Corey Yuen's THE TRANSPORTER is an efficient action flick with a sleek
European flair. Jason Statham (SNATCH) plays Frank Martin. Frank
is a Steven Seagal type of character who hauls cargo -- packages or
people -- around in his fast BMW. Unlike Federal Express, his fees
run into the tens of thousands for one delivery since his clients
are card-carrying members of the criminal class.
A martial arts master who has charisma to burn, Frank is an anal retentive
with a rigid set of rules, which include no deal changes, no names
and no opening of the package. He is also one heck of a driver, which
provides plenty of work for some very talented stuntmen. The story,
written by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen, plays like a combination
of THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS and XXX. The energetic rock soundtrack
ensures that the audience stays fully engaged throughout. It's also
beautifully filmed so it's an easy picture to spend time watching.
The only disappointment comes from Shu Qi, an actress who frequently
drains the energy from her scenes. She plays Lai, a woman whom Frank
reluctantly comes to aid. Much better is Matt Schulze, from the two
BLADE movies, who plays the chief bad guy who attempts to take Frank
down. Hint: Put your money on Frank to win.
There are few memorable moments, but THE TRANSPORTER provides topnotch
THE TRANSPORTER runs 1:33. It is rated PG-13 for "violent sequences
and some sensuality" and would be acceptable for kids around 12 and up.
My son Jeffrey, age 13, gave it *** 1/2, saying that he thoughts the
action was terrific, the escapes were cool and the lead actor was
good. He said that the main character was like James Bond crossed
with Jean-Claude Van Damme.
Copyright © 2002 Steve Rhodes