The Transporter

October 11, 2002 0 By Fans
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This film is about a man whose job is to deliver packages without asking any questions. Complications arise when he breaks those rules.

Release Year: 2002

Rating: 6.7/10 (89,789 voted)

Critic's Score: 51/100

Louis Leterrier

Stars: Jason Statham, Qi Shu, Matt Schulze

Ex-Special Forces operator Frank Martin lives what seems to be a quiet life along the French Mediterranean, hiring himself out as a mercenary "transporter" who moves goods–human or otherwise–from one place to another. No questions asked. Carrying out mysterious and sometimes dangerous tasks in his tricked-out BMW, Frank adheres to a strict set of rules, which he never breaks. Rule One: Never change the deal. Rule Two: No names–Frank doesn't want to know whom he's working for, or what he's transporting. Rule Three: never look in the package. Frank's newest transport seems no different from the countless ones he's done in the past. He's been hired by an American known only as "Wall Street" to make a delivery; but when Frank stops along the route, he notices his package is moving. Violating Rule Three, Frank looks inside the bag, finding its contents to be a beautiful…

Writers: Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen


Jason Statham

Frank Martin

Qi Shu


(as Shu Qi)

Matt Schulze

Wall Street

François Berléand

Inspector Tarconi

Ric Young

Mr. Kwai

Doug Rand


Didier Saint Melin


Tonio Descanvelle

Thug 1

Laurent Desponds

Thug 2

Matthieu Albertini

Thug 3

Vincent Nemeth


Jean-Yves Bilien

Little Thug

Jean-Marie Paris

Giant Thug

Adrian Dearnell


Alfred Lot

Cop 1

Rules are made to be broken

Release Date: 11 October 2002

Filming Locations: Avenue de Saissy, Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes, France

Box Office Details

Budget: $21,000,000


Opening Weekend: $9,107,816
(13 October 2002)
(2573 Screens)

Gross: $25,296,447
(19 January 2003)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


When Lai is using the computer, she browses through several other pictures before finding Wall Street's. The other pictures are all of crew members and the names next to the pictures are all jokes ("Gordon Zola", "Christiane Isme"…).


Factual errors:
When Frank's house is being attacked, despite the gunmen firing high-powered assault rifles on full-auto and while standing, there does not seem to be any significant recoil as all the bullets strike Franks's house at roughly the same height. Given the distance and style of fire, this is simply not feasible, no matter how skilled the marksman.


I'd like to do some sight-seeing.

this plane isn't for tourists
[Frank pulls out gun]

I'm not a tourist.

User Review

colorful action picture


`The Transporter' is pretty good for what it is – a sleek, slick,
high-octane action thriller that couldn't possibly expect us to believe
anything we are seeing on screen and, quite frankly, doesn't care that we
don't. That attitude is probably all for the best in this case, since it
allows the filmmakers to devise elaborate action and stunt sequences
having to pay the slightest heed to that fantasy killjoy known as

Jason Statham literally drips attitude as The Transporter, a stolid,
dressed former military man who spends his time delivering packages (no
questions asked) all over the French Mediterranean for what turn out to
some pretty shady criminal clients. One day he discovers that the
he is to deliver happens to be a human being – a pretty young Chinese
named Lai Kwan who has been dropped, bound and gagged, into the trunk of
sporty car on which he lavishes most, if not all, of the love and caring
has to offer. Yet, Frank turns out, despite his initial air of callous
self-serving indifference, to be a criminal-type with a heart of gold,
he is soon helping Ms. Kwan foil an attempt by her nefarious father to
a crate load of Chinese immigrants into slavery. However, the plot is
least of the matter when it comes to a movie like `The Transporter.'
film is far more concerned with attitude and style than it is with its
storyline, which exists merely as a vehicle on which to hang all the
explosions, car chases and kickboxing fight scenes that have become the
stock-in-trade for modern action pictures. The movie is well directed,
well edited and quite beautifully photographed by cinematographer Pierre
Morel, who gives the film's French Riviera setting a bright, sparkling
sheen. In fact, Morel's camerawork here is some of the best I have seen
a film in a very long time.

In addition to Statham, who makes for a very `cool' action film hero,
Francois Berleand turns in a wonderful performance as a shrewd,
police inspector who knows that Frank is up to something but who has
faith in his own instincts to at least give the man the benefit of the
doubt. Qi Shu is cute and charming as the uninvited and unwelcome
`complication' that steps into Frank's smooth-running, well-ordered

`The Transporter' is the cinematic equivalent of junk fast food – not
in nutritional value, but quickly consumed and satisfying when you don't
have the time or inclination for something more demanding. Like its
cool-under-pressure protagonist, the film delivers the