Release year: 2002
Director: Louis Leterrier, Corey Yuen
Screenwriter: Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen
Starring: Jason Statham, Qi Shu, François Berléand, Matt Schulze, Ric Young, Doug Rand, Didier Saint Melin, Laurent Desponds
If you are a criminal and in need of transportation and want the best, you hire Frank (Jason Statham). A retired Special Forces operator, he is fit to handle whatever comes in the way of the transportation and work under strict rules that ensures a successful business. Until one day where Frank breaks his own rule number three: never open the package.
The Transporter was the movie that truly made Statham (Crank, 2006) the new It-guy when it came to action movies. Already trained in martial arts, the actor did most of his own stunts, including most of his own driving, and convincingly so. Written by Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, 1997), the movie delivers when it comes to action sequences, without much care for credibility as long as it looks cool, and cool it looks! Statham handles the car and fights looking like a pro you don’t want to piss of and when Shu (The Assassin, 2015) she is the exact right amount of sweet and feisty. The unlikable respect and friendship between the criminal Frank and Inspector Tarconi is a nice element, made better by the excellent Berléand and as long as you realize this movie is only out to entertain and satisfy action-junkies, then this will do the job and do it good! Car chases at full speed and fighting scenes making use of something as rare as molasses syrup, this is high quality action.
Frank’s car is a BMW 750i E38. The car in the movie is the only one ever produced with a manual six-speed gearbox.
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