Monday, March 28, 2005

Movies: The Transporter

I watched The Transporter last night on CD.  The premise is interesting, Frank Martin (Jason Statham) is an ex-military man who now works as a transporter — he delivers sensitive packages for clients in his black BMW (apparently a one-of-a-kind model made for the movie).  He plays his game by three rules — one, no changes in the deal; two, no names; and three, never open the package.  As it happens, one of the packages he is hired to transport actually contains a young Chinese woman named Lai (Shu Qi).  Martin opens the package thereby violating his own rules — and soon the people who hired him want him and Lai dead.

The movie is an entertaining action thriller, and has plenty of stylish action and martial arts sequences, and some well-filmed car chases.  It is written by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen, and is directed by HK action director Corey Yuen.  The film credits Louis Leterrier as "Artistic Director" as well (first time I am seeing something like this in a movie).  The music score is by Stanley Clarke, and it is the second score I am hearing from him after the excellent Passenger 57 music.  It gives the movie a light-hearted and fast-paced tone and it was an unconventional kind of score.

Apparently there is a The Transporter 2 in the works, and it is set in America, as opposed to the first film which has some very nice French locations (the car chase that opens the film is set in Nice).


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