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Transporter 3

Movie review by
James Rocchi, Common Sense Media
Transporter 3 Movie Poster Image
Smash-up action sequel is a little rough for young teens.
  • PG-13
  • 2008
  • 100 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 13 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

The plot revolves around a toxic-waste disposal scheme that sees a high government official's daughter kidnapped to coerce her father into clearing multiple shipments of illegal waste for docking and, presumably, dumping. Nominally, the movie's message is meant to be pro-environmental regulation. Extensive violation of the rules of the road. Public urination.


Extreme and near-constant violence. Extensive martial-arts violence, with metal pipes, knives, articles of clothing, fire extinguishers, and more used as weapons. Shootings, many lethal, are often solely to make a point. Two supporting characters are shown murdered and mutilated by toxic waste. Characters are fitted with explosive bracelets that will detonate if they move too far from their vehicle. Deaths by explosion. Extensive vehicular action, including chases and crashes.


A woman in peril notes in broken English that "I want to feel sex one more time before I die." When the object of her affections demurs, she asks if he is "the gay." Kissing. Nude male and female buttocks. Implied lovemaking. A character is coerced into a "strip-tease." Some discussion of a character's taste for "the rough stuff" in lovemaking.


Some harsh language, including "s--t," "ass," "gay," "f--k," and "hell."


Some brands mentioned and shown on screen -- particularly Audi automobiles.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters drink wine, champagne, beer, and hard liquor. A character takes what's implied to be Ecstasy (MDMA) during a life-threatening set of circumstances, chasing the pills with vodka. Some cigarette smoking, plus discussion of Dean Martin's signature look of "holding a drink and a cigarette."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that, like its predecessors, the third movie in the Transporter franchise features extensive, visceral martial-arts action (not to mention constant violation of any conception of safe driving). There are shootings, explosions, mutilations, and more. Also expect a good bit of strong language (including "f--k") and some kissing and partial nudity (buttocks). The female lead takes Ecstasy mixed with vodka at one point, and other characters smoke and drink. While the film nominally has a pro-environmental regulation message, it's paper-thin wrapping around a slick, glossy package of violence and velocity.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bymlb444 June 28, 2009

Boring action movie

Kind of boring action movie. A mild sex scene just pointless kissing and dosnt show anything but its obious what was going on. Not much strong language.My baby... Continue reading
Adult Written byGamePlayer12 April 12, 2009

Worst one yet.

This one was the worst. It had its ups and downs but trust me more downs.Most of the movie was him driving around town with some stupid girl who wanted to have... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bynight2543 December 3, 2008


Because of the action fighting and car chase seans. Plus hot chicks.
Teen, 13 years old Written byerik252 May 1, 2010
big big disapointment compared to the others very stupid

What's the story?

Professional "transporter" Frank Martin (Jason Statham) is out of the business and enjoying his retirement when adventure literally comes crashing into his home in the form of a car driven by the friend Frank recommended for a job he passed up. Soon Frank finds himself the replacement driver, taking passenger Valentina (Natalya Rudakiva) across Europe at the behest of heavily armed, deeply criminal men who've strapped Frank and Valentina with explosive bracelets that will detonate if they get too far from the car. She's the daughter of a European minister preventing the docking and off-loading of ships loaded with illegal toxic waste; her kidnapping is the leverage the villains intend to use to get their boats unloaded. Can Frank escape the clutches of the bad guys alive while rescuing the girl?

Is it any good?

While the first two Transporter films were good, dumb fun, Transporter 3 is critically wounded by what may be one of the worst performances ever committed to film: Rudakova's work as Valentina. Perilously wooden and amazingly shallow, Rudakova provides purely unintentional comedy as she delivers badly written lines in halting fractured English while pouting, preening, and posing her way through the film. This film is built on a seemingly solid foundation of star Statham's abdominal muscles, martial arts action, and adrenaline-fueled stunt driving.

It's a shame, because Statham still has everything you could ask for in an action lead -- guts, grit, and grace under pressure -- and bad guy Mr. Johnson (Prison Break's Robert Knepper) is suitably silken and wicked. Kudos should aslo go to series fight choreographer Cory Yuen, a master of close, intense, superbly-crafted martial-arts action. Still, you can feel that this is a shabby, quickly made sequel. The story makes no sense -- but, then again, these films have always been more about speed and splashy action than plot or logic. Director Olivier Megaton puts all the pieces together, but with Rudakova so stiff and shabby in her portrayal of a shallow, spoiled brat, you literally don't care whether she escapes with her life. The Transporter films have always been guilty pleasures, but the third installment is such a diluted, dull repetition that you'll feel the guilt much, much more than any pleasure.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Frank's moral code of professionalism and honor ... while conducting illegal activity. How does his precision represent a relative decency, compared to the other characters/groups in the movie? Do you think the filmmakers are trying to convey any real messages, or is the point of the movie just to entertain with over-the-top action? Parents of kids learning to drive might also point out the stunts are not to be imitated.

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