What makes a good action film? To me, there are really only a few qualities. 1) The Bad Guy. 2) The Kickass hero. 3) Some explosions and fight scenes, and of course 4) The hot chick.
The Bad Guy
Robert Knepper plays an excellent villain. Knepper is one of the reasons I watch Prison Break, and I loved his role in Hitman. Transporter 3 is no different. He plays the role amazingly well and really added some spark to the film. However, I really felt like he was held back. I really think that his character should have been a little eviler. Either way, he did an excellent job as the villain, and I really think that his contribution to the film was amazing.
How could you go wrong with Jason Statham? His performance was excellent in the first two Transporter films, and I was very glad that they kept him for a third. Statham is the perfect action star, tough and emotionless. His fight scenes were some of the best I have seen from Statham, and as usual, he did an excellent job with his character.
However, I was quite disappointed in the amount of “unbelievable” moments. Statham pulled off some pretty ridiculous moves, with his fight scenes, and his chase scenes. I only think Statham was hit once or twice despite the fact that he was in a dozen or so brawls. His car chases where awesome, but very unrealistic. I know it is the movies, but I really expected something a little more believable from Statham.
The Hot Chick
Who is the girl from Transporter 3? That is Natalya Rudakova.
Natalya Rudakova, are you serious? How did she land the role as the love interest? I really don’t understand how someone so unattractive could land the role of Statham’s love interest. I loved the idea of her character, the foreign chick that spoke broken English, but I really think that they could have chosen someone a little more attractive. I am also beginning to wonder if her characters “language” was to cover her bad acting skills. To be honest, Rudakova damn near ruined the whole film. If it wasn’t for her quirky personality in the film, I think she would have ruined it all.
I know my review may sound negative, but I really liked the film. For some reason, though I couldn’t write this review without it sounding negative. However, Transporter 3 was much better than it’s predecessor, Transporter 2. The fight scenes were amazing, even if they were flawed, and the story was great. I just really wish they would have tried a little harder to keep the integrity of a film.
Let the hero take a hit every now and then, tone down the car chases, and get a more attractive girl. I know, you can’t win them all but I just think that making these three small changes would have made Transporter 3 more than just a GOOD movie.