|Directed by||Olivier Megaton|
|Produced by||Luc Besson
|Written by||Luc Besson
Robert Mark Kamen
by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamem
|Music by||Alexandre Azaria|
|Cinematography||Giovanni Fiore Coltellacci|
|Editing by||Camille Delamarre
TF1 Films Production
|Distributed by||EuropaCorp. Distribution (France)
Lionsgate (United States)
Icon Film Distribution (United Kingdom)
|Running time||104 minutes|
Transporter 3 is a 2008 French action film, and is the third installment in the Transporter franchise. Both Jason Statham and François Berléand reprised their roles, as Frank Martin and Tarconi, respectively. This is the first film in the series to be directed by Olivier Megaton. The film continues the story of Frank Martin, a professional "transporter" who has returned to France to continue his low-key business of delivering packages without questions. The story continues after the film in Transporter: The Series.
Frank Martin and Inspector Tarconi are spending the day fishing in Marseilles when Tarconi receives a call from police about a black Audi A8 speeding past French customs. Tarconi then takes the boat back to assure the police that Frank is not behind the car chase. Meanwhile, in Odessa, Ukraine, Environmental Agency Minister Leonid Tomilenko receives a threat from Ecocorp boss Johnson that his daughter Valentina's life is at stake if he does not approve clearance for Ecocorp to ship toxic chemicals into the country within 24 hours. Later that night, the Audi suddenly crashes into Frank's home, with a wounded transporter named Malcolm Manvill behind the wheel. Martin sees a Metal Bracelet on Malcolm's wrist. Malcolm tries to tell Frank that he is supposed to stay in the car. Frank does not realize that Malcolm's supposed to stay in the car. Malcolm had taken a delivery job from Johnson that Frank had previously declined. As paramedics quickly move Malcolm into the ambulance, Frank discovers a drugged Valentina in the backseat of the Audi. She warns him not to take her out of the car when he notices that both her and Malcolm are wearing metal bracelets on their wrists. Frank rushes to stop the ambulance from leaving, but it explodes. Since it was Frank's fault that Malcolm died, Frank was little dumb and careless. Before he can piece together the situation, he is knocked out by one of Johnson's henchmen because Malcolm died.
Frank wakes up in an empty room, discovering that Johnson has clamped a metal bracelet on his wrist. He is ordered by Johnson to do a delivery job with Valentina and is warned that if he walks 75 feet away from his Audi A8 6.0 W12, the bracelet will explode and kill him. On their way to Budapest, Frank deviates from the course and heads to a garage in Germany to see if his friend Otto can remove the bracelet. While Frank fends off Johnson's men, Otto discovers the transmitter inside the Audi, but he cannot disarm it without risking an explosion. Upon their arrival in Budapest, Frank picks up a call from Johnson on a public phone when one of Johnson's men steals the Audi, resulting in Frank chasing for his life across town until he manages to reach the car and continue their journey to Bucharest. Frank and Valentina are then chased by a black Mercedes-Benz E-Class driven by Tomilenko's agents; the chase ends when their car drives off a cliff. After the ordeal, Frank realizes that Valentina is the package. Valentina explains to Frank that she was in Ibiza when she was drugged by Johnson's men and transported by Malcolm, who allowed her to call her father before being chased and eventually crashing into Frank's home.
Upon re-establishing Frank's location, Johnson orders him to travel to Odessa, where they are surrounded on a bridge by Johnson and his men. Valentina approaches Johnson, who removes her bracelet before ordering his men to gun down Frank. Frank drives the Audi off the bridge and sinks into the lake below. As Johnson and his men drive off to the nearest train station, Frank informs Tarconi of his location before he uses a floatation device to raise his Audi back to shore. Aboard the train, Valentina calls her father, telling him not to sign the contracts, but Johnson tells him he has 15 minutes to fulfill the deal. After Tarconi and some Ukrainian police officers help get the Audi back in running condition, Frank continues his chase and jumps the car on the train. He takes out Johnson's men and obtains the bracelet key from Johnson, unlocking it and placing it on Johnson's wrist while setting the Audi on reverse. Johnson explodes when the Audi exits the train car. Since Johnson and his henchmen got killed, it means that Frank avenged Malcolm's death. Upon hearing from Tarconi that Valentina is safe, Tomilenko tears up the Ecocorp contracts before heading for his business conference, and the cargo ships are raided by police and sent away from Ukrainian shores.
Frank and Tarconi return to fishing in Marseilles, but Valentina suggests for them to go out to dinner instead.
- Jason Statham as Frank Martin
- François Berléand as Inspector Tarconi
- Natalya Rudakova as Valentina Tomilenko
- Robert Knepper as Johnson
- Jeroen Krabbé as Leonid Tomilenko
- David Atrakchi as Malcom Manvill
- Eriq Ebouaney as Ice
- Yann Sundberg as Flag
- Surya Neupane as Charles
- Timo Dierkes as Otto
Natalya Rudakova was spotted by Luc Besson on the street as she hurried to her job at a New York City hair salon. He paid for 25 acting lessons over a six-month period in Paris before she received the role. Roger Ebert noted the rarity of leading ladies who are heavily freckled.
Transporter 3 was released on DVD and Blu-Ray disc on March 10, 2009 in the United States. The single disc DVD contains both fullscreen and widescreen versions of the film. The 2 Disc Fully Loaded Edition DVD will contain a digital copy that the single disc will not have. A Blu-ray two-disc will also be released, which will contain the digital copy. 1,108,030 units were sold, bringing in $19,707,976 in revenue.
Box office and reception
Transporter 3 was released by Lionsgate in the United States. On its opening weekend, the film opened at number 7 with $12 million. As of 11 September 2009[update], the film has grossed $31.7 million in the United States and in Canada and $74.6 million in other countries, with a total gross of $106,288,215 worldwide, making it the highest-grossing film in the Transporter trilogy.
The film has received mixed reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a freshness score of 36% based on reviews from 110 critics and reports a rating average of 4.8 out of 10, with the reported consensus: "This middling installment in the Transporter franchise is a few steps down from its predecessors, featuring generic stunts and a lack of energy." At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film received an average score of 51 based on 26 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
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