The Transporter

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Overview

An outlaw finds his life becoming all the more dangerous when he turns against a gang of criminals in this action drama. Frank Martin Jason Statham is a former Special Forces officer who lives on the French Mediterranean and has a lucrative second career as a underworld courier for hire. Martin will deliver anything anywhere, but he has three iron-clad rules - once the plan is in motion it cannot be changed, neither he nor his customers are to ever use their real names, and under no circumstances will he open the...
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Overview

An outlaw finds his life becoming all the more dangerous when he turns against a gang of criminals in this action drama. Frank Martin Jason Statham is a former Special Forces officer who lives on the French Mediterranean and has a lucrative second career as a underworld courier for hire. Martin will deliver anything anywhere, but he has three iron-clad rules - once the plan is in motion it cannot be changed, neither he nor his customers are to ever use their real names, and under no circumstances will he open the package. Martin is hired to make a delivery to a wealthy but unscrupulous American known as Wall Street Matt Schulze, but after taking possession of the package he realizes that whatever is inside happens to be alive. Breaking his own rule, Martin opens the bag to discover a beautiful Asian woman, Lai Shu Qi, who is bound and gagged. Lai briefly escapes, but Martin captures her, and delivers her to Wall Street as promised. However, after being given a parcel to deliver by Wall Street, Martin finds out what Wall Street is up to - in partnership with Lai's father Mr. Kwai Ric Young, Wall Street is part of a scheme to smuggle Asian illegal aliens into France. Martin's conscience gets the better of him, and he sets out to rescue Lai and put Wall Street and Mr. Kwai out of business; however, as if this wasn't enough of a challenge, Martin discovers a French detective, Tarconi Francois Berleand has gotten wind of his illegal business. The Transporter was the first English-language feature for Hong Kong-based director Corey Yuen, who along with directing a number of HK action flicks designed fight choreography for several American films.
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Special Features

Commentary by Jason Statham and producer Steve Chasman; Theatrical trailer in high definition
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Cool, kinetic, and supremely self-assured, this compact little action flick moves far too quickly to sink under the weight of its plot holes and occasional pretensions. Although clearly indebted to writer/producer Luc Besson's previous exercises in Gallic underworld glamour, The Transporter perfectly balances the contributions of co-directors Corey Yuen and Louis Leterrier. Yuen, a Hong Kong vet with a several American fight-choreography credits under his belt, turns in some breathless action set pieces whose grace and economy seem miles away from the blustery Michael Bay school of excess. Leterrier, meanwhile, presumably deserves credit for eliciting such wry humor and genre-defying humanity from the performers. Freed from the cocky, talky constraints of Guy Ritchie's world, star Jason Statham exudes coiled tension underneath his controlled exterior. The tale of an underworld courier's crisis of conscience could too easily slip into mawkish self-parody, but Statham's less-is-more approach lends the scenario an undeniable authenticity; this man, rather than Vin Diesel or The Rock, should be the model for tomorrow's action hero. It helps that Shu Qi makes such a credible combination of victim, femme fatale, and witty foil. After a twisted "meet cute" silly enough to satisfy the most rabid romantic comedy fan, Qi and Statham settle into a delicious chemistry that survives several unlikely plot twists. François Berléand's role as a wise, wary police detective proves problematic, but he and Statham wring as much dramatic frisson as possible from their frequent, pseudo-philosophical tête-à-têtes. Matt Schulze's double-crossing villain is strictly pro forma, but fans of television's Alias will not be surprised to learn that Ric Young achieves an effortless air of smug menace as the imposing and ultimately cold-blooded Mr. Kwai. The Transporter may have failed to cross over at the American box office the way Besson's and Statham's previous efforts did, but it's an unassuming delight in a genre fraught with loud, showy duds.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/14/2006
  • UPC: 024543395904
  • Original Release: 2002
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: A
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:32:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 12,541

