is a French film series, comprising three films released between 2002 and 2008. The protagonist
and reluctant hero
is Frank Martin, portrayed by Jason Statham
. Martin is portrayed as a professional freelance courier driver for hire. Statham is himself an accomplished martial artist
, allowing him to do all the combat scenes involving Frank Martin himself. This permits the films' signature realistic uncut fight scenes, choreographed by Cory Yuen
In the first movie, Frank is hired to deliver a package to an American gangster known only as "Wall Street". Breaking one of his rules, Frank opens the package, it is revealed to be a tied up and gagged woman by the name of Lai. Initially, Frank simply delivers the package, however when Wall Street attempts to kill Frank, Frank returns to the delivery site. Frank injures many of Wall Street's henchmen and steals a car containing Lai. The next morning at Frank's house, an inspector turns up and questions their story. However, this works to their advantage, as they manage to discover the whereabouts of Wall Street while at the police station. Lai then explains that there is a shipping container full of people. However, at Wall Street's office, it is revealed that Lai has lied. After lots of action, and with the inspector's help, Frank succeeds in an attempt to retrieve a truck full of immigrants.
Martin is aided by a French Police inspector named Tarconi. Initially, Tarconi is... Read More