- Director:Olivier Megaton
- Cast:Francois Berleand, Natalya Rudakova, Jason Statham
- Release Date:February 05, 2009
- Running time:102 minutes
- Film Worth:$5.50
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“…spills over into outrageous, cartoony territory.”
This glossily produced series about a man charged with delivering packages (without asking questions), first hit cinemas back in 2002. Whilst it was initially considered a routine action film with eye popping, jaw dropping stunts, the action now - by the third time round - spills over into outrageous, cartoony territory.
For his third outing, Frank Martin (Statham) has been given the task of transporting Valentina (Natalya Rudakova), the daughter of a Ukrainian politician, from Marseilles to Odessa. Along the way, Martin has to contend with the mob that pressured him into the job, Ukrainian government agents that have been sent to intercept him, Valentina herself, and a bracelet explosive device which prevents them from moving 75 feet from their car.
With insulting action sequences and a tacked-on love scene, the movie quickly veers into a downward spiral. Statham tries hard with a boring, silly script, but in the end survives on charisma alone. He handles the (outrageous) action and stunts well, and certainly looks the part with his lean, rugged look. When he's called upon to (a) drive his car off a bridge to park it on top of a moving train (b) fight over half-a-dozen men at once and (c) chase down a sports car whilst peddling a BMX bike, that's when any remote trace of credibility goes completely out the window...and unfortunately, so does the movie.