The Transporter Reviews
God it just has so much "in your face" pizazz. Like a teenager with his popped collar slapping on a pair of shades.
Saving grace is Statham and an intriguing premise.
The driving and fighting chorepgraphy is awesome and well done, the stunts are exciting, and Frank Martin is a kick ass character. Statham is awesome, and is a joy to watch, The concept of the film (anbd the character's principals) are cool, even if the specific story is tired and unoriginal. The music is oddly chill, but it works.
This is fun stuff that's full of life and energy. Definitely worth a watch.
On a plus side the car chases were fairly exciting and although the films far from brilliant, it is a very easy watching one.
I won't go into the plot, because it's pretty much only here to give Statham a pretext to hand out his ass-kickings. My favorite thing about these movies is that Statham is never really in danger of dying or being beaten. If he's fighting someone, they MAY get in a hit or two before puts them down. Even if it's like, 20 guys with machine guns, and all he has for a weapon is his shirt. The fight scenes are pretty cool, you can always rely on this series to add a few new wrinkles to the standard old sequences.
There's some kind of smuggling going on that Qi Shu's dad is involved in, and Matt Shulze is somehow involved in it too. And François Berléand plays some kind of cop who is also Jason's friend, or something. Qi is the eye candy/damsel in distress/love interest, Francois helps move the plot along, and the rest of the cast are bad guys. That's pretty much it. Seriously.
Don't watch The Transporter if you're looking for a well-written script or some compelling character development. Pop it in when you want to see some bad guys get the crap kicked out of them, pretty explosions, and a pretty girl.
I have to admit this is one flick I approached with a very open mind - very open. I mean, I like Jason Statham. I think he's a pretty cool guy and at first, even I questioned his casting as Frank Martin in "The Transporter." But the problem is, and I'm assuming this is the result of the quickly edited action scenes (which were toned down to make the film "PG-13"), he's not being given the room to really be the best he can be.
As the lead character, he's a transporter. He can get you, your associates or your property anywhere, anytime, on time, no questions asked. But you know what? Common sense tells us that it was curiosity that killed the cat, and the cat in this picture thankfully doesn't die some horrible death but instead, curiosity yields him a break - a beautiful woman named Lai (Shu Qi) - bound and gagged, and in the trunk of his BMW.
It's not spoiling much that she and Frank get together and as a result, are forced to do battle with shady and vicious American businessman Wall Street (Matt Schulze) and his army of high-kicking, disposable assassins. There's a little more to the plot and Lai, and the circumstances surrounding her appearance in the trunk of Frank's car, and it involves some smuggling of poor Chinese immigrants from China to Europe, where much of the action takes place.
Speaking of action and there's plenty of it, Statham does display some pretty impressive moves but the frantic editing just doesn't do him justice. He obviously worked out for this part and there are frequent moments when his ripped torso is on display. He also (barely) manages to shy away any possible accusations that he's just a British novelty to American audiences. Director Corey Yuen (whose work on Jet Li's 2001 action film "Kiss of the Dragon" I admired), is behind it and Besson's got a producer credit.
The problem may not be Statham because I think he's a really cool actor with a raspy British accent, but the script is worth some deeper examination by more thoughtful minds. There are plenty of holes and unanswered questions (i.e., the extent of Frank's military training and experiences, Lai and how she wound up with Frank and her quarrelsome relationship with her father who is played by Ric Young, and the plot with the Chinese smuggling).
But why am I making such complaints? "The Transporter" is an action movie; no plot required. Despite some bumps in the road, "The Transporter" is pure action fun from beginning to end.
Jason Statham is the man. Forget the plot, this is about Jason Statham lookin' real cool and kicking ass. His character easily matches up with others like Jason Bourne of recent action films.
This movie is lean and easily paced. Complete with every bullet having tracers and ridiculous action. A lot of inventive fight scenes and a sweet beginning car chase is also nice to see.
The movie sets up Jason Statham as a transporter. He lives his life by strict rules while aiding people in questionable activities through the use of his driving skills. Problems of course arise when the transporter breaks his own rules.
Frank: Rule #1. Never change the deal.
The story is obviously shallow once the main plot line takes effect and the ending is campily terrible, but I always have fun watching this and am glad there is a sequel so I can see more, let alone a second sequel on the way.
The grease fight alone makes this movie work for me. And Frank's chemistry with the French police detective also serves as a highlight.
Mr. Kwai: The delivery will be made. My daughter will get over it. If I'm lucky, she'll see the light.
Frank: Yeah, and if she's lucky, maybe you'll get hit by a truck.