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Frank Martin has been pressured into transporting Valentina, the kidnapped daughter of Leonid Vasilev, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency for the Ukraine, from Marseilles through Stuttgart and Budapest until he ends up in Odessa on the Black Sea. Along the way, with the help of Inspector Tarconi, Frank has to contend with the people who strong armed him to take the job, agents sent by Vasilev to intercept him, and the general non-cooperation of his passenger. Despite Valentina's cynical disposition and his resistance to get involved, Frank and Valentina fall for each other, while escaping from one life-threatening situation after another.
Trying to get out but regretfully pulled back in, uber-driver Frank Martin (Jason Statham), in his third misadventure in the Transporter series, eschews retirement to hit the road again--but under unique duress. Frank's services as a wheel man are wanted by a pathological villain, Johnson (Robert Knepper), who pressures him to drive Valentina (Natalya Rudakova), the party-girl daughter of a Ukrainian official (Jeroen Krabbé), across Eastern Europe as part of an environmentally-unfriendly blackmail scheme. The story's gimmick is that Johnson outfits Frank and Valentina with wrist bracelet bombs that will go off if either of them gets more than 75 feet away from the car.
That limitation sets up several enjoyable suspense sequences, including a complicated chase after Frank's car is stolen, forcing him to keep up with the speeding vehicle via a bicycle. Car stunts, no surprise, are plentiful, capped by a breathtaking scene in which Frank drives atop a speeding train. Obligatory fight scenes are no less imaginative, involving numerous confrontations between the hero and a lot of very big bad guys, occasionally using articles of Frank's clothes as unexpected weapons. The script, co-written by the estimable French director Luc Besson (The Professional), has its flaws, such as an awkward striptease by Frank in order to secure the impulsive Valentina's cooperation. But overall, this is a fine popcorn movie with a satisfying conclusion and lots of comedy on the side. --Tom Keogh
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This one had an extra challenge for Frank Martin with a metal bracelet explosive device that is set to go off if he strays 75 feet from the car he is driving. Natalya Rudakova shares the ride, who also has the same type of metal explosive bracelet on her wrist.
In conclusion, if you are a Jason Statham Transporter series fan, you will enjoy seeing this movie.
Rating: 4 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Predator Hunter: A warrior's memoir)
The reviews weren't flattering, but as long as the fighting was good, the cast was the same, and the characters were the same I'd be happy.
The first few minutes really set the tone for me: The characters have settled down (fishing), and it's delightful to see them again. The fights are solid, and really feel pared down to their essentials. That was a bit of a shame for me, but the over-the-top moments abound and it's only a shame that they couldn't be stretched. But the movie is leaner for it, and still good.
Of those moments, it was the bit under the water that really won the movie over on me. That was a bit of fun that led to a chain of satisfying moments that happened to coinside with the ending. Nice touch all the way around. Lean and mean? The movie is very well put together.
Some of the shockers? Seeing Frank shooting felt wierd, but everything else played out well. And the ending? Totally feel good--though the idea that business would lose is the only truly out-there moment of the film.
Ah, and some of the unflattering things I've read here about the love interest? Don't know what the problem is with those people. She did a great job, is beautifully freckled, and mercifully loses the worst of the make-up by the end.
The movie only loses a star because compared to the first movie it pales, but for anyone new to the series and returning fans alike this is a solid film. Must buy.