Former Special Forces officer, Frank Martin will deliver anything to anyone for the right price, and his no-questions-asked policy puts him in high demand. But when he realizes his latest cargo is alive, it sets in motion a dangerous chain of events.
The bound and gagged Lai is being smuggled to France by a shady American businessman, and Frank works to save her as his own illegal activities are uncovered by a French detective.
The Transporter has “generic action movie” written all over it. In a way, it is, but its cartoonish-feel adds a bit of charm to this 21st century “knight in shining armor” tale. In the film that arguably made him a household name an up-and-coming action star in the United States (his first two major roles were in the Guy Ritchie directed British hits Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch), Jason Statham (The Bank Job) proves he’s worthy of the label “action star,” carrying himself like one, performing many of his own stunts, and bringing a charisma and presence to the screen matched only be a few other action stars working today (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson comes to mind).
The Transporter is certainly not the best action movie of the decade, but it might just have the best pace of any, each and every frame exploding with first-rate action, stunts, or Statham delivering a fine performance that sets up the action when he isn’t shooting, punching, or kicking his way through bad guys.