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The Transporter (2002), PG-13
Analysis Date: October 11, 2002
CAP Score: 43
CAP Influence Density: 1.98
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THE TRANSPORTER (PG-13) -- There are no more heroes in entertainment.
Production: Current Entertainment (in association with) Seaside Productions
Distribution: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
Director(s): Corey Yuen
Producer(s): Luc Besson, Steve Chasman, David Lai
Written by/Screenplay: Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen
Cinematography/Camera: Pierre Morel
Music: Stanley Clarke
Film Editing: Nicolas Trembasiewicz
Casting: Nathalie Cheron
Production Design: Hugues Tissandier
Frank Martin (Jason Statham), ex-operative of the special forces has a job that pays well enough to afford a villa on the French Riviera. His job is simply transporting packages. He takes his job seriously enough to rigidly follow three rules: the deal never changes, no names, never look in the package.
Frank's rules are tested in the first transporting job we see. A gang of four bank robbers who hired Frank for his expert evasive driving skills pile into Frank's BMW directly from the theft. With alarms going off and police sirens getting closer, Frank tells the gang leader (Doug Rand) in the front seat the deal was for three passengers, not four but three. The leader then leveled his gun at Frank's face ordering him to drive or die. But the car has numeric coded security. No one can start it without the code. If Frank is dead, the car does not move. After a few moments of argument and threats to kill Frank, the leader in the front seat moves his gun from Frank's face to the robber in the seat behind Frank and kills him to lighten the load. Now the deal is as it was agreed and Frank begins his job. A lengthy car chase scene ensues that gives new definition to reckless driving and reckless endangerment of others.
In another job Frank's breaks one of his own rules. A flat tire forces Frank to look into his trunk. He sees the bag he is transporting to a guy named Wall Street (Matt Schulze) on the other side of the country but pays it no mind -- until it squirms. Inside it is Lai (Qi Shu). In "Cool Hand Luke" coolness Frank buys a soft drink, cuts the tape over Lai's mouth, gives her a sip then drives on to his destination.
Finding that Frank had peeked into the bag, Wall Street is furious and blows up Frank's car with Frank almost in it. Rather, Frank gets blown into the windshield of another car with some mighty fine stunt work. Equally enraged, Frank ransack's Wall Street's house and steals his car. Unbeknownst to Frank, Lai hid in the trunk of Wall Street's car. Now Frank is off again ... with Lai again.
While at his villa with Frank and Lai in it, bad guys decimate it with machine gun and rocket ordnance. A good friend inspector Tarconi (François Berléand) queries Frank about why there are 50,000 spent bullet casings littering his yard. It turns out that Lai is involved in exposing a human slavery smuggling operation with Chinese laborers headed by her father, a father who tries to kill her and who is killed by her to save the good bad guy - er - bad good guy ??? Go figure. There are no more heroes in entertainment.
Lots of action violence. Lots of gunfire to kill. Lots of murder and attempted murder. But not much gore. Kidnapping. Lies. [Is. 59:7, Prov. 3:31-32, Ps. 62:10, Ps. 141:4, Prov. 10:23] Vulgar gesture. A woman as a toy. Offer of sex. Intercourse [Gal. 5:19, Rev. 22:15]. Police corruption. All there to shape your 13 year old's perception of the world [Luke 17:2, Matt. 25:40]. Whether you like it or not.
And the background music was stupid. (But that's not a finding. It is an opinion.)
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