Frank Martin, who “transports” packages for unknown clients, is asked to move a package that soon begins moving, and complications arise.
The Transporter (Nguoi Van Chuyen 1) is a heady combination that is half testosterone, half attitude, and all action. It really delivers. Don’t pay much attention to the plot – no one connected to the movie does. Just pay attention to the chases and explosions, staged with style by Corey Yuen, a veteran Hong Kong actor/director and co-written by Luc Besson. Whose wildly imaginative visuals ignited The Fifth Element and other films.
Together, they have produced pure movie adrenaline.
Jason Statham is a fine action hero, handling kick-boxing and dialogue with wit, grace, and style.
Shu Qi (Thu Ky), who learned English (or some English, anyway) to take on the role, has a fresh, appealing presence. And Frannois Berlland is superb as the policeman caught between suspecting Frank and admiring him. The bad guys played by Matt Schulze and Ric Young are not as interesting as they could be. But the movie moves so fast you won’t have much time to think about it.