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    The Transporter

    transporter1.jpgDirected by Corey Yuen and Louis Leterrier (who is credited as artistic director on the film), and written by Luc Besson, who was inspired by BMW Films ‘The Hire’ series. The film stars Jason Statham as Frank Martin, a driver for hire and a mercenary transporter who will deliver anything, anywhere, no questions asked for the right price. It also stars Shu Qi as Lai Kwai.

    The film was cut to receive a PG-13 rating in the United States, and this version was also released in the United Kingdom and several other countries. Japan and France received the uncut versions. Certain sequences of violence were either cut or toned down for the PG-13 cut. These include:

    • The fight on the bus, which included Frank using a knife.
    • The final fight on the highway, where Frank fights Wall Street in the truck.

    In the original French version, Wall Street is crushed beneath the wheels of the truck after Frank throws him from it. In the US PG-13 version, he is simply thrown out of the truck and onto the highway. The uncut fight on the bus can be seen in the ‘Extended Fight Sequences’ on the North American DVD, but with no sound. The Japanese region-free Blu-ray cut of this film has the original uncut French version of the film. It also has several special features and deleted scenes. The uncut version of Transporter 2 is also included in this special boxed set.

    Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 54% based on reviews from 127 critics and an average rating of 5.6 out of 10.

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    Transporter 2

    transporter2.jpgDirected by Louis Leterrier and written by Robert Mark Kamen and co-producer Luc Besson, it is the sequel to The Transporter (2002), and stars Jason Statham, Alessandro Gassman, Amber Valletta, Kate Nauta, François Berléand, Matthew Modine, and Jason Flemyng. Both Statham and Berléand reprise their roles as Frank Martin and Inspector Tarconi, respectively. In the story, Frank chauffeurs a young boy from Miami, Florida, who is soon kidnapped and tries to rescue him.

    In 2006, Louis Leterrier re-released an uncensored version of Transporter 2 on DVD. The uncensored release is roughly 25 seconds longer than the theatrical cut, and contains improved CGI, particularly during the car chase from the hospital as well as the private jet scene. This release also contains more violent footage and blood during the fight scenes and contains more nudity in certain scenes with Lola. It is available in Japan (R2 NTSC), France and the UK (both R2 PAL), as well as Thailand (R3 NTSC).

    Transporter 2 opened in the United States on 2 September 2005. During its opening weekend, the film grossed $16 million in the U.S. In total, it earned $43 million in the U.S. and $85 million worldwide.

     On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a score of 52% based on reviews from 122 critics and reports a rating average of 5.41/10, with the reported consensus: ‘A stylish and more focused sequel to The Transporter, the movie is over-the-top fun for fans of the first movie.’ 

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    Transporter 3

    transporter3.jpgIt is the third and final instalment in the original trilogy of the Transporter franchise. Both Jason Statham and François Berléand reprise their roles, as Frank Martin and Inspector Tarconi, respectively. The first film in the series to be directed by Olivier Megaton, it continues the story of Frank Martin, a professional transporter who has returned to France to continue his low-key business of delivering packages without question.

    Natalya Rudakova was spotted by Luc Besson on the street as she hurried to her job at a New York City hair salon. He paid for 25 acting lessons over a six-month period, and brought her to audition in Paris, before she received the role. Roger Ebert noted the rarity of leading ladies who are heavily freckled.

    Unlike its predecessors, Transporter 3 was released by Lionsgate Films instead of 20th Century Fox in the United States. On its opening weekend, the film opened at number 7 with $12 million. The film grossed $31.7 million in the United States and in Canada and $77.3 million in other countries, for a total gross of $109 million worldwide, making it the highest-grossing film in the Transporter trilogy. Transporter 3 was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on March 10, 2009 in the United States. 1,108,030 units were sold, bringing in $19.7 million in revenue. Icon Films picked up the rights to distribute the film in the UK and Australia.

    Review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a 40% approval rating, based on 115 reviews, with an average rating of 4.8/10. The site's critical consensus states: ‘This middling instalment in the Transporter franchise is a few steps down from its predecessors, featuring generic stunts and a lack of energy’.

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    The Transporter Refueled

    transporter_refuelled.jpgDirected by Camille Delamarre and written by Bill Collage, Adam Cooper, and Luc Besson. It is the fourth film in the Transporter franchise, a reboot of the series, and the first film to be distributed by EuropaCorp in North America, but features a new cast, with Ed Skrein replacing Jason Statham as the title role of Frank Martin. It was also the only instalment of the franchise that did not feature François Berléand.

    Filming began on 1 August 2014, in Paris, France. The film was released on 4 September 2015 in the United States and 9 September in France. Upon its release, The Transporter Refueled received generally negative reviews from film critics and audiences, who claimed the film's script as lame and absurd, but praised the action sequences, stunts, effects and acting.

    The film was previously set to be released on 6 March 2015. On 5 November 2014, EuropaCorp moved the film for a 19 June 2015 release. On 1 April 2015, EuropaCorp again moved the film back to a 4 September 2015.

    The Transporter Refueled grossed US$72.6 million worldwide, with its largest territory being China with US$18.3 million. In its opening weekend in North America, the film grossed $7.4 million, finishing 4th at the box office.

    The Transporter Refueled has received negative reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 16%, based on 94 reviews, with an average rating of 3.8/10. The site's critical consensus reads, ‘The Transporter Refueled has little to offer beyond a handful of decent action sequences, leaving this reboot's title feeling more like wishful thinking than a restatement of purpose.’

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    Below are some of the cast members from the various movies. Click/tap on an image to view more information.

    Jason_Statham_Frank_Martin.png     François_Berléand_Inspector_Tarconi.png     Matt_Schulze_Wall_Street.png     Kate_Nauta_Lola.png

    Alessandro_Gassman_Gianni_Chellini.png     Shu_Qi_Lai.png     Ed_Skrien_Frank_Martin_Jr.png     Ray_Stevenson_Frank_Martin_Sr.png

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