Movie Reviews

Action movie of the week: “The transporter” (2002)


From here on out, I am going to give my review of one action movie each week (or so) and tell you exactly why it is a great action film. This week, it is the film that branded Jason Statham as the action star of our generation, THE TRANSPORTER.

Writer/Director/Produce Luc Besson is responsible for such films as The Professional, La Femme Nikita, The Fifth Element, Unleashed, District B13, and Taken. This guy has some pretty ridiculous credentials when it comes to foreign-born action films. While I love all of these movies, my favorite has to be ‘The Transporter’ series. My love for these films is largely due to two things: amazingly shot/choreographed fight scenes and Jason Statham.

Prior to these films, Jason Statham was an Olympic Diver who competed in the 1992 Olympics. After this, he became a model then a black marketer…which soon led him to his first film “Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels”, leading to a good relationship with filmmaker Guy Ritchie as well. After his debut, he starred in “Snatch” and finally became “The Transporter”. With no real credentials or notice from American audiences, he immediately became an action star with this film. He had the charisma, amiability, and certainly the body mass to be an action hero.

That last comment reminds me of a classic scene in the show “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” where the two characters argue about the body mass of actors in films:

Mac: Well, the big deal, Dennis, is that I wasn’t even consulted on the decision, okay? And this is a big deal to me, as well. It’s also my night. Plus, Transporter 2? We haven’t seen Transporter 1 which means we’ll be completely lost… Plus, Jason Statham’s physique is nothing like the line-up in Predator.