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jason Statham Frank Martin
Shu Qi Lai
François Berléand Tarconi
Matt Schulze Wall Street
Ric Young Mr. Kwai
Doug Rand Leader
Didier Saint Melin Boss
Tonio Descanvelle Thug 1
Laurent Desponds Thug 2
Matthieu Albertini Thug 3
Vincent Tulli Thug
Technical Credits
Corey Yuen Director, Action Director
Luc Besson Producer, Screenwriter
Stephane Moreno Carpio Asst. Director
Steven Chasman Producer
Nathalie Cheron Casting
Christophe Cheysson Asst. Director
Stanley Clarke Score Composer
Francois-Joseph Hors Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Mark Kamen Screenwriter
Didier Lozahic Sound/Sound Designer
Pierre Morel Cinematographer
Martine Rapin Costumes/Costume Designer
Hugues Tissandier Production Designer
Nicolas Trembasiewicz Editor
Vincent Tulli Sound Editor
Ken Yasumoto Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Transporter
1. Main Titles
2. Never Change the Deal
3. The Getaway
4. Leap of Faith
5. Nothing Out of Place
6. A Precise Business
7. The Package
8. Breaking the Rules
9. Another Delivery
10. Surprise Package
11. A Force of One
12. The Stowaway
13. Lai
14. The New Cook
15. An Inspector Calls
16. Under Siege
17. Nothing But Trouble
18. The Official Story
19. Not Everythings a Lie
20. The Heart of the Matter
21. The Man for the Job
22. Breakout
23. Infiltrator
24. Combat in the Containers
25. Bus Battle
26. Greased Lightning
27. In Pursuit
28. Attack From Above
29. The Substitute Driver
30. Crashing Wall Street
31. Kwai's Revenge
32. End Titles
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Transporter
   Play
   Set Up
      Language and Audio
         English 5.1 DTS HD
         French 5.1 Dolby Digital
         Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital
         Commentary by Actor Jason Statham, Producer Steven Chasman
      Subtitles
         English
         Spanish
         None
   Scenes
   Special Features
      Commentary by Actor Jason Statham, Producer Steven Chasman: On
      Commentary by Actor Jason Statham, Producer Steven Chasman: Off
      Trailers: The Transporter
      Trailers: Transporter 2
      Trailers: Planet of the Apes (2001)
      Trailers: Phone Booth
      Trailers: Behind Enemy Lines
      Trailers: Kiss of the Dragon
      Trailers: Speed
      Trailers: Fantastic Four
      Trailers: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    The Transporter series is action, drama, and escapism with heart

    I found this series to have excellent characters, lots of intelligent action, and a lead character with all the right moves, yet not totally predictable. What I liked about this series of action videos, was the plot twists, and true involvement wih the main character, and his concern for those he transports. Great scripts, excellent camera work, and characters which immerse you into the movie. I love this series.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    always respect a mans car

    Statham is an awesome actor & a breath of fresh air for recent action films.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sexy, fun, smart, and fast

    I watch a lot of movies, and it takes quite a bit to make me take notice. This move grabbed me by the throat and demanded my attention. Jason Statham plays Frank Martin, a former military man who’s turned into a transporter, with his own set of rules. On a seemingly simple job, he breaks one of his own rules (rule 3: never look in the package) and his entire world blows up in his face. Suddenly, Frank is sucked into a dark world of human slavery and organized crime. The fight scenes are amazing to watch, they held me spellbound, and the chase scenes are simply fun. Other reviewers are pointing out the plot holes. There’s a few, but frankly, who cares? This isn’t Alfred Hitchcock, nor is it trying to be smart, high drama. It’s more analogous to Quentin Tarantino. It’s just action for the fun of it. If you’re looking for a movie that will enrich your life and make you think- go rent Schindler’s List. If you’re looking for a movie that will entertain you, thrill you, and make 90 minutes race by- then get yourself a copy of the Transporter. Highly recommended for all action movie buffs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This Bites

    This is simply one of the worst movies I've ever seen! The initial storyline is plausable enough but once in use its almost unwatchable. The accents make the dialog difficult to understand, in fact, I'm not sure what the girl and the french cop are speaking is english. The action scenes are choppy with an seemingly unending supply of bad guys trying to put the hurt on Statham. As with all martial arts movies a certain suspension of disbelief is required however this director and story has difficulty even pulling that off. The one bright spot is Jason Statham who is incredible as an action hero. He plays the perfect strong silent type with little smirks thrown as if to tell the audience that he truly has this all under control and is actually enjoying the exercise. He is at his best in the fight scenes where he can show off his really amazing abilities. He pulls off some moves I haven't seen in the best foreign martial arts movies. So, see this if you like a ridiculous plot and horrible acting, but great fight sequences. Even then make sure you've had a few drinks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Flick for guys and girls

    I saw this movie in the theatre. Everyone of us loved it. For guys, this is the best an action flick can get. The last hour and fifteen minutes is straight non-stop action. It goes from car chase to fight scene to car chase and so on ... unbelievable. For girls, Jason Stratham takes his shirt off for like half the movie ... and he is cut.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Entertaining & visually stimulating

    The scenery was absolutely beautiful for one. The Transporter definitely knew how to handle that 1999 BMW flawlessly and he was oh so good to look at. I've never seen Jason Statham before this movie and I must say that after this, I will be looking for him. I just saw The Italian Job which he co-stars in & every time he had to drive or do something in the film I kept saying to my boyfriend, he can do that because he's The Transporter! Totally enjoyed the movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome!

    This movie was really well done. I gave my husband a hard time when he came home with this movie - I thought it was just another ''action-packed'' dopey film. However, not only did my husband and kids enjoy the movie, I found myself on the edge of my seat and my jaw clenched for most of it. Excellent action sequences, good acting, interesting cinematography. Also, the additional sequences (interviews with the actors etc.) show what a well-orchestrated production it was. Totally enjoyable (and this from a person who tends to find flaws with most movies...)

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