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The Transporter

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France, United States · 2002
Rated PG-13 · 1h 32m
Director Louis Leterrier, Corey Yuen
Starring Jason Statham, Shu Qi, François Berléand, Matt Schulze
Genre Action, Crime, Thriller

Frank Martin, a former special operations officer living in Southern France, works as a mercenary, willing to transport anything anywhere with no questions asked. However, when he learns the truth about a horrifying assignment, he is forced to fight for his life against his dangerous employers.

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Salon by Andrew O'Hehir

There's plenty to like here, especially for connoisseurs of the action genre, and there's also plenty to make you wonder whether Besson and co-writer Robert Mark Kamen scribbled their screenplay on a batch of Marseilles cocktail napkins and then lost one or two.


Los Angeles Times by Manohla Dargis

The plot doesn't rate as high as the quality of the bodies in fast, furious motion. What counts in The Transporter isn't the wafer-thin story about smugglers -- it's the way Martin kicks open a door, fends off a couple of axes and uses a perfectly ordinary sport shirt as a weapon.


Austin Chronicle by Marrit Ingman

A slick, sexy little package with fast cars, big explosions, dazzling locations in the south of France, a trip-hop score, and about as much plot to fill a thimble.


San Francisco Chronicle by Mick LaSalle

That the movie becomes silly isn't necessarily a problem, but it also becomes tiresome, degenerating into a series of martial arts interludes -- everyone unaccountably leaves his guns at home.


The A.V. Club by Scott Tobias

If anything, The Transporter isn't ludicrous enough; only one scene (a hand-to-hand showdown in the middle of an oil slick) reaches the inspired, delirious comic heights of the best Hong Kong movies.

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