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Review:Transporter 3

The third installment in the unremarkable if popular action series brings back Jason Statham as a tough-as-nails mercenary. Result: Transporter 3 smacks of the slipshod mayhem of the first two collaborations, writes Rashid Irani.

india Updated: Dec 06, 2008 22:44 IST

Transporter 3


Cast :

Jason Statham, Valentina Rudakova

Direction :

Olivier Megaton

Rating

: **&1/2

The third installment in the unremarkable if popular action series brings back Jason Statham as a tough-as-nails mercenary. Result: Transporter 3 smacks of the slipshod mayhem of the first two collaborations.

This time around, daredevil driver (Statham) is ordered by a sadistic thug (Robert Knepper) to transport a scantily-clad Ukranian girl (Rudakova) from Marseilles to an undisclosed location in Budapest. Needless to carp, the odd couple forges a bond after the mandatory initial misunderstandings.

The one-dimensional characters are still saddled with cheesy dialogue. Lucklessly, even the car chases are picturised unimaginatively, despite their ludicrous excesses. To be fair, though, a couple of hand-to-hand combats are competently choreographed by the Hong Kong kung-fu master Cory Yuen.

The normally bankable French actor Francois Berleand is wasted in the role of a sarcastic sidekick. Robert Knepper as the villain is archly overbearing. Ultimately, it’s Jason Statham’s physical skills that keeps the second sequel somewhat roadworthy.