At least, this reboot of the Transporter franchise should do some wonders for the Audi sales, not to mention car safety. Each passenger who sets foot in the output deceived, gleaming German car driven by the main character is ordered immediately to hold the seat belt. It is good advice because The Transporter Refueled is a film full of potholes trip.
Arriving seven years after the last of the original trilogy, starring Jason Statham, this latest version, inexplicably set in 2010, has a younger, lighter Frank Martin played by Ed Skrein (Game of Thrones). It is a real decline, not only in physical terms. Frank Martin moves well and has the requisite good looks on ready models, well-maintained stubble and gruff, a booming voice that make the personified machismo. But compared to his predecessor, it seriously lacks charisma, is monotonous and performance without rest stops accelerating the engine of the film.
Camille Delamarre, the film director, is still inexperienced and unprofessional, which makes it slightly less than the overweening ambition to restart a franchise blockbuster action that a famous superstar directed. Ed Skrein takes as its Transporter (the original Daario Naharis) and finds his first mistake. Ed is still learning how to act or emote and most importantly, yet to learn to be agiler in the stunts. In this film, acrobatics look pretentious and amateurishly. Collect four pretty women on a spree of theft, ex-escort girls now out for revenge against her former teacher. None of them can act. Frank Martin is trapped in doing their bidding as Senior Frank (Ray Stevenson) is held, hostage.
Ray is the only man in the film who even tries to act out the emotions in it. You’ll like Ray’s presence in the movie. But as the ladies and risks, Frank dodges and alternately work against each other while being pursued by the cops, in some sequences of high shares of adrenaline in elegant Audis, you’ll realize that someone is calling your Attention – boredom. The plot is fragile and has many holes that can be used as a filter paper. The action sequences are slow, especially when compared with other contemporary action films like Fast and Furious or IM. You really cannot relate to the girls or their desire for revenge, and the end is rather silly and convenient and makes you shiver even more.
Speaking of the plot, what little there is has something to do with Frank being hired by beautiful femme fatale Anna (Loan Chabanol) and her trio of accomplices equally beautiful blondes. When they reveal that they are holding her captive father and given a poison that will kill him within 12 hours, Frank is forced to get revenge on the Russian smuggler who forced them into prostitution 15 years earlier.
The overall movie is not all that bad. The fight scenes have the same ferocity as the previous instalments, but the set pieces left us feeling unsatisfied. There is also some cheesy performances (especially the sisters), and the dialogue is mostly bland (aside from exchanges between Frank and his father). Only the most die-hard Transporter fans should watch this, and other viewers should wait and watch it on the TV instead.
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