The Transporter: Special Delivery Edition Cory Yuen

Luc Besson may be a terrible director, but hitch his story ideas to unpretentious underlings and they're surprisingly fun to watch. Thus, The Transporter, a hilarious Euro-trash action romp full of steely gazes, swank outfits and a complete lack of fidelity to the laws of physics or sense. Jason Statham plays a jaded courier/getaway driver with a Special Forces background and an aversion to human contact; his cynicism is shaken when he discovers his latest shipment is the beautiful Shu Qi and that his bosses are connected to a human traffic scheme. But whereas Besson would milk it for all the schmaltz in the book, Cory Yuen makes it fast, slick and deliciously nonsensical. Statham shines as the driver with one grim expression for life, and though Shu Qi is a bit squeal-y and tentative as the romantic interest/MacGuffin, there's still Ric Young as her delightfully repellent villain father. If it's disappointingly sexist and trivialises genuine human suffering, one can at least take solace in the fact that nobody is thinking about that; they choose instead to concentrate on childishly elaborate action numbers that will either thrill you or make you howl in disbelief. I suppose it never tops its opening getaway drive and bogs down in shallow character development, but for cheap, wafer-thin thrills this has a fairly large share of the goods. Extras in the "special delivery edition" include an uninformative commentary with Statham and producer Steven Chasman, a new "making of" featurette full of loudly overdubbed French-speakers, the original edition's less informative "making of," a storyboard/screen comparison, and three slightly extended action scenes presented with timecode but without sound effects. (Fox)