Jason Statham … Frank Martin
Qi Shu … Lai (as Shu Qi)
Matt Schulze … Wall Street
François Berléand … Inspector Tarconi
Ric Young … Mr. Kwai
Doug Rand … Leader
Didier Saint Melin … Boss
Tonio Descanvelle … Thug 1
Laurent Desponds … Thug 2
Matthieu Albertini … Thug 3
Vincent Nemeth … Pilot
Jean-Yves Bilien … Little Thug
Jean-Marie Paris … Giant Thug
Adrian Dearnell … Newscaster
Alfred Lot … Cop 1
Synopsis from IMDB: Ex-Special Forces operator Frank Martin lives what seems to be a quiet life along the French Mediterranean, hiring himself out as a mercenary “transporter” who moves goods–human or otherwise–from one place to another. No questions asked. Carrying out mysterious and sometimes dangerous tasks in his tricked-out BMW, Frank adheres to a strict set of rules, which he never breaks. Rule One: Never change the deal. Rule Two: No names–Frank doesn’t want to know whom he’s working for, or what he’s transporting. Rule Three: never look in the package. Frank’s newest transport seems no different from the countless ones he’s done in the past. He’s been hired by an American known only as “Wall Street” to make a delivery; but when Frank stops along the route, he notices his package is moving. Violating Rule Three, Frank looks inside the bag, finding its contents to be a beautiful, gagged woman. Frank’s steadfast adherence to his other two rules–which make up his basic code of survival–also quickly fails, hurtling him and his new companion on a road leading to shocking secrets, deadly complications, and the last thing that Frank ever expected to come to believe: that rules are made to be broken.
Reveiwers: VS, Mrs. VS, PIT #1, PIT #2, PIT #3
VS – 1.75 pointed ears
This was the first Jason Statham movie I ever saw. He’s got the makings of being the Steven Segal or Jean-Claude Van Damme for the 21st century. The action scenes were believable and did not feel shoehorned into the movie. The trope of the protagonist having a code of ethics and then being thrown into conflict with his own rules has been done before and since (see our scathing review of Bangkok Dangerous). However, Frank does not throw his rules out the window and even comments that breaking his rule was a bad idea. He is given a logical reason for violating Rule #3, curiosity.
Mrs. VS – 1 pointed ear
Not a bad movie as far as “hubby movies” go. [editor's note: A hubby movie is classed as anything with action and car chases and one that Mrs. VS would NOT go see on her own]. Yes there was some violence and sensuality but both were subdued. The love scene was not gratuitous. The fist-fights and gunplay are pretty standard for this type of film but were not excessive.
PIT #1 – 2 pointed ears
An interesting story. I really like the concept of a driver for hire who’ll do any job without questions as long as you keep to the deal. The violence was at an acceptable level.
PIT #2 – 1.9 pointed ears
Overall a good story but it jumped around too much for my tastes. I don’t think the writer adequately explained why a simple transporter would suddenly take up the cause of his former cargo.
PIT #3 – 1.8 pointed ears
This movie had kissing and implied sex. Having icky stuff like that in a movie is a complete waste of screen time in an otherwise good action movie.
Overall 8.45 pointed ears out of 10.
Rentable, definitely worth watching if you like Action Adventure. If you’re a Jason Statham fan then it’s a must own. A nice adult-themed film without needing to be viewed after the kids go to bed.