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Transporter 3

posted by Nell Minow
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense action and violence, some sexual content and drug material
Profanity:Very strong language
Nudity/Sex:Sexual references and situation
Alcohol/Drugs:Drinking, drug use
Violence/Scariness:Extreme and intense action-style peril and violence, fighting, guns, explosions, characters injured and killed
Diversity Issues:None
Movie Release Date:November 26, 2008
DVD Release Date:March 10, 2009

Frank Martin (Jason Statham) is in the transport business. If he accepts the job he guarantees delivery with three rules: once the deal is made, no details may be changed, no names provided by either side for deniability, and a promise that he will not open the package.

Rules are made to be broken, of course. And it is one of the unbroken rules of Transporter movies is that seeing how Frank keeps and does not keep those three rules is part of the fun. The other unbroken rules: there will be a DoD (damsel in distress) who will be both lovely and smitten. Frank will have to take on many bad guys at once but they will not gang up on him at the same too much time or try to shoot him so he can show off his acrobatic hand-to-hand, kick-to-face combat skills, and Frank will do some truly amazing things with his car. These rules are inviolate but some other guys’ rules will be broken: those principles from people like Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein. Who cares about the laws of physics when there’s a chance for some really cool and stylish acrobatics? That’s what athlete-turned actors and special effects are for!

The third in the series is a return to the form of the first Transporter with no pretense of the sentimentality of the second, which involved a child and his mother. Frank and his car are stripped down to essentials here. There’s no delay while his friend the French cop (the reliable François Berléand) has to pretend he is a suspect because they are fishing together when the mayhem begins. Next thing we know, Frank has been forced to accept a new delivery job. His car has been emptied of all of its special gadgets (except for the revolving license plates) and he has been fitted with a wrist cuff that will blow him to bits if he gets too far from the automobile. There’s one just like it on the arm of the DoD, a freckled red-head with an accent and an attitude.

Americans and polluters seem to be the villains du jour (see also “Quantum of Solace”). Nothing much there, but there are some lovely fight scenes courtesy of martial arts choreographer Corey Yuen, who also worked on the first two films. But by the time Frank has to find a way to rescue not just himself but his car after they drive off the side of a bridge into the water (being shot at by lots of bad guys) and somehow gets the trunk of the car to open underwater while taking a couple of hits of oxygen off of the tire and at the same time creating a sort of parachute apparatus to get them both back up to the surface not to mention being able to drive it as soon as they get on land — the series seems to be in need of a few hits of oxygen, too.



  • jestrfyl

    I am intrigued to notice that in this time of cultural transition there is a lot of attention to “rules”. One of the hot comedy books, based on “How I Met Your Mother”, is “the Bro-Code”. On NCIS one of the poignant moments this season was discovering where Gibbs got some of his rules. Our perrenial discussion about placement of the Ten Commandments on community monuments is another aspect of this. There are plenty of suggestions for the 11th Commandment, too.
    In times of uncertainty people seek out borders and try to determine what will help them float through change the best. I have had the best responses to my sermons about some of the rules as given in the Bible. Basically, serve the hungry and thirsty, clothe and shelter people, visit and comfort the powerless people, love justice, act kindly and walk humbly with God. Everything else is something to fight about.
    I really like your suggestion about talking with kids about the rules the characters list in this movie. What are their rules – what are your – and more, what happens when a rule is broken intentionally or accidently? Then comes the discussion of Grace.

  • rimsalia

    I have waited to see this movie and just now I have seen it. Wonderful action movie it was. Have you not seen it yet. It was cool action movie you never going to forget. Jason Statham was grate, I like the way he acts less talk more work. From end it was little bit sorrow but never the less it was grate movie from wonderful action movie.

  • jestrfyl

    I live near and drive along I-75 a lot. One of the things that I have been known to daydream about is where the other cars are going and who the other people are. For most of my life I have lived near I-95. Do you suppose there are transporters driving between Miami and Chicago or New York or Boston along my dear old I-75? It sure makes you think!

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/moviemom/ Nell Minow

    If there are transporters on I-75, my advice is to get off the road!

  • http://www.buy-somaonline.com Virgil

    This movie is so stupid full of mistakes, did you notice that when he is in a call an somebody steels the car he breaks trough the window and recover the car, guess what the rest of the movie the car still has the window closed, common, maybe audis grow windows like people grow nails or something, how stupid is this mistake

  • JKiller

    First of all this is a movie. An visual/audio display of imagination. This movie was awesome. I haven’t seen the antagonist as being a toxic waste smuggler in 20 years. I loved the actions scenes. Loved the ginger girl. And, Loved the consistency with the previous Transporter movies. I noticed to “real world” imperfections, but loved the entertainment factor. Great Movie. Recommended for all action-movie Lovers.

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