This was way better than I remembered it! Darker, sure, and the Ukrainian girl is made a bit too dumb sometimes... like the language isn't her only limitation, the food's a bit much, and her as a permanent match for Frank?! Hmm. They went into that whole romance part a bit too much too - Frank gets out of character, but overall I liked it.
This was apparently her debut movie btw. Natalya Rudakova. For a first it's not bad at all, but seeing as it took three years before she got another role I guess I'm not alone in feeling it wasn't perfect...
I'm not all too happy about all the fights either. Did some of the ones in the prequels seem too comical, and so they decided to darken things up in the sequel? Suddenly it's not all that fun anymore. The previous two had a sense of seriousness as well, a sense of haste and sometimes desperation, but in this case there's a little bit too much of the latter, and the violence is brutal. What happened to good ol' fashioned fun?
Some of the car chases are a bit too sped up as well, but overall everything is awesome. The bike chase. The bridge. The train... they keep bringing the concept of the car to new levels entirely. Switching things up. Some for better, some for worse, and the plot is like some kind of mixture between both of the previous two, with a little added tinge of politics.
The script was great, and though certain elements seem to remain just for the sake of familiarity there are also elements that seem changed for ditto. Which is nice. It all feels a bit more professional than the previous two, yet still clearly uphold that Transporter vibe.
It's not the best of the first three, and some things are out of style for the Transporter (changing the director might have had something to do with that), but it's definitely a strong movie on its own.
rated 4/5: fo shizzle