Friday, December 12, 2008

Transporter 3

Seriously, French director/writer Luc Besson should be ashamed of this film. For someone who once had a relatively solid reputation, he's becoming too "Hollywooded" as time goes by. In short, Transporter 3 is just a movie with a thin script that would just make you want to watch it only for the action scenes if you just watch movies for entertainment. If you're looking for some serious action movies, just skip this one.

An "environmental" corporation that wants to do business in Ukraine abducts Valentina (Natalia Rudakova), the daughter of the Ukrainian minister of Environment (Jeroen Krabbe). Afterwards, Frank Martin (Jason Statham), a professional "transporter", is pressured by that same corporation to transport Valentina from Marseilles to Odessa, in Ukraine, on the day when Ukraine's Environment minister signs a deal with the corporation. Besides, to make sure that Frank fulfils his mission, Mr. Johnson, the boss of the corporation, locks a bracelet on Frank's wrist. If Frank steps 75 feet away from his car, he'll explode.

I haven't seen the Transporter 2, but all I can say is that this film shows many signs of a much more exhausted franchise. Besides, the first movie had the merit of having a few flesh around the script. In this case, the extremely thin storyline is a deplorable excuse to pile up as much action scenes as possible. Therefore, Transporter 3 dully focuses, during most of the running time, on Frank's mission/trip across Europe: what's he's told to do, a few action sequences here and there, and ultimately a load of bland and pre-fabricated dialogues.

While the film tries to entertain us, it lamentably fails to give itself any credibility at the end. In fact, the love story between Frank and Valentina seems too contrived and you could see it coming from many kilometres away! Which makes me wonder if scriptwriters Besson and Kamen (Kiss of the Dragon) wanted to throw at us this corny love story just to give us the feeling that something is happening after all these dangerous situations involving the two main characters. Anyway, this is the last thing Transporter 3's script needed, because halfway through the film, we just don't know that much why Frank has reservations about his missions and his speech about not getting emotionally involved in his missions looks more like a made-up tape.

Finally, if you're looking for a good action film, just don't waste your time with this one. After all, Transporter 3 is just a forgettable film that only tries to take your breath away with its countless action scenes that serve no purpose. Besides, add to that the very simplistic performance by the cast.

Rating: 1/5

Transporter 3
France (2008)
Length: 100 minutes
Genre: Action
Screenplay: Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen
Director: Olivier Megaton
Starring: Jason Statham, Natalya Rudakova, François Berléand, Robert Knepper and Jeroen Krabbé

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