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The movie is billed as high adventure with a thrill a minute. The movie starts out with two men on a cargo liner looking for and opening a container expecting to find alcohol. The enter the container and find several containers. Upon opening a container an alarm sounds and other crew come down wearing masks. The find the men dead and the Captain tells the others to clean it up.
Cut to Frank sitting on a boat with an Inspector friend fishing. Meanwhile, a cruise ship pulls in and a black car disembarks. As the car is pulling thru customs it is moved to the side for random check. The occupants are informed to gather their papers and go inside. The driver asks if it is really necessary and as the police office tells him go inside and walks away, the driver takes off. Cut back to the boat and the Inspector gets a call about this and jokes about the only person he knows ho would drive that way is Frank who has an alibi. At this point they they decide to go back in as Frank get’s a bite.
We are now at home with Frank where he has cooked and ate his catch and is dreaming. The dream is about a recent job offer he refused but gave them another name. A few moments later the black car from earlier crashes into the wall as Frank narrowly escapes. As he check on the passenger it is the man he referred who has been shot and unable to really talk. Frank had called an ambulance which has arrived and gurney him out. As they are leaving Frank puts together the ticking bracelet and tries to stop the ambulance as it explodes. He then runs inside and finds the girl in the back seat how vaguely warns him as he is hit over the head.
As Frank awakens he finds himself undressed with a bracelet on. As his kidnappers arrive all is revealed about the bracelet and he is forced into the job.
Thru the course of the movie Frank once again breaks his own rules and disobeys as often as possible trying to break the hold of his captors. Many standard fight sequences, a few shots of Statham without his shirt and the story is all down hill.
If you haven’t seen the first two Transporters you might find the movie enjoyable with it’s elegant fight sequences. But overall the movie was mediocre and and really didn’t hold my attention very well.
Went this past week to see a sneak preview of Australia and have to say I was pleasantly surprised. This is one of the best movies I have seen in a while. First off don’t make the assumption this is a "chick flick" but it has those elements. The movie has a wonderful blend of love, adventure, action, and history.
The story is told from the view of a young mixed heritage aboriginal boy. The opening shows the boy with his grandfather fishing in an area they call Billabong. The boy sees several men down the way and the grandfather tells him to hide. As he is lying in the water a man falls in who has been killed with a spear. This starts a series of events around the grandfather.
Meanwhile in England Lady Sarah Ashley (played by Nicole Kidman) has decided the land in Australia her husband has bought needs to be sold and he must return home. So she sets off to the land down under.
Now in Australia you enter a bar and meet the man who has been tasked with bringing Lady Ashley out to Faraway Downs. The Drover (played by Hugh Jackman) is waiting in a bar while a black friend is waiting outside to watch for Lady Ashley’s arrival. He quickly gets into a fight and as he is fighting Lady Ashley appears on the porch asking for him. As the fight continues it spills out onto the porch and consumes Lady Ashley’s luggage in the process.
The story starts out about Drover was hired to drove 1500 head of cattle to market and thru several events Lady Ashley ends up having to help with the cattle drive. Half way thru the movie of course the Drover falls in love with the hardheaded Lady Ashley but is unwilling to commit. This sets the second course of the movie as World War II comes to the shores of Darwin.
The story held my attention even though it was about 2 hours and 40 minutes long. Throughout the story there are a lot of hints and twist in the plot to look for such as the name of the town. There are hints such as "Fox Trot" which add a bit of humor and frame a sequence of events to the story. Australia is well put together and flows very nicely. In the end they bring everything to nice close and add the last bits of Historical information as relates to the overall story.