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The Transporter (2002)

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Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 125
Fresh: 67 | Rotten: 58

The Transporter delivers the action at the expense of coherent storytelling.

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Average Rating: 5.1/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 18

The Transporter delivers the action at the expense of coherent storytelling.

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An outlaw finds his life becoming all the more dangerous when he turns against a gang of criminals in this action drama. Frank Martin (Jason Statham) is a former Special Forces officer who lives on the French Mediterranean and has a lucrative second career as a underworld courier for hire. Martin will deliver anything anywhere, but he has three iron-clad rules - once the plan is in motion it cannot be changed, neither he nor his customers are to ever use their real names, and under no

Apr 15, 2003

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All Critics (128) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (67) | Rotten (58) | DVD (37)

Jason Statham uses his smoldering charisma to great effect.

April 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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The acting might be shoddy, the plot nonsense and the dialogue clunky, but the fighting is exquisitely done. Inventive, athletic, fun, stylish and tight, it's everything the rest of the film isn't.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Kills time between car chases and martial-arts bouts with random scuba-diving footage apparently culled from producer-co-writer Luc Besson's The Big Blue.

October 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Village Voice | Comment (1)
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The chases and explosions get a little (well, more than a little) ludicrous, but the cool premise is still very cool.

October 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Immensely exciting and funny -- and it even has a Proust joke.

October 18, 2002 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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It's high rent Steven Segal -- fights, explosions, and more fights, but with a flair.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Pure popcorn pleasure for older teens and up.

December 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

I appreciated the first half and the great performance from Statham, but became disappointed by the second half...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Every bit the over-the-top action extravaganza it appears to be, and the glee of its knowing preposterousness makes it easy to overlook its general mindlessness.

December 30, 2008 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Chases and choreographed fights set to rock music take up most of the running time and the movie is like To Catch a Thief remade by a hack follower of John Woo.

April 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

This gang mastermind, gym body Italian import psycho neck wringer Gianni (Alessandro Gassman, son of famed Vittorio), has concocted likely the most convoluted mass murder scheme ever to hit the theaters.

March 31, 2007 Full Review | Comment (1)
Long Island Press

An entertaining surprise.

September 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

A ridiculous and confusing mess of overwritten dialogue, nonsensical plot contrivances and impossible, overlong action sequences.

September 6, 2003 | Comments (2)
Las Vegas Weekly

Mais uma vez, Luc Besson (que aqui exerce as funções de produtor e roteirista) ignora a narrativa em prol da ação inconseqüente (e inócua, já que ninguém sequer sangra). O que aconteceu ao responsável pelo ótimo O Profissional?

June 28, 2003
Cinema em Cena

A serviceable Euro-trash action extravaganza, with a decent sense of humor and plenty of things that go boom - handguns, BMWs and seaside chateaus.

June 26, 2003 Full Review

Statham impresses in a movie that is simultaneously the best (the fight scenes) and worst (everything else) action movie of the year. Destined for drunken Friday night rental heaven.

June 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

A post-modern take on the "heroic bloodshed" genre that already had one foot in self-satire.

May 28, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

British actor Jason Statham injects The Transporter with a healthy dose of clout, charisma and kickboxing skill.

May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

The action sequences here don't have the kinetic oomph required in such a mindless effort.

April 11, 2003 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

...plays like an extended trailer for a movie, a highlights reel, with all the boring stuff, like talk, left out.

March 25, 2003
Movie Metropolis

While it certainly has more gunplay and kung-fu hijinks ... it is ultimately less entertaining, despite the likeable leads.

March 19, 2003 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Like the longest BMW featurette Guy Ritchie never made, this action yarn is a slick, sexy little package with fast cars, big explosions, dazzling locations in the south of France, a trip-hop score, and about as much plot to fill a thimble.

March 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

This movie is as fun to sit through as a burning hemorrhoid.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

Statham employs an accent that I think is supposed to be an attempt at hardass American but sometimes just lapses into unhidden British.

January 26, 2003

Audience Reviews for The Transporter

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Jason Statham is a bored and retired army guy, who get's thrills out of transporting criminals and illegal substances all around France, whilst avoiding the law by any means necessary to him. It's a pretty good set up and a great opportunity for action. The Transporter is produced by Luc Besson, who sometimes directs films but mostly chooses to produce either throwaway action B movies like this or forgettable French dramas. Most of which are considered to be mediocre, however The Transporter like all the other Besson action flicks is adequately written and filled with plot holes, what makes it special, is Statham's unbelievably energetic performance. There are absolutely loads of moments where Statham fist fights, strips, drives cars whilst kicking ass, and brawls whilst covered in motor oil. It sounds ridiculous, but it's what makes this movie so fun. It takes a great lead performance, slick action and charm to make a movie like this work, and The Transporter is one of the few Besson movies that has that. In my opinion "Taken" is the best where as Transporter 1 is infinitely inferior but it holds as a cheesy, ridiculous action flick. If like me you glanced at the poster expecting all the action stereotypes you'll get just that. It's enjoyable enough, but not Besson or in equal measure, Statham's, best.
September 12, 2012
Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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The Transporter from Cory Yuen and Louis Leterrier goes hard on the action and easy everywhere else.Roughly 90 minutes is all this film needs to complete its story. The first 10 minutes define the title with great success, before slowing drifting away from its concept. The plot is simple, straight to the point, and moves with a brisk pace.The action is stylized and is in high abundance. The bulk of the fun is comprised of hand to hand combat, along with a nice helping of guns and other melee weapons. The driving aspect dissolves by the halfway point as the film becomes more of an action adventure, rather than one about transporting.Jason Statham is calm and cool, as his character is written. Shu Qi delivers a watchable performance as well. Matt Schulze is nothing more than a cliched villain.The Transporter doesn't offer anything out of the ordinary; however, it satisfies as a quick watch.
August 11, 2012
skactopus
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2002 French actioner chronicles the work of character Frank Martin, AKA the Transporter. His job is to deliver packages, and he consistently lives by three specific rules.

This film, though appearing as a 90-minute car commercial, was very watchable and notably fun. It was often goofy, and that is something hard NOT to admit, but with the explosions, action, and interesting plot, it was a fair-enough film.

The action sequences were well-done and often carefully worked out. THE TRANSPORTER uses slow motion effectively and not so heavily that it gets exhausting; and the camerawork during action sequences is just about as rapid-fire as the guns going off, being extremely well-timed, too.

This was a very diverse film. Corey Yuen, who directed, and Qi Shu, who acted, are both from Hong Kong; Louis Leterrier, who also directed, is French; and the main actor, Jason Statham, is British. 'Nuff said about that.

The main reason I enjoyed this film was because of the level of entertainment it set. Highly entertaining and very watchable, this film was a surprising watch. I'd recommend it.

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December 3, 2011
spielberg00

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The transporter was directed by both Corey Yuen & Louis Leterrier but essentially it was directed by Louis Leterrier. He seems to have been Luc Besson's go to man during his producing era (I'm so glad he's directing again) and you can see why. The action is there and so is the heart - Unleashed is another good example of this. All in all this is a relatively original action film, entertaining and the introduction of Jason Statham as an action man is quite unforgettable. It seemed very strange then but totally excepted now. Funny how things turn out eh!
August 17, 2011
SirPant

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