Produced by Luc Besson and directed by Louis Leterrier and Corey Yuen, The Transporter is a no-nonsense action adventure movie from 2002. Former stuntman and Olympic standard diver, Jason Statham plays Frank Martin, a gravel-voiced "transporter", who moves certain items from one place to another, according to a strict code with no questions asked.
The Transporter makes no pretensions to be anything more than it is - a slick, well made action flick with a very watchable and charismatic leading man and some thrilling driving stunts and wild fight scenes. All in all the perfect no-brainer Saturday night entertainment. The Transporter spawned a sequel, imaginatively entitled Transporter 2 which contains even more crazy stunts. On the strength of these movies, his work with Guy Ritchie and Crank, hard man Jason Statham is fast becoming that rarest of Hollywood commodities - a British action star who can open movies.
Stanley Clarke, the slap-bass supremo formerly with Chick Corea's Return to Forever, provides a suitably solid and pacy soundtrack for The Transporter which is augmented by punchy tracks from Replicant and DJ Pone. All have their place in this fast paced action movie score. Prior to The Transporter, Clarke scored such movies as Boyz N the Hood, What's Love Got to Do with It, Passenger 57, Higher Learning and Romeo Must Die.