Pin It

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.

Transporter 3
Rated PG-13 (MPAA) · 100 min. · 2008
Official Site:
Director: Olivier Megaton
Writer: Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen
Producer: Luc Besson and Steve Chasman
Cast: Jason Statham, Francois Berléand, Natalya Rudakova, Robert Knepper, Jeroen Krabbe, Alex Kobold, David Atrakchi, Yann Sundberg, Eriq Ebouaney and David Kammenos

Now Playing

Sorry there are no upcoming showtimes for Transporter 3

Pin It


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Mark Palermo

Survey Asks

Should council use the yet-to-be-finalized Centre Plan when debating new developments?

  • No, it doesn’t exist yet and is still likely to change
  • Yes, thousands of hours of work and consultation have gone into what’s already assembled
  • Maybe, it really depends on what’s being proposed by the developer
  • I don’t know what the Centre Plan is and do not wish to participate in this poll

View Results

In Print This Week

Vol 25, No 25
November 16, 2017

Cover Gallery »

Real Time Web Analytics

© 2017 Coast Publishing Ltd.