[grabs Frank's jacket]
Thug: You have 10 seconds to change your mind.
Frank Martin: You have 5 seconds to move your hand.
Jason Statham returns once again as Frank Martin, an ex special forces soldier turned courier for questionable characters, as long as they follow his rules. While Statham remains the dictionaries picture of cool, this movie is unfortunately hurt by poor pacing involving a romantic subplot.
The plot this time around involves Frank being forced into a job that involves moving a package through Europe. Problem is, Frank has been fitted with a bomb on his arm that will explode if he ventures further than 75 ft from the car. The other problem involves a girl who also has a bomb on her arm and has to join him for the ride.
Frank Martin: Do I look like a man who came half-way across Europe to die on a bridge?
The evil dude behind this, played pretty well by Robert Knepper (as far as Transporter villains go), has a plot to force someone high in power to sign something for the sake of some plan involving chemicals... I don't know how to keep describing this, because I didn't really care.
Also returning is Francois Berleand as detective Marconi. In the first film he and Frank had an understanding. In the second they were kind of friends. Now in the third, they are actually fishing buddies.
New to the series is director Olivier Megaton, who lends the film a quality visual style that maintains the tone of the series, while having his own amount of flash to make it work well enough. The film series also continues to have its action scenes planned out by martial arts choreographer Cory Yuen. This provides for some very cool fight scenes and driving stunts for Frank to get into.
Frank Martin: Let me guess. You're the smart one.
Enormous thug: No. I am the big one.
Of course, being attached to a car also gives the Transporter a chance to continually transport, while getting into numerous car chases and car related action scenes.
There is one main problem, even with all the cool action that this movie has, which is actually (while still unbelievable) toned down from the second film, I can't get past how badly paced this movie is. Between the action scenes the movie is bogged down by boring plot and once again, another annoying female co-star. However, rewatching this movie, its not merely as much of a problem as I remembered, but it is still noticeable.
The movie is still quite fun, with Berleand's Marconi character being very entertaining and Statham still standing as the epitome of cool. This is more than I can say about the latest Bond film (which was more disappointing considering that the third Transporter film doesn't really lead to much expectation).
A lot of good action in a decent movie.
Frank Martin: Why is everyone so concerned with my rules?