The Transporter opens with a really fun car chase sequence, proving that when they’re done correctly, they’re still not boring. 4 men get into a car being driven by Frank Martin (Jason Statham), but he refuses to take off. He tells them that there was a deal made, and that he was only to drive with three passengers. A man is shot, and we’re off into the best part of the movie.

Martin makes his delivery, and we learn that this is what the retired soldier does for a living nowadays. He takes packages of any size, and delivers them to any destination. He has three rules which have kept him in business for as long as he has: Never change the deal, no names, and don’t look in the package. He breaks this third rule in just his second delivery of the film, and it turns out that there’s a person inside named Lai (Qi Shu). When he delivers her, he is given another package, which blows up his car while he’s at a soda machine. He was lucky. He goes back to fight the people who tried to kill him, and ends up having Lai sneak into the back of his new car.

She eventually tells him that there are some people out there who are also into the transporting business. But they deliver 400 people at a time, and some of them are dying. So Frank decides to go and try to rescue them, all while being bugged by a police officer François Berléand, who seems to know what Frank does, although we’re unsure. He tries to get the real story, which we know, but is unsuccessful. He ends up playing a somewhat pivotal part in a later scene, but is on the whole there just to extend the film’s runtime, so that it can call itself a feature film.

In The Transporter‘s opening scene, it’s enjoyable for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the seriousness that Statham sticks to his rules is hilarious, and I was laughing quite a bit at the first lines of dialogue. And then there’s also the fact that the car chase scene is inventive and quite entertaining. It’s well-made, and it’s something that the team who made it should be proud of. There’s another scene later on involving oil, which is also inventive, although it becomes tedious. The other action scenes are more run-of-the-mill, involving shootouts and fistfights.

They’re also clichéd, both in their delivery and in their context. At an early moment after rescuing Lai, Frank announces that he likes it quiet in the morning — meaning she should shut up. At another moment, when his house is under assault, his spider-sense tingles, and he announces that it’s “quiet, too quiet” before ducking to avoid being struck by a missile. They also don’t make complete sense, such as when he manages to outrun an airplane, or , while paragliding after being dropped out of a helicopter, is moving horizontally faster than the vehicles on the road.

There’s also the character of Frank, who is inconstant. He starts off the film cold and detached, something that was enjoyable to watch. But out of nowhere, he becomes caring and decides to go on this rescue mission. I didn’t quite understand this because it didn’t fit his previously established character, and also because the actor playing Lai did a terrible job trying to look sympathetic.

Movies that consist entirely of action can be enjoyable, but you need to have something else to hold interest, unless you are constantly creative in crafting these moments. Whether it be snappy dialogue, interesting characters or a decent plot, there needs to be something else. The Transporter has nothing to keep us watching, and since the action scenes aren’t all that interesting, it loses interest. By the 90 minute mark, which felt much more like two hours, I had stopped caring about anything that was happening, and was just wishing for the credits to roll.

The absolute worst part of The Transporter is the soundtrack, which was annoying and didn’t often fit what was happening. A lot of it was rap, but there was also some techno mixed in. At one point, Frank turns the radio off, and the music stopped for us. I hoped that there would be no more until a character actually had to turn a radio on again. No such luck, as I was bombarded by more annoying sounds not long after this.

I think a better idea for this movie would have been to just have Frank Martin doing job after job, pulling off stunt after stunt with things occasionally going wrong. That would have been a more exciting film than what we got. He could stay the cold, contracted man that we got in the first few scenes, and he could continue interacting with criminals like he did before too. We could have skipped the obligatory love interest, and just had a bunch of car chase sequences. Sure, you’d need to have a lot of people brainstorming how to keep that exciting for an hour and a half, but I think you could do it. At the very least, it would have been better than what we got here.

The Transporter is a film that consists almost solely of action scenes. It doesn’t waste its time with silly things like plot or strong characters, which, for me, works against it. Some people might find this entertaining, and for those people, they’ll really enjoy this film. It wasn’t for me though, because there’s no secondary element to compliment the unrelenting action. The soundtrack also annoyed me to no end, and I considered putting the film on mute multiple times. It’s not like I’d miss non-expository dialogue anyway.