Transporter, The
PG-13
Entertainment: +3
Acceptability: -2

Jason Statham stars in this action-filled adventure as Frank Martin, a former Special Forces member living in France. Living by a strict set of rules, Martin hires himself out as a transporter, guaranteeing any kind of package will get from one place to another, for the right price. Because of his meticulous planning, rule one for Martin is never change the details of the contract. Names are never used and never look in the package. But Frank breaks his own rules when the package moves and turns out to be a beautiful young woman named Lai (Shu Qi). The daughter of a Chinese gangster who imports Chinese people illegally into France for a fee, Lai disagrees with her fathers methods, especially when it includes family members. But breaking the rules, even if theyre your own, leads to problems. Frank and Lai race to find and free a shipping container full of Chinese people, while dodging gangsters trying to kill them. Filled with incredible stunts, unbelievable martial arts moves and a wild car chase through a French city, THE TRANSPORTER lives up to its label as an action movie.

The initial chase scenes include stunts that seem designed to advertise a certain German auto. Frank seems amoral in the beginning, helping bank robbers transport stolen goods and dodging French police. Holding to his rules, he turns down taking the thieves beyond the contract meeting. Its later shown that the thieves are caught. Despite his apparent non-moral stance, a French police inspector, who recognizes Franks basic sense of right and wrong, looks the other way to help him out. Although dialogue is secondary to the action, several obscenities and strong profanity spoils the conversation. Frequent martial arts fights and shoot-outs seem extended to use violence for entertainment and injuries are sometimes graphically depicted. And like many action films, one scene strongly implies a sexual encounter although no nudity is shown. Although Frank appears to re-discover his moral foundation about whats right, obscenities, condoned pre-marital sex and exploited violence deliver damaged goods for THE TRANSPORTER.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
Distributor: 20th Century Fox, 10201 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035

Summary
Crude Language: Once - Moderate
Obscene Language: Several (9) times S-word 8, finger gesture
Profanity: Few (2) times Regular (GD)
Violence: Many times - Moderate and severe (many shootings, blood splatter, vomiting, several car wrecks, many martial arts kicks/ hits, several explosions /fires, axe attack, implied suffocation, hit on head, slaps, gun threats, graphic hit to crotch, hand stabbed, neck broken, blood flow from wound)
Sexual Intercourse: Implied once - (unmarried couple undressing/ kissing)
Nudity: Near nudity - Few times (women in underwear, skimpy bikini)
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Few times - comments about sleeping arrangement, woman begins undressing)
Drug Abuse: Few times - alcohol/ beer drinking
Other: Man follows rules strictly but breaks local laws, police inspector helps man escape custody, man imperils own daughter/ family, illegal aliens transported in ship container
Running Time: 92 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and adults

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