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The Transporter

Corey Yuen's The Transporter is a hokey, resilient B-movie that doesn't have a franchise in the making of XXX, but Vin Diesel admirers may see British actor Jason Statham as a pretty, mean, suave fighting machine who can make it a guilty pleasure.

Statham of Snatch and Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels gives Yuen and co-writer and producer Luc Besson (La Femme Nikita) what they need as his Frank Martin is a capable transporter of illegal commerce.

The unflappable Frank has three rules that include never changing the deal, no names, and never look in the package.  In adhering to them, he enjoys an idyllic French mansion with a view of the Mediterranean.

Yuen stages the first action chase scene remarkably as the Hong Kong director uses rap music persuasively as Martin picks up four gunmen with large bags of money in his sleek getaway car.  The robbers didn't follow the deal by adding more than three in the car and after waiting around the amazing sequence includes a fast and furious ride across Nice with the authorities in full pursuit of the undaunted driver.

Frank's life of staying out of the hustle and bustle with a pension as a former elite of the Special Forces has him under the scrutiny of a diffident local police investigator Tarconi, done with a degree of warmth by Francios Berleand.

In a new assignment for Frank Martin from a slippery Englishman he carries a large bad in his trunk.  Inside the hefty, black duffel bag is Lia (Qi Shu).

Besson and writing partner Robert Mark Kamen keep the action coming in good doses tempting the viewer with some romance and alien smuggling as Lia's captors are hot on the trail of her and Frank.  Some may wonder why Frank is despised so by the vicious henchmen, but it works to the advantage of Yuen's choreography talents and one neat scene involves the use of Crisco.

Those who want logic and character development crisp and clean won't get it with The Transporter.  But, Statham and Shu are paired with the same engaging, spunky presence that she brings with her flight entrance.  Even though the conclusion has some absurd dialogue.

Yuen empowers Statham with martial-arts expertise to avoid death traps as some stunning action revved up vibrantly with hip-hop keeps one from really wanting to look deep inside the movie's package.

The Transporter

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