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My Thoughts on: Transporter 3 (2008)

*warning, minor spoilers for Transporter 3

All too quickly I reached the end of the original Transporter trilogy with Transporter 3. Unlike the other two, I went into this one with a warning. I’d been told by more than a few people that I should avoid this film since it was a step down from Transporter 2. With that thought in mind, I dove in to the film…and was pleasantly surprised.

Perhaps I please far too easily, but I enjoyed Transporter 3. The action has moved back to Europe, Statham is on point as always, and this third entry presents a dangerous wrinkle to the “transport the package from point A to point B” premise that has defined the series. Namely, our favorite transporter has to deal with getting the job done with a powerful explosive strapped to his wrist (a matching one on the package as well), one that will detonate if he gets too far away from the car. It’s already been established that being a transporter is a dangerous occupation, but now Frank Martin has to do his job while being conscious at all times of his proximity to the car, because if he’s not careful he can go BOOM. It’s an ingenious plot device, because it’s easy to forget it until it becomes relevant and then you’re like “Oh sh*t the bomb!”

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Another thing I liked about Transporter 3 is watching Frank deal with his latest “package” i.e. Valentina (Natalya Rudakova). In some ways, the interaction reminds me of  the interplay between Frank and Lai in the original film (just with more conversation), as Valentina strains Frank’s patience to the absolute limit (a notable example being when she gets high right before a car chase ensues). But one part of the interaction between Frank and Valentina that bothers me is how quickly they appear to develop a relationship. Ever since I was clued in to how unrealistic this is, seeing this in a film has always bothered me. However, even though it does bother me, it doesn’t stop me from enjoying the film, which is otherwise really good.

One last thing that bothers me in this film is some of the things that Frank does with the car. Now, I admit I don’t know too much about cars, but to me it seems highly unlikely that a car could be made to run again (just like that) after falling into a lake. And the odds of a vehicle being able to land on top of a moving train…I know it’s a movie and all, but something about that scene bothered me, so I just wanted to mention it.

Even though this film is 11 years old, I would be more than happy to see Jason Statham play the role of Frank Martin again (let’s just forget the reboot ever happened). Let me know what you think about Transporter 3 in the comments below and have a great day!

See also:

My Thoughts on: Transporter 2 (2005)

My Thoughts on: The Transporter (2002)

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My Thoughts on: Transporter 2 (2005)

I’ll admit to raising an eyebrow when I heard that Transporter 2 was considered by many to be superior to the original Transporter film. But after sitting down and watching it, I have to agree that those critics might have a point. Transporter 2 is a lot of fun to watch, and it definitely takes the action much farther than the original film did.

But admitting it’s the superior film? Hmmmm, I’m still not sure about that.

First let’s start with the basics: Transporter 2 goes the route of most sequels by putting a twist on the original premise. Instead of transporting packages for anonymous buyers, Frank Martin has been working for the last month as a personal driver for a family, taking their young son back and forth from school. It seems innocent enough, but given Frank Martin is involved in the situation, it doesn’t take long for things to go sideways.

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One area in which Transporter 2 unquestionably excels is in the action. As great as the fight scenes in the original film are, they’re taken to the next level in this one. And some of the things that Frank does with that car of his just aren’t human (in fact, if I’m honest, at times it pushed my suspension of disbelief). No, in terms of action, Transporter 2 is a lot of fun.

Where I take issue with this film comes in the depiction of Lola, one of the main antagonists of the film. Lola is a completely psychotic gun-wielding killer, whose wardrobe is so scanty that it screams “mid-2000s fan service” from beginning to end. On one level, I get why she’s presented this way: the idea is that Lola is so crazy she just doesn’t give a f*ck and will dress however she wants, society be damned. But on the other hand, every time I see her this way it made me cringe. If I could alter one thing in this film, it would be her.

Other than that quibble, I suppose Transporter 2 really is superior to the original, except for that ending. I feel kind of bad for Frank in the end, but then I suppose he couldn’t be who he is if the film ended any other way. I also like how Inspector Tarconi is worked into the story. With the change of locale I didn’t think we’d see the dear inspector, but it worked out perfectly.

Overall, I enjoyed this film very much. Let me know what you think about Transporter 2 in the comments below and have a great day!

See also:

My Thoughts on: Transporter 3 (2008)

My Thoughts on: The Transporter (2002)

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