Combustible Celluloid
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With: Jason Statham, Shu Qi, Matt Schulze, Francois Berleand, Ric Young, Doug Rand
Written by: Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen
Directed by: Corey Yuen
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violent sequences and some sensuality
Running Time: 94
Date: 10/02/2002

The Transporter (2002)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Flair Package

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

An entertaining surprise, Corey Yuen's The Transporter doesn't have any large issues at stake: just fast, clean fun. Jason Statham, with his growling British-twinged whisper, stars as a freelance secret agent available to transport people or objects from one place to another. This time, it's both: his package starts to move, and it turns out to be the sexy Shu Qi (Millennium Mambo, So Close). All kinds of trouble follows.

Director Yuen (Fong Sai-Yuk, So Close) brings a Hong Kong sensibility to the film, putting its hero through the ringer with a certain amount of joy and enthusiasm, rather than Hollywood's soulless, routine "bigger-faster" formula. One set-piece, involving motor oil, will tickle even the most hardened action fans.

In 2005, Fox released a "Special Delivery" DVD edition of this film, hoping to help hype the sequel. It comes with a commentary track by actor Jason Statham and producer Steven Chasman, a new behind-the-scenes documentary (actually filmed behind-the-scenes), an extended making-of featurette (talking heads and clips), a storyboard/film comparison, 15 minutes of unrated extended fight sequences with optional commentary by Statham, Chasman, and director Yuen, trailers for The Transporter and Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior and a "sneak peek" at the making of Transporter 2.

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