French action-thriller film Transporter 3 was released in the United States in 2008. The third and final film of the original Transporter trilogy. Frank Martin (Jason Statham) and Inspector Tarconi (François Berléand) both make a return appearance.
Directed by Olivier Megaton for the first time, this installment follows the story of Frank Martin, a professional “transporter” who has returned to France to go about his unassuming business. At the box office, it outperformed its two predecessors and became the highest-grossing film of the trilogy with over $109 million. Here we cover the cast, plot, and review of Transporter 3.
Transporter 3 Cast
- Cast as Frank Martin, played by Jason Statham
- Playing Valentina Tomilenko is Natalya Rudakova
- Inspector Tarconi (François Berléand)
- Jonas Johnson is played by Robert Knepper
- Taking on the role of Leonid Tomilenko is Jeroen Krabbé
- A Helper for Leonid, Alex the Kobold
- Katia Tchenko, Secretary to Leonid
- Actor David Atrakchi as Malcom Manville
- Flag: Yann Sundberg (French) as Sundberg.
- As Ice, Eriq Ebouaney
- Introducing David Kammenos, Head of the Global Drivers’ Market
- Mighty Joe, aka Silvio Simac
- Thief/Driver Oscar Relier
- Starring Timo Dierkes as Otto
- Ukrainian police officer portrayed by Igor Koumpan
- A Captain in the Person of Paul Barrett
- Adopt Zack Elef as Spouse
- The Assassin Driver, Michel Neugarten, Sergei
- Role of Yuri, played by Farid Elquardi
- Gigant Semmy Schilt
Transporter 3 Plot
From Marseilles to Stuttgart to Budapest to Odessa on the Black Sea, Frank Martin is being forced to convey Valentina, the kidnapped daughter of Leonid Vasilev, the head of the Ukrainian Environmental Protection Agency.
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Frank, aided by Inspector Tarconi, must deal with the people who forced him to take the job, the operatives Vasilev has ordered to apprehend him, and his passenger’s overall lack of cooperation along the route. Frank and Valentina fall in love despite Valentina’s skepticism and his reluctance to commit to the relationship as they narrowly avoid numerous dangerous encounters. Now take a look at the review of Transporter 3.
Review of Transporter 3
Transporter 3 is an unremarkable action film that fails to wow in either the riveting or the outlandishly silly departments. In his role as the series’ tough-guy courier, series star Jason Statham provides sardonic cool, but first-time director Olivier Megaton demonstrates little understanding of pace or action-sequence building.
On November 26th in the United States, Transporter 3 will face off against the heavyweight action flick Quantum of Solace. Transporter 2 grossed $85 million worldwide, quadrupling the original’s box office, and Statham’s recent success in The Bank Job ($62 million worldwide) and Death Race ($66 million worldwide) should help this third film perform well.
But since Statham is still only a minor action star, the success of the franchise, which has moved from Fox to Lionsgate, will depend heavily on the ancillary products.
From an unnamed government figure in the shadows, Frank Martin (Statham) is tasked with escorting Valentina (Rudakova) from Marseilles. As they travel across the continent trying to escape those who want Valentina dead, Frank and Valentina, who at first disliked each other, eventually grew closer.
The viscerally compelling and audaciously humorous action sequences of the Transporter series need a complete suspension of disbelief. Statham’s chiseled visage and dispassionate air provide the ridiculous narratives with the crucial grounding in reality that makes him the ideal antihero for these films.
Despite Statham’s commendable performance, Transporter 3 suffers from sloppy production values that undermine the movie’s otherwise effective formula. The third time around that producer Luc Besson and co-writer Robert Mark Kamen have worked together on a screenplay, the film still falls flat due to its weak odd-couple love story and its labored commentary on the ills of corporate environmental contamination.
The lack of depth in the story might be more forgivable if the action sequences made up for it, but Olivier Megaton, despite his explosively creative moniker, fails to deliver in this regard. Fight scenes in Transporter 3 aren’t particularly exciting, despite being directed by renowned martial arts choreographer Cory Yuen.
Megaton’s tendency to abruptly change the pacing of the story serves as a major source of its overall instability. The movie has some funny parts, but overall it lacks inspired moments of ridiculousness. In Transporter 3, the most euphoric action sequence involves a car and a moving train in a chase.
The actors playing Statham’s sidekicks range from competent to grating. Actor François Berleand reprises his role as Frank’s cynical French inspector pal, and he gives it him all despite playing a stock character. Robert Knepper tries his best to exude calm menace as the film’s antagonist, but his dialogue hits all the expected points.
However, newbie Natalya Rudakova is the true problem. Rudakova, who plays a naive young woman, is unable to make Valentina’s immaturity attractive or lovable. She is a highly unlikeable love interest and not someone you would want to be stuck bringing anyplace, despite her clashing with Statham being intended to create sexual tension.