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Transporter 3 (2008)



Critic Consensus: This middling installment in the Transporter franchise is a few steps down from its predecessors, featuring generic stunts and a lack of energy.

Movie Info

Strong-armed into transporting the kidnapped daughter of the head of the Environmental Agency for the Ukraine from Marseilles to Odessa, skilled wheelman Frank Martin (Jason Statham) enlists the aid of Inspector Tarconi (François Berléand) in accomplishing the treacherous assignment in this action-packed installment of the popular action series produced by Luc Besson (who also co-scripts). Frank isn't exactly thrilled with his latest assignment, but when his employer turns up the pressure, he has little choice but to deliver. His cargo is a feisty young girl named Valentina (Natalya Rudakova) -- who just happens to be the daughter of Leonid Vasilev (Jeroen Krabbé), the powerful top dog of the Ukraine EPA. Now, as Frank makes his way through Stuttgart and Budapest on the road to the Black Sea, Vasilev's men besiege his car from all sides, and his cynical young passenger gets a bad case of Stockholm Syndrome. As the driver and his cargo grow increasingly close, they both realize that making even a single mistake could cost them dearly. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (for sequences of intense action and violence, some sexual content and drug material)
Genre: Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 10, 2009
Box Office: $31.3M
Lionsgate Films - Official Site


Jason Statham
as Frank Martin
Jeroen Krabbé
as Leonid Vasilev
Alex Kobold
as Leonid's aide
David Kammenos
as driver in market
Silvio Simac
as Mighty Joe
Oscar Relier
as Thug Driver
Igor Koumpan
as Cop in Ukraine
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Critic Reviews for Transporter 3

All Critics (112) | Top Critics (28)

The flashy editing gets on one's wick and no one's going to win an Oscar - but, really, who's complaining? This is straight-up fisticuff fun.

Full Review… | December 5, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

For fans of Jason Statham and classic carsploitation action films.

Full Review… | April 5, 2011
Cinema Crazed

Usually stuff like this gets mercifully relegated to the 2 A.M. slot on HBO next to most recent Steven Seagal masterpiece. But The Transporter series has managed to gather enough of an audience for Lionsgate to inflict it on us every so often.

Full Review… | March 21, 2011

Delivers what it promises.

Full Review… | June 29, 2010
Lessons of Darkness

The first film was slick, the second one silly, but at least we knew what was going on during those action beats.

Full Review… | December 17, 2009

Transporter 3 is the cinematic equivalent of cotton candy: a quick sugar rush that melts in your mouth and is forgotten five minutes later.

Full Review… | August 30, 2009
Washington Times

Audience Reviews for Transporter 3

I didn't expect much at all, except some good fight scenes, a loose plot and action. It delivered. If you have seen the first two films, you know what to expect. It's more of the same.

Jon Lantz

Super Reviewer


It's definitely my favorite entry in the series, managing to be the most serious and realistic in terms of storyline and action. Jason Statham proves himself to be the most powerful man to ever drive a car professionally, taking down anything in his warpath. I loved the addition of Natalya Rudakova, making for Frank's best love interest. Robert Knepper is also the best villain in the series, even though he doesn't do much physically he happens to be the most intimidating. It's a rare event in which the trilogy ends on a high note, this certainly does.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer


not a bad movie but not a good one. it's got a simple plot and not much of a story but a lot of action. it's entertaining but it doesn't work nearly as well compared to the crank series which is far better. C+

Richard C

Super Reviewer

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