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The Transporter - Jason Statham, Qi Shu, François Berléand, Cory Yuen

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Movie propaganda

Rules are made to be broken.

Ex-Special Forces operator Frank Martin (Jason Statham) 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 1: Never change the deal.
Rule 2: No names.
Rule 3: 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" (Matt Schulze) (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 (Qi Shu as Lai).

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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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film action crime driver deliver revenge France car murder kill martial arts

Persons of interest

  • Jason Statham .... Frank Martin
  • Qi Shu .... Lai
  • François Berléand .... Tarconi
  • Matt Schulze .... Wall Street
  • Ric Young .... Mr Kwai
  • Luc Besson .... Screenwriter
  • Robert Mark Kamen .... Screenwriter
  • Cory Yuen .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Jackie Chan starring in the Hollywood remake of The professional.

Jackie uses his surroundings in a humorously unexpected way to combat the henchmen who attack him. Hollywood are notorious for choosing quantity over quality. The professional is one of the best "criminal with a heart of gold" films ever made. Merge the three and you have The transporter.

Jason Statham isn't as buff as he was in Mean machine, but he still has the look of a recently off-duty SAS soldier. Qi Shu makes a good damsel in distress and manages to scream only a few times. There is an implied sex scene but no actual sweaty grinding. Lots of explosions, lots of hitting, not much blood. Ta-dah.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound
  • Languages: English
  • Picture: Widescreen
  • Special features:
    • Commentaries: Jason Statham and Steven Chasman (Producer)
    • Featurettes:
      • Making of
      • Side-by-side fight sequences: Wall Street's house; Container fight; Bus station/Oil fight

Security censorship classification

M (Medium level violence)

Surveillance time

92 minutes (1:32 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 31 October 2002
DVD rental: 6 August 2003
VHS rental: 6 August 2003

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