The Transporter

December, 2003, Thriller

Directed by:Corey Yuen

Starring:Jason Statham, Shu Qi, Matt Schulze, and François Berléand


Director/producer Luc Besson has to be French culture's worst nightmare; a Gallic filmmaker who's making a fortune doing what the Minister of Culture loathes; Americanizing locally made films. Besson, best known here for big flashy action epics, (La Femme Nikita, The Professional, Fifth Element, The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc) also produces the films of other directors who enjoy his fascination with American pop culture. Here he backs director Corey Yues, a veteran of some 40 kung-fu movies made in Hong Kong. Using Besson's script, Yues delivers some remarkable action sequences reminiscent of John Woo's early films, but the plot, acting and camerawork are pedestrian. 

The Verdict? Even if you like the action/martial arts genre, wait for this one on DVD.

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