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Genre: Action
Starring: Jason Statham, Robert Knepper, Francois Berleand, Natalya Rudakova, Jeroen Krabbe, Alex Kobold, David Atrakchi, Yann Sundberg, Eriq Ebouaney, David Kammenos, Silvio Simac
Director: Olivier Megaton
Rating: PG (Violence)
Year Made: 2008



- Special Delivery: Transporters in the Real World
- Making of Transporter 3
- Storyboard Compare
- Visual Effects
- The Sets
- Theatrical Trailer



Languages: English
Subtitles: English/Chinese
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Letterbox
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 40 mins
Region Code: NTSC 3
Distributor: InnoF
orm Media




A superb cast, suspense, action, adventure and romance against a backdrop of fast cars and beautiful scenery in the third installment of the Transporter franchise.

Jason Statham (Collateral, Snatch) stars as Frank Martin, the daring deliveryman pressed back into service from his retirement on the French Riviera. Robert Knepper (Prison Break) is the ex-Delta Force operative trying to keep Frank chasing shadows, while Francois Berleand (Tell No One), plays Tarconi, the gastronomic French detective, who provides invaluable support. Sultry Slav newcomer Natalya Rudakova rides shotgun and eventually persuades Frank to loosen his tie.

From the Riviera to the Baltic Sea, via Stuttgart and Budapest, Frank races to dodge ruthless hit men, outwit a criminal mastermind and prevent an ecological catastrophe.


I once commented in my DVD review of "Death Race" that Jason Statham is the only actor currently working in Hollywood who can transcend from one set to another without a hair stylist in tow. With "Transporter 3", he has yet to prove my words wrong.

In the third instalment of this popular franchise created by Luc Besson, Statham reprises his role as Frank Martin, the ex-special forces operative who is now semi-retired and spends his days fishing with his best pal, Inspector Tarconi (François Berléand). But shortly after the opening credits, Martin is being held captive and forced to make a delivery for a thug named Johnson (Robert Knepper from Prison Break) or facing the death of exploding to pieces by the metallic device attached to his hand.

One obvious reason why the franchise is so popular is it boasts nothing but crazy car stunts and action choreography. The recipe never changes whether it’s helmed by Corey Yuen (who still acts as action choreographer here) or Louis Leterrier (The Incredible Hulk) or Oliver Megaton. The story by Besson and Robert Mark Kamen is laughable and just a good excuse to setup Frank Martin against the thugs. At least Besson should be commended for throwing an environmental message here. While we do not actually knows what’s with the toxic waste and the background of Johnson at least Besson tries.

The ludicrous level in "Transporter 3" goes a notch higher under the hands of Megaton. Try to fathom a scene whereby Frank Martin drove his Audi crashing into a river, somehow manage to float it back and continue his journey to save his 'package'. If I could manage to scrimp enough dough to buy a car someday, I guess it will definitely be an Audi.

Another distracting point is the all-too frantic visual editing and quick cuts for the fighting and car chase sequences. Frankly I don’t really see the need for such cosmetic post-production works for Corey Yuen’s choreography skills or Michel Julienne's stunt team. Even though the love interest shifts through the franchise, this time round newcomer Natalys Rudakova takes the back seat, Jason Statham remains the sole attraction with its rippling abs and kick-ass attitude, in other words the roles he plays doesn’t change.

Lastly, the lack of humour and boring dialogues consisting of cuisine suggestions fails to spark any interest or sexual tensions between Statham and Rudakova. Sadly this third entry in the Transporter series has little to excite or offer. For an no-brainer action piece, we seriously expect a whole lot more fun and adrenalin.


The special features are strangly omitted from the DVD cover but anyway here they are -

Special Delivery: Transporters in the Real World – This enriching featurette touches on real operatives who work quietly behind-the-scenes transporting information and people like movie stars, politicians, VIPs etc.

Making-Of Transporter 3 – A 16 minutes feature that typically covers the usual cast & crew interviews and behind-the-scenes shots.

Storyboard Compare – Take a look at the various storyboards for the actual shooting

Visual Effects - A quick 2 minutes feature that delve into how visual effects were used to composite into the final shoot of some of the action sequences in the movie.

The Sets – Another 2 minutes long feature in which the director talks about constructing Frank’s house and the train sets in the movie finale.

The DVD is round up with the theatrical trailer.


The DVD transfer is pretty impressive. At times its grainy, black levels remain as deep and some of the scenic shots are crisp and natural. This DVD comes with an option of 5.1 and 2.0, the Dolby 5.1 is as loud as you can get with huge sound effects to blow your eardrums.



Review by Linus Tee


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