makes perfect sense. The fights are really cartoony in this one. But the quieter moments – and there are actually quite a few of them – play very nicely and succeed in making the viewer care about the characters, at least a little. And the ending is very satisfying.

It’s really pretty simple. If you liked the first two, you ought to like this one, too. I did, quite a bit.


Charles Gramlich said...

Lana and I enjoyed this one quite a bit too. We've watched 'em all.

Frank Loose said...

I've never seen any of these. Sounds like i should check them out. The only Statham movie I've seen is the excellent, The Bank Job. Have you seen it? It's a 2008 Brit crime film based on the 1971 Baker Street robbery in central London, from which the stolen money and valuables were never recovered. Well acted, directed, etc.

James Reasoner said...


Yeah, I've seen THE BANK JOB, liked it a lot. CRANK is another good Statham movie, although it's pretty bizarre. I haven't seen DEATH RACE yet and don't know what else he's been in. I ought to look that up.