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At Theaters: 10/11/2002 On Video: 4/15/2003
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 42 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 409961
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
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Frank Martin hires himself out as a mercenary "transporter" and adheres to a strict set of rules, which he never breaks. Frank stops along route, he notices his "package" is moving. Violating Rule Three, Frank looks inside the bag, finding its contents to be a beautiful, gagged woman.
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Action Drama - This action film should be a hit with younger audiences, particularly males; older viewers could appreciate that while there is a good deal of fighting, blood is kept to a general minimum. Younger teens also should enjoy.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Jason Statham THE ONE, GHOSTS OF MARS
Shu Qi GORGEOUS, MILLENIUM MAMBO
Francois Berleand SEVENTH HEAVEN
Matt Schulze BLADE 2, THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS
Director: Cory Yuen HERO, THE BLACK ROSE
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About The Production
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 7 S-words, 2 GD's, very few others.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: Shootouts, many martial arts fights.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol and tobacco use.
ACTION: Martial arts fights, shootouts, explosions, chases.
COMEDY: The occasional wisecrack and comic situation.
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Below Average

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Entertainment Weekly   Full Review
Poor "Cram in a ludicrous romance between the monosyllabic Statham and the barely intelligible Qi, hoot-inducing dialogue..., and it's like the worst movie Jean-Claude Van Damme never made.''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Above Average "Too much action brings the movie to a dead standstill. Why don't directors understand that? Why don't they know that wall-to-wall action makes a movie less interesting--less like drama, more like a repetitive video game?''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Poor "almost everything about the film is unsettling, from the preposterous hairpiece worn by Lai's villainous father ... to the endless action sequences.''

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Based on an Exit Polling of 110 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
25
High
88%
13-19Teens (F)
13
Very High
92%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
26
About 50/50
81%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
13
About 50/50
84%
30+Adults (M)
20
High
95%
30+Adults (F)
13
High
92%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

From the comments it appears the guys who rated it the highest liked the action and fighting and didn't mind that it didn't have much else going for it.The ladies rated it about the same as the guys so it's not strictly a guys movie.

There are quite a few very high opinions and very few low opinions so I'd say anyone who is entertained solely by the action is most likely going to enjoy "The Transporter," at least to some degree. For these people this is a movie you'll want to see on the big screen for all the action.But you may want to catch it at a matinee to save a few bucks. Afterwards you may feel more like you've gotten your moneys worth.

Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
Action is what will draw people to this film, and action is what they'll get. Star Jason Statham and his many martial arts scenes are sure to pack a punch with action fans of all ages and genders, even if the story is weak.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Ex-Special Forces operator Frank Martin lives what seems to be a quiet life along the French Mediterranean, hiring himself out as a mercenary "transporter" who moves goods – human or otherwise – from one place to another. No questions asked.

Carrying out mysterious and sometimes dangerous tasks in his tricked-out BMW, Frank adheres to a strict set of rules, which he never breaks. Rule One: Never change the deal. Rule Two: No names – Frank doesn't want to know whom he's working for, or what he's transporting. Rule Three: Never look in the package.

Frank's newest transport seems no different from the countless ones he's done in the past. He has been hired by an American known only as "Wall Street" (see Rule Two) to make a delivery, but when Frank stops along route, he notices his "package" is moving. Violating Rule Three, Frank looks inside the bag, finding its contents to be a beautiful, gagged woman.

Frank's steadfast adherence to his other two rules – which make up his basic code of survival – also quickly falls, hurtling him and his new companion on a road leading to shocking secrets, deadly complications, and the last thing Frank ever expected to come to believe: that rules are made to be broken.

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