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The Transporter 2002

This film is about a man whose job is to deliver packages without asking any questions. Complications arise when he breaks those rules...

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, Great action movie. Jason Statham is the best actor in this!.
Not really sure what drove me to watching this movie once again. I wasn't amused with it the first time, but maybe I was hoping that a second viewing would change my views on it. While I like dumb movies like Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior, The Transporter just can't seem to cut it the way that film does.

The biggest problem with The Transporter is that it tries too hard to have a story. I know that sounds crazy that I would complain about that, but that is honestly the films fatal flaw. Sometimes action films can be mindless action and little to no story at all. And if you want to have a story, then it has to be well thought out.

But The Transporter's story about the kidnapped daughter of a slave trader befriending the man who was hired to take her to her secure location just doesn't work. And at times it almost seems embarrassing for the cast of characters to actually carry this story between each scene of ass-kicking.

I will give credit to Jason Statham as Frank Martin, the Transporter. He isn't the ideal action star in most ways. Sure he is built and has a charming face, but he is still a balding guy. Honestly, aside from Bruce Willis, who else is a balding action hero? Not that many.

So the film is loud, and it is dumb. But it is mostly dumb. And at times a little homoerotic. I'm pretty sure that this film will appeal to action fans who don't mind a poorly handled story, and a lot of plot holes. Everyone else might want to skip out on this.
Finally sat down and watched this all the way through.
Fun. Much better than the sequel.

I like Shiu Qi.
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Quite possibly one of the dumbest things I've ever seen. All style, no story.
Bad acting and cheesy fights abound. This dud even spawned a sequel?
Do people have no taste anymore.
This film exists as the broken legged love child of Steven Segal and Vin Diesel.
Yuck.
SYNOPSIS: This film is about a man (Statham) whose job is to deliver packages without asking any questions. Complications arise when he breaks those rules.

REVIEW: Great action from beginning to end with a real variety of settings and props. It would be very easy to set fight sequences in the same location and Transporter avoids that problem quite well. There's a storyline there too if you really care, all in all though, this is just a bad-ass action movie.

CATEGORY RATINGS:
- STORY: 6
- ACTING: 6
- VISUALS: 5
- DIRECTION: 7
- ENTERTAINMENT FACTOR: 8
OVERALL AVERAGE RATING: 6.4
11-08-06
Miniskirted Shu Qi but no skin. Tough guy Jason Statham with a bit of soul. Stupid rules. Great shots of places I've never seen, acting as the backdrop for ridiculous chase scenes. Actually, this had more car-chase inanity than Smokey and the Bandit or Dukes of Hazzard. It was a weird mix and I didn't quite like it. But Statham will be back, somewhere.


The Transporter works mostly on it's fun, silly action sequences followed by some more fun, silly action scenes. It's main flaw is that their is no story or plot to support the substance. I liked the characters, even though their background history is a bit hazy. Their are some good, original ideas, like the scuba diving part. I'm glad that they didn't try to make it too much like the next James Bond, but create a new kind of hero for the genre. So, I basically enjoyed it and mildly recommend it; just know that you won't get much out of the story or the development of the characters for that matter.

Grade: C+
The Transporter
RT Rating: 53%
My Rating: 5.3
Box Office: 9 OW/ 25 Total



Bottom Line:
Okay time waster, rare case were the 2nd one is better.

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Friends Reviews:
KevinRobbins 8/10 "the action scenes were so unique, creative, and abstract, it is a must have for all action movie fans"
Nived84 4/10 " fun action, but nothing else"
filmphilospher 6/10 " big, dumb, fun"