The first installment of the Transporter series is on SpikeTV right now, and I'm completely incapable of shutting it off. I mean, we all know I love Jason Statham, but this movie is just so full of win, it's more than just the Statham factor. I used to think that 2 was my favorite of the franchise, because of all the scenes with JS looking after that little kid, and how it's set in Miami, and I love it there, but I stand corrected. 1 really is the best. And it has the best of everything - fights, chase scenes, planes, parachutes, shit blowing up, boats, the tractor trailers . . . I could go on all day, but here's 10 reasons why Transporter 1 is better than Transporter 2 or 3:
1. The music. Seriously, the music in this film is fantastic. Fantastic. I don't know who the folks are that did the music for these movies, but the guy that did 1 was not responsible for 2 or 3. That scene in 1 where Frank has just dropped of Lai, and he drop kicks the door down to get back in and beat the crap out of a whole house full of people? That music is beyond perfect. It's that way through the entire film. As an aside - it was that whole sequence that really showed me how awesome Jason Statham is in the first place.
2. There is no room for taking itself too seriously. It's ridiculous, with just the right amount of plot to keep it from sinking into parody.
3. The directing. Louis Leterrier directed 1 and 2, making them automatically far superior to Oliver Megaton's (yes, that's really his name) work on T3, but Corey Yuen was also a director on 1, as well as in charge of fight choreography, whereas on 2 and 3, he was just in charge of the fights. Which were still the best part of 2 and 3.
4. Frank actually followed his rules, except for when checks on Lai in the car. By T3, all the rules are fully out the window.
5. Madelines. I'm still pretty sure this movie has something to do with how much I love those damn cookies.
6. You knew it was coming - JS just looks better in this one. And he doesn't take himself too seriously either. That whole warehouse fight scene with the buses and the oil? Brilliant.
7. The chick. Lai is sweet and likeable. The mom in T2 is also sweet and likeable, but she's married and she's a mom. The blond Amazon chick is just scary. And please don't even get me started on the annoying, food-describing Russian in T3. WTF was that about? Don't get me wrong, the JS striptease scene with the keys was sort of hot, but she still annoyed me.
8. Frank's effing house. How rad is that place?!
9. The bad guy. C'mon, Wall Street was way cooler than the guys in the other two movies. Matt Schulze is great (he also plays Vince in The Fast and The Furious movies).
10. Inspector Tarconi. It's not necessarily that Francois Berleand is any better in this movie than the others, it's just that this is the first time we meet him and see what a great, funny character Tarconi is capable of being. Plus I'm pretty sure he has a bigger role in this movie, so there's more Tarconi to love.