Mr. Movie

'Transformer 3' for fans only

Unlike a lot of action actors, Jason Statham knows his appeal is in strong, stony silence.

A buff bod, six-pack abs and killer good looks don’t hurt either. Maybe that’s why we like him.

Sparse dialogue, a peek or two at his sculpted body for the ladies and plenty of action are the appeal.

Statham reprises his most famous character Frank Martin in Transporter 3. Bad guys start a cat-and-mouse game with the nattily dressed Martin when they put wrist manacle bombs on him and a young woman. They can’t stray more than a few yards from Frank’s precious car or they die.

His assignment is connected to ecological terrorists who want to thwart a plan by a government official in the Ukraine to keep toxic pollutants out of the country.

Thwarting their plans involves the ever-contentious Martin doing three or four very well-choreographed and filmed fight scenes. A lot of movement goes on in the background to make it look as though Martin is outflanked and outclassed.

However, as it always goes with action-hero movies, the eight to 10 thugs involved in any butt kicking come one at a time to their creative doom.

Packed into a very loose plot are perfunctory car chase scenes, explosions, an “oh-come-on-now” death escape scene, bullets fly everywhere and Statham and his lady cargo get nary a scratch.

This one is for fans only.

Mr. Movie rating: 2 1/2 stars

Rated PG-13 for mature themes, violence. It is playing at the Columbia Mall 8 and at Fairchild Cinemas 12.

5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen

4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.

3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.

2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.

0 stars: Speaks for itself.