'Transporter 3' Critic Reviews
Shadows on the Wall
Besson and Kamen somehow make a film that's even dumber than part 2.... But they've still got the superbly watchable Statham at the centre, so the script is fairly irrelevant.
Slowing the pace for romance is also a bad idea because it gives the audience the chance to spot plot holes bigger than Iceland's debt. But when he sticks to car chases, explosions and chest-kicking action, Statham delivers.
This action "threequel" is directed by a gentleman named Megaton, so one should not expect subtlety.
The most impressive thing on offer is Statham's straight face...but why the sadistic Besson forced him through a romantic clinch in the Ukrainian equivalent of the Cotswolds is anybody's guess.
Speeded-up motion camera tics add to overall jerkiness - and a series of coincidences and unexplained comings and goings leave you thinking that Besson is impatient with actual story-telling. Fantasy thugs may relish this no-brainer actioner.
Antagony & Ecstasy
Every bit as dumb as its predecessors, but - importantly - it is not nearly so much fun.
New York Press
Forget the Oscar bait, Transporter 3 is the only movie you need to see this season.
Valentina is angry and resigned and just-so-adorably exotic, in the sense that she misses nuance and inverts English syntax ("What matters my name?").
At the Movies
A mindless, silly waste of time.
At the Movies
I had less problems with the characters and more trouble with the actual action, which felt really antiseptic to me.
Jason Statham has become a kind of poor man's James Bond but if you're expecting a coherent plot, forget it. There isn't one. Just action sequences that often lack continuity.
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
It's insane, it's ridiculous, it's way over the top, and while it might not be the best in the franchise, it mostly delivers what its target audience wants.
Check your intellect at the door for some raucous movie fun. Statham's deadpan charm and rough and tumble alpha male swagger prove he's loving every minute of being the last action hero left
Jason Statham preforms more implausible derring-do as a butt-stomping, daredevil driver for hire.
This is a silly film, but all martial arts films are silly. What sets this apart is that it doesn't take itself seriously for even a nanosecond.
While it will no doubt end up being a let down even for the die hardest of fans, the film does contain a couple of interesting thrills here and there.
What Would Toto Watch?
Transporter 3 delivers precisely the same thrills as the first two installments. Take that as a warning - or an invitation.
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
the action scenes are cut so tight that it's nearly impossible to tell what's going on
We get close-ups, awkward camera movements, speed-up/slow-down nonsense, and shots with missing frames. I had to look away a few times because I thought I was going to have a seizure. This was NOT a fun movie to watch.
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
...the Transporter movies work because they're stripped down and focused, moving fast and getting the job done, just like their on-screen hero...
A pointless, junky, lackadaisical product that should hopefully put the kibosh on another sequel.
Seen the first two Transporter movies? Close your eyes and you can picture the third one. There, I just saved you $10.
Transporter 3 is built for action not Oscars, so things like physics and common sense dona(TM)t apply here.
Statham has become something of a poor man's James Bond via this international action smorgasbord franchise, and frankly, I'm all for it.
All that inane chatter from Valentina detracts horribly from what is supposed to be going on in a Transporter movie -- mayhem.