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Transporter provides cheap thrills, simple plot

A burning car rolls and flips through the street as innocent bystanders stand by and gape in wonder. While the car burns and threatens explosion, they watch as Frank Martin (Jason Statham) carries out perilous tasks with his tricked out BMW.

Such scenes are constant throughout Transporter, which opened in theatres on Oct. 11. This 20th Century Fox flim is rated PG-13 for violent sequences and some sensuality. Transporter, directed by Cory Yuen, delivers 98 minutes of non-stop action entertainment, martial arts and mind-blowing, computer enhanced stunts.

As an Ex-Special Forces operator, Martin hires himself out as a mercenary transporter who ships goods for clients to wherever they ask. However, Martin’s newest package is unlike any other he has received.

As Martin is fulfilling his obligations, he notices his package is moving. Martin stops en-route and looks inside the bag. He discovers its contents to be Lai, a beautiful, bound woman played by Shu Qi.

When Martin began his law breaking life, he set three core rules: never change the deal, no names and never look in the package. He did this in order to guarantee the safety of his secret persona, or so he thought.

Violating rule three, Martin opened the package and hurtled him and his new companion, Lai, down a treacherous road leading to shocking, undisclosed and deadly events.

However, while the action of the film is unsurpassed, the romance comes up lacking.

This movie typifies the strong violent, speeding car chases and exemplary special effects that capture the heart of male audiences but fails as a date flick. While definitely not directed towards children or females, Transporter attempts to mix in romantic sentiment but fails miserably.

According to these guidelines, this film receives a D+. Its pathetic endeavor to target a wide array of audiences condemns the movie to failure.

Transporter is currently showing at Edwards Cinema and additional information can be accessed at www.movies.com.

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