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Transporter, The (2002)

PG-13 92 minutes

Directed by Corey Yuen
Written by Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen

 · Jason Statham
 · Qi Shu
 · Matt Schulze

Review by Iron Paws

Being a fan of Jason Stratham in movies such as Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch I knew that I was going to be excited about his latest movie to be released on DVD...The Transporter. This is a story about a courier, not the skinny guy on a bike that weaves in out of traffic, but a highly organized transporter of illegal items who gets himself in a little trouble. Stratham’s character, Frank Martin, survives by sticking to the rules he has created from his trade. Such rules include: never exchange names, don't open the package, and never deviate from the already established plan. Well, needless to say, the breaking of rule number two is what drives this story.




When it comes to smarts, this movie doesn't supply anything new. The story line is pretty basic; Stratham ticks off the bad guys, drives his car really fast in the opposite direction of said bad guys, and participates in a plethora of hand to hand action sequences.

As for the film itself, it is reminiscent of such classics as Le Femme Nikita and The Professional. The images and the way the action is shot, places this film right up there with those two great movies. But, where those films rely on the story to be the main entertainment factor, Transporter relies very heavily on its action sequences.




And, that's where the fun comes in with this film. The action is incredible, Stratham kicks and punches with the best of them. He has moves I never expected to see from him after his last few movies. But he delivers on the martial arts level none-the-less.

What adds even more to the movie, is that the DVD includes
even more fight scenes that didn't make the film’s final cut. So, if you didn't get enough drop kicks and knife hand thrusts from the film itself, watch the deleted scenes and relax as your addiction to action recedes into the distant background.



This movie is very entertaining, it delivers on every front it promises...action and martial arts. If you're looking for an intellectual ride through a criminal's psyche. stay away. But, if you're looking for a lot of ass kicking and car chases, this movie is for you.

This movie is definitely worth the rental.

384 Words Published: 11 May 2003

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