I did notice a bit of a pattern in this film which seemed to try a James Bond type of movie. Not only do the films themselves have similarities but the main characters share some similarities as well. First are James Bond and Frank Martin’s (Jason Statham) persona of a British rogue strongman who has a proclivity for wearing a suit into ‘battle.’ Second, are their cool cars. While Bond prefers an Aston Martin and a BMW, Frank also prefers his BMW’s and now an armored Audi, which carried over from the second film. In addition, the film also follows the Bond formula of introducing a new attractive female character in each movie. For example, The Transporter (2002) had Qi Shu portray the vixen who traded her body to convince Frank to take the job. Then The Transporter 2 (2005) had a good girl-bad girl combination with Amber Valletta and Kate Nauta respectively. Here in Transporter 3 (2008) we have Natalya Rudakova who continues from where Qi Shu left off by being the flower vase who does not speak fluent English, although this is fine considering that their mother countries main language is not English. I think it adds a sense of “Je ne sais quoi” to their characters. However, there is way too much dialogue between Frank Martin and Valentina (Natalya Rudakova), and while Statham is a capable actor the script falls short here. I thought we had already established that The Transporter films were about more action and less about dialogue and characters.
Overall, The Transporter 3 (2008) is an entertaining movie but it’s not something I haven’t already seen before. I guess they tried to be more realistic this time around but that proved to be too little too late. Since there have already been three different directors for each Transporter film, perhaps it is time to change the action choreographers so as to show some deeper or a different side to Frank Martin. And if they decide not to change the action choreographers then they definitely need to add in some new ideas. There was a bit of humor but there were quite a few moments that had the potential to be humorous and were not.