Transporter 3

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Review byMatthew Turner4/12/2008

Four out of Five stars
Running time: 104 mins

Enjoyably ridiculous thriller, in which plot logic and characterisation are gleefully ignored in favour of jaw-dropping action sequences, superb fight scenes and Statham's brilliantly deadpan performance.

What's it all about?
Directed by Olivier Megaton, the threequel to the successful Transporter franchise begins with mercenary driver Frank Martin (Jason Statham) enjoying his retirement in Marseilles, spending his days fishing with cop buddy Tarconi (Francois Berleand). However, when a car crashes into his living room, Frank is drawn into a plot involving toxic waste and the blackmailing of a green-conscious Ukrainian politician (Jeroen Krabbe), orchestrated by the mysterious Johnson (Robert Knepper, aka Prison Break's T-Bag).

For reasons that the plot never bothers to explain, Frank is forced to drive the politician's kidnapped daughter Valentina (Natalya Rudakova) from France to Odessa. To make things more complicated, both he and Valentina are forced to wear bracelets that will explode if either of them get more than 75 feet from the car.

The Good
First things first: the set-pieces are wonderfully directed and staged with gleeful, tongue-in-cheek wit, most notably during a breathtaking chase sequence (in which Frank attempts to catch up with his stolen Audi on a BMX, before he explodes) and the exciting train-based finale. The fight sequences are equally good fun, employing the franchise's trademarked shirt-off, articles-of-clothing-as-weapons fighting style to good effect, even if you occasionally wish the editor would calm down a bit.

Statham is great throughout, growling his way through his scenes like Phil Mitchell having a particularly bad day. Similarly, Knepper makes a decent adversary, though Rudakova seems to have been cast for her striking looks (ginger, freckled and irritating - she's like a Ukrainian Bianca Jackson) rather than any acting ability.

The Bad
The plot makes absolutely no sense at all, while the food-based banter doesn't really work and a scene in which Valentina forces Frank to strip is excruciating rather than funny.

Worth seeing?
The textbook definition of a guilty pleasure, Transporter 3 is deeply silly but enormous fun. Worth seeing.

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