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The Transporter (2002), PG-13
Analysis Date: October 11, 2002
CAP Score: 43
CAP Influence Density: 1.98

MinMax: -74

The Transporter (2002) CAP Mini-thermometers

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THE TRANSPORTER (PG-13) -- There are no more heroes in entertainment.

Production: Current Entertainment (in association with) Seaside Productions
Distribution: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
Director(s): Corey Yuen
Producer(s): Luc Besson, Steve Chasman, David Lai
Written by/Screenplay: Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen
Cinematography/Camera: Pierre Morel
Music: Stanley Clarke
Film Editing: Nicolas Trembasiewicz
Casting: Nathalie Cheron
Production Design: Hugues Tissandier

Frank Martin (Jason Statham), ex-operative of the special forces has a job that pays well enough to afford a villa on the French Riviera. His job is simply transporting packages. He takes his job seriously enough to rigidly follow three rules: the deal never changes, no names, never look in the package.

Frank's rules are tested in the first transporting job we see. A gang of four bank robbers who hired Frank for his expert evasive driving skills pile into Frank's BMW directly from the theft. With alarms going off and police sirens getting closer, Frank tells the gang leader (Doug Rand) in the front seat the deal was for three passengers, not four but three. The leader then leveled his gun at Frank's face ordering him to drive or die. But the car has numeric coded security. No one can start it without the code. If Frank is dead, the car does not move. After a few moments of argument and threats to kill Frank, the leader in the front seat moves his gun from Frank's face to the robber in the seat behind Frank and kills him to lighten the load. Now the deal is as it was agreed and Frank begins his job. A lengthy car chase scene ensues that gives new definition to reckless driving and reckless endangerment of others.

In another job Frank's breaks one of his own rules. A flat tire forces Frank to look into his trunk. He sees the bag he is transporting to a guy named Wall Street (Matt Schulze) on the other side of the country but pays it no mind -- until it squirms. Inside it is Lai (Qi Shu). In "Cool Hand Luke" coolness Frank buys a soft drink, cuts the tape over Lai's mouth, gives her a sip then drives on to his destination.

Finding that Frank had peeked into the bag, Wall Street is furious and blows up Frank's car with Frank almost in it. Rather, Frank gets blown into the windshield of another car with some mighty fine stunt work. Equally enraged, Frank ransack's Wall Street's house and steals his car. Unbeknownst to Frank, Lai hid in the trunk of Wall Street's car. Now Frank is off again ... with Lai again.

While at his villa with Frank and Lai in it, bad guys decimate it with machine gun and rocket ordnance. A good friend inspector Tarconi (François Berléand) queries Frank about why there are 50,000 spent bullet casings littering his yard. It turns out that Lai is involved in exposing a human slavery smuggling operation with Chinese laborers headed by her father, a father who tries to kill her and who is killed by her to save the good bad guy - er - bad good guy ??? Go figure. There are no more heroes in entertainment.

Lots of action violence. Lots of gunfire to kill. Lots of murder and attempted murder. But not much gore. Kidnapping. Lies. [Is. 59:7, Prov. 3:31-32, Ps. 62:10, Ps. 141:4, Prov. 10:23] Vulgar gesture. A woman as a toy. Offer of sex. Intercourse [Gal. 5:19, Rev. 22:15]. Police corruption. All there to shape your 13 year old's perception of the world [Luke 17:2, Matt. 25:40]. Whether you like it or not.

And the background music was stupid. (But that's not a finding. It is an opinion.)


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  • Is. 59:7 Their* feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths. [* From Is. 59:4, "their" is they who trust in vanity, speak lies, conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.]
  • Prov. 3:31-32 Do not envy a violent man or choose any of his ways, for the LORD detests a perverse man but takes the upright into his confidence.
  • Ps. 62:10 Do not trust in extortion or take pride in stolen goods; though your riches increase, do not set your heart on them.
  • Ps. 141:4 Let not my heart be drawn to what is evil, to take part in wicked deeds with men who are evildoers; let me not eat of their delicacies.
  • Prov. 10:23 A fool finds pleasure in evil conduct, but a man of understanding delights in wisdom.
  • Gal. 5:19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; ...
  • Rev. 22:15 Outside [of Heaven] are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

    *******Food for Daily Thought*******
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it]. [I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change [warp, distort, falsely represent] the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.

    The Transporter (2002) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • armed robbery
  • firearm threat to head, repeatedly
  • firearm threat to neck
  • reckless driving to avoid capture, repeatedly
  • vehicle reckless endangerment, repeatedly
  • kidnapping, repeatedly
  • beating, repeatedly
  • fighting, repeatedly
  • gunfire to kill, repeatedly
  • explosion to kill
  • attempted murder by rocket, repeatedly
  • attempted murder by gunfire, repeatedly
  • firearm threat to father, repeatedly
  • order to kill
  • long series of martial arts fighting, repeatedly
  • death by sliding on road
  • reckless driving to kill
  • defensive killing by being thrown off truck
  • daughter killing father by gunfire to save good bad guy
  • criminal transport for gain
  • police corruption (let criminal go free)
  • gambling

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 16 uses of the 3/4 letter word vocabulary
  • rude driving
  • deception to avoid lawful prosecution
  • lies, repeatedly
  • "I hate you" to father
  • father slapping daughter
  • father's order to kill daughter for failure to comply

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • vulgar gesture
  • woman as toy
  • offer of sex
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts
  • man on woman for intercourse
  • sex talk
  • crotch hits

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking, repeatedly
  • bar
  • booze
  • drinking, repeatedly

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • two uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and once without

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • murder by gunfire, repeatedly
  • murder by corrupting IV drip

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    "There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our nearly seven years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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    (1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impudence/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

    (2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name in vain is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the four letter expletive is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Portrayal of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

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