The TransporterOctober 11, 2002
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
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
(as Shu Qi)
Didier Saint Melin
Rules are made to be broken
Release Date: 11 October 2002
Filming Locations: Avenue de Saissy, Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes, France
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $9,107,816
(13 October 2002)
(19 January 2003)
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"…).
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.
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