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Transporter 3 

A mid-range action vehicle with decent fuel economy

What defines Transporter’s Frank Martin, played by Jason Statham, is he’ll fight if he has to, but mainly he doesn’t want to mess up his suit. Statham is awesome, of course. And Transporter 3 has the chance to prove that third time’s the charm. Frank’s patience is tested comically as he finds himself in a love story with his new transport Valentina (Natalya Rudakova)---a pill-popping daughter of a Ukranian minister, rigged to explode if she steps too far from his Audi. It’s here that the movie takes the usually enjoyable series’ character development to a new level. As Valentina seduces Frank, his response is the funny, grouchy flip side of Bond’s lechery. “It’s not that you aren’t attractive,” Frank states, “but having sex with you is a demerit to my character.” It’s unfortunate, then, that much of Transporter 3 is drably routine. I’m not sure what’s up with action movies right now, but this one continues the trend of hastily edited fight sequences. How can stunts be exciting if they’re so hacked up they don’t leave anything at which to marvel? The movie’s director is Olivier Megaton, who doesn’t bring a lot to this, but has been appropriately named for this genre (he should drop the Olivier and just go by MegaTon). Transporter 3 is the type of mid-range action picture that should deliver just on its will to give its audience a bit more than it demanded. It’s half a success: A good story executed from the wrong angle.

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