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Thank you for checking out my movie review archive. I'm in the process of transitioning to something else, so I will no longer post new reviews to this blog. In the meantime, I will keep these reviews archived; these are from the fall of 2008 to April 2011. Please watch this blog for more info and keep in touch (you can still find me on Facebook and Twitter). Here's to more great movies!

Wes Singleton

North Texas Film Critics Association

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Transporter 3: C-

The Transporter 3
Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense action and violence, some sexual content and drug material, 100 minutes
Wes's Grade: C-

Forgettable, trashy "Transporter 3" boasts some cool stunts and martial arts, little else

Jason Statham is a decent martial arts fighter and has rugged, handsome looks. Too bad he can't be given a better movie franchise than the trashy, forgettable "Transporter" films. The first was a modest hit that did well on video, and spawned two largely unnecessary sequels, "Transporter 2" (2005) and now this one. If you've seen the other "Transporter" films you've already seen this one too. Cool, flashy stunts and fighting (and cool cars too) but largely forgettable when it comes to about anything else - directing, acting, writing and the such - you know, things that make like, a good movie, which it is far from.

Statham once again plays Frank Martin, a shady messenger who delivers goods, usually of the human kind, to slimy underworld businessman. This time, he must take Valentina (Natalya Rudakova) across the country of France. En route, he must deal with all sorts of lowlife thugs who want to intercept the delivery to get in the way of his dangerous objective.

Pretty simple stuff, peppered with some very cool stunts (landing a car on a train is the best) not to mention some nice martial arts. Statham also gets to go shirtless if you care about such things (and many, especially ladies, who do).

Luc Besson, who wrote, produced and directed the other "Transporter" films, writes here too, leaving the directing to French director to Olivier Megaton, but all of it, especially the story and acting, are tremendously lackluster, but then most would go to see Statham and/or the stunts.

Instantly forgettable, there's not much else to say about "Transporter 3" except that it'll probably do modestly well at the box-office and probably spawn another sequel.