Transporter 3 (2008)

OLIVIER MEGATON

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5

France/United Kingdom/USA, 2008.  EuropaCorp, TF1 Films Production, Grive Productions, Apipoulaï, Current Entertainment, Canal+, CinéCinéma, Pack Shot Boys Films, Quinta Communications.  Screenplay by , , based on their characters.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

 is once again hired to transport a package and once again, the stakes are high and, yes, once again, his shirt gets gleefully taken off every time he gets into a fight. After a car mysteriously crashes through Statham’s wall and the driver dies, the lone survivor of the wreck is an eastern European girl (, who is particularly terrible) who then becomes his charge. He is forced to drive her and bags full of unknown cargo all the way across Europe, with the villains keeping him in line by tagging his wrist with an explosive device that can be set off if he strays too far from his vehicle (how he accomplishes Number Two in a safe and private environment is obviously not this film’s concern). He tries to get to know his human cargo but she is evasive on answers: she was partying in Ibiza before she was kidnapped and that’s the whole story. Then again, there’s a politician from her part of the world who is being pressured to sign environmentally unfriendly legislation to keep corporate interests happy; could the two be connected? Honestly, who cares in this lame brained fluff, more idiocy coming from the empty mind of Luc Besson. The good news is it is much more fun than the second one, hardly takes itself seriously, and shows Statham off at his most appealing, indulging in his physical attractiveness as much as it does his curmudgeonly charming personality and impressive skills at felling the bad boys. The bad news is that the hyperkinetic editing is overdone to the point that it could be Minnie Mouse as his stunt double and you’d never know the difference. If the man is actually able to throw these good moves, his director should let him.

